Hailey Owens' Mother Tells Judge She Doesn't Want Death Penalty for Wood

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The family of a Springfield girl who was kidnapped and murdered in 2014, is asking that her accused killer be given a life sentence if he is convicted.

Craig Wood was before a Greene County judge Wednesday for a pre-trial conference.   Wood's attorney has filed a motion to have the death penalty motion dismissed in the case.  He is also challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty.

Wood's argument is getting support from the mother of Hailey Owens.  Stacy Barfield took the stand Wednesday, admitting she did not know all the facts of the case, but wished Craig Wood be sentenced to life without parole.


In Missouri, there are only two penalties for first degree murder -  life without parole or the death penalty.

Judge Mountjoy today also heard a motion that was filed on the unconstitutionality of the death penalty in Missouri. The defense was granted their wish of an evidentiary hearing on that matter. It was scheduled next month on July 27.

Although no ruling was made today, the process of selecting a jury for the case moves ahead. Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson wishes to have a questionnaire ready to be sent to Platte County, where jurors will be selected for Wood's trial, which is currently scheduled to begin in late October.  

Patterson is seeking a group of 500 people from which to choose the jurors and alternates.


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