The attorneys are from the Missouri State Public Defender's Office.
Craig Michael Wood is charged with murder, armed criminal action and child kidnapping in the death of ten year old Hailey Owens. He's accused of abducting the girl from her neighborhood last month. Police say she was found dead inside Wood's home hours later.
Patrick Berrigan and Thomas Jacquinot are both part of the capital defense team. Jacquinot says they stepped in because this is a high profile case with significant allegations.
"The capital division is operated primarily out of Jefferson City and goes where assigned or needed on cases the death penalty expertise is required," says Attorney Will Worsham. "My estimation is it's highly likely the prosecutor will seek the death penalty."
Worsham is not involved in the case at all, but he's been an assistant prosecutor and is now a criminal defense attorney. KOLR10 News asked him to weigh in.
"I would say anytime you expect a capital case or a death penalty case, you're going to want to get the capital unit involved as soon as possible," says Worsham. "And the right personnel working on the case as soon as you can."
A motion filed Friday by attorneys Berrigan and Jacquinot notes that the state has not waived the death penalty.
"The case on its face seems to have all the elements required to meet a death penalty case," says Worsham. "And certainly all the public outrage we expect to see in a capital case."
In the motion, the defense says it also wants the case to be recorded so a reviewing court will have a complete record of all proceedings and can determine the basis of the court's rulings.
KOLR10 News tried to contact Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson who says he has no additional comments at this time.
Both Berrigan and Jacquinot plan on being in Springfield for Wood's preliminary hearing in April.
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