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Judge Hears Change of Venue Request in Craig Wood Case

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Lawyers for Craig Michael Wood discussed with Circuit Judge Dan Conklin and prosecutors which jury would hear Wood’s murder trial during a hearing Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Lawyers for Craig Michael Wood discussed with Circuit Judge Dan Conklin and prosecutors which jury would hear Wood’s murder trial during a hearing Tuesday.

Next month, a hearing will consider where that trial will be held.

At a pre-trial conference Tuesday morning, Conklin heard but did not rule on defense attorney’s requests that Wood’s case not be heard by a Greene County jury. A motion seeking to move the trial out of the county will be heard at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4.

Woods’ lawyers contend he cannot get a fair hearing in Greene County because of extensive media coverage of the kidnap, assault and murder of 10-year-old Hailey Owens in February.

Earlier this year, Owens was grabbed off the street near her Springfield home. Several hours later, her body was found in the basement of a house on East Stanford where Wood lived.

Prosecutors filed notice in July saying they intend to seek the death penalty against Wood.

Wood is charged with murder, armed criminal action, child kidnapping, rape or attempted rape, and sodomy or attempted sodomy.

He is being held in the Greene County Jail without bond.
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