Jury Deliberations Begin Thursday in Craig Wood Trial

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The jury begins deliberating the evidence in the murder case against Craig Wood Thursday morning in a Springfield courtroom.

Wednesday afternoon, the prosecution finished making arguments against Craig Wood for the murder of 10-year-old Hailey Owens in 2014. Shortly after, the defense also rested their case after Wood denied to testify.

Closing statements will begin Thursday at 9 a.m., the jury will begin deliberation will follow.

Wednesday, day three of the murder trial of Craig Wood was certainly the most difficult to handle for many in the courtroom, including the jury.

The racing right leg of Defendant Craig Wood, the box of tissues on the witness stand, and an early message from Judge Thomas Mountjoy

"There can not be any emotional outbursts or crying, that could distract this jury from doing their job," said Mountjoy.

All three sent the same message: the third day of this murder trial was not for the faint of heart.

"I lifted her out of the bin and onto a body bag," said Tom Van De Berg.

The proceedings started with Tom Van De Berg, of the Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office sharing with the court, what he remembers of the morning after the body of Hailey Owens was found.

She had been in that position for some time," added Van De Berg.  "Her body was wet, there was some liquid on the surface of the body bag."

After Van De Berg, came Doctor Carl Stacy.

“I’m a child death pathologist for the state of Missouri,” said Stacy. “It was the 20th of February of 2014.”

He spoke mainly to the results of Hailey’s autopsy.

“As I recall it smelled of bleach,” said Stacy.

This time, the photos discussed were not broadcast on the courtroom television. Instead, they were shown only to the witnesses and the jury, through folders provided by the state prosecution.

It wasn’t until the testimony of FBI physical scientist and firearms tool mark examiner Rodney Jiggetts that the screen finally illuminated. 

“These are the fragments I received," said Jiggets. "I was able to determine the caliber of this gun.”

According to Jiggetts testimony, the fragments found on the body were those of a .22 caliber bullet. 

As for whether those fragments came from the gun found in Craig Wood’s home, he couldn't determine that. 

But as for the shell casing found in the same basement as the body...

“The likelihood of another tool making these markings is, in my opinion, a statistical improbability” sadi Jiggets.

Assistant Prosecutor Todd Myers asked, “is it your estimation that they came from this rifle?"

”“Yes, it is,” said Jiggets.

We heard from springfield police detectives and greene county authorities.

Testimony was also heard from an FBI handwriting analyst who says she was able to match the handwriting from the fictional stories found in the purple folder to Wood's. 

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