Change of venue sought in Hailey Owens’ murder case

Change of venue sought in Hailey Owens’ murder case

Change of venue sought in Hailey Owens’ murder case

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 5:59 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- An attorney for the suspect in the kidnapping and death of a 10-year-old Springfield girl is asking to have the trial moved out of Greene County.

Attorney Patrick Berrigan argued in a motion Monday that media coverage had made Greene County residents prejudiced against Craig Michael Wood, who is accused of raping and killing fourth-grader Hailey Owens in February.

Photos: Timeline of Hailey Owens' abduction

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson objected to the change, arguing that Wood could get a fair trial in Greene County.

The Springfield News-Leader reported Patterson also asked this week that the court require Wood to submit a handwriting sample. Prosecutors are trying to prove Wood wrote pornographic stories that were found in his home after Hailey’s body was found there.

Related: Photos of Craig Wood’s home

 

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Wood.

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