Parent: Students 'liked' coach accused of murdering 10-year-old Springfield girl

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

(KMOV) -- A middle-school football coach charged with killing a 10-year-old Springfield girl is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday.

 

Forty-five-year-old Craig Michael Wood’s arraignment was initially scheduled for Thursday but postponed a day.

Wood, 45, was charged Wednesday night with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and child kidnapping in the shooting death of fourth-grader Hailey Owens.

Wood has worked at Pleasant View K-8 school in Springfield since 1998.

Many people, including a parent interviewed by News 4's Matt Sczesny, said Wood was well-dressed and got along with students. 

Click the video above to see what she had to say

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