by Collin Lingo, Ozarks First
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Judge Thomas Mountjoy sentences Craig Wood to death for the first-degree murder of 10-year-old Hailey Owens in February of 2014.
A jury from Platte County, Missouri found Wood guilty on November 2nd, and deliberated for a few hours before not reaching a verdict in the sentencing phase.
Before making his decision on Thursday, Judge Mountjoy heard arguments from both the defense and the prosecution regarding the validity of Wood’s murder trial and the constitutionality of the sentencing process.
Missouri is one of only two states that allow this kind of sentencing based solely on a judge’s decision. It’s a method the defense was outspokenly opposed to.
The likelihood of appeals is high, but Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson says he is confident the death penalty will stand throughout the appeals process.
In a statement released by her attorney, the victim’s mother Stacy Herman says “Craig Wood finally got what he deserves. Knowing he will never get out and never hurt another child is my satisfaction.”
Herman says this is not over for her as she still plans to push for Hailey’s Law in years to come.
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