Published on January 12th, 2018 | by Admin0
Pothead Sentenced to Death for Killing Child
- Craig Wood sentenced to death penalty for killing Hailey Owens.
- Wood kidnapped, raped and killed Hailey.
Prosecutors said Hailey was essentially tortured by Wood for the last 45 minutes of her life. According to prosecutors, Wood raped and sodomized the 10-year-old in his bedroom, then took her down to his basement, where he shot her in the head while her hands were bound.
School officials said they never noticed any inappropriate behavior from Wood. But at trial, testimony described Wood as a functioning alcoholic who smoked pot daily and kept photos of middle school girls along with fantasy writings in his bedroom dresser.
The gun used to kill Hailey was one of 18 found in Wood’s home.
Throughout their 20s, James Kenneth Dishman said he and Wood drank beer and sometimes did drugs — mostly marijuana, occasionally meth, acid or mushrooms.
In a motion filed last week titled "Motion in Limine: Guns, Sex and Drugs," Wood’s attorney Patrick Berrigan asked the judge to keep evidence related to the following items found at Wood’s home out of the trial: 18 guns, a variety of pornographic videos, baggies containing marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Four days after Hailey’s death, an estimated 10,000 people marched in a candlelight vigil on Commercial Street in Springfield. The Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, where the march ended, was illuminated in purple, Hailey’s favorite color.
Craig Wood before being cleaned up for his trial