The elementary school athletics coach charged in the death of 10-year-old Hailey Owens reportedly says he didn't kill the little girl, despite her body being found wrapped in trash bags in his bleach-soaked basement. He was also reportedly found to have child pornography in his home and more than a dozen guns. Police reportedly found a three-ring binder containing child porn and they seized computers, video recordings and hand-written journals. Craig Michael Wood is accused of snatching little Hailey off a Springfield, Missouri street just blocks from her home in broad daylight as neighbors watched in horror. However, Wood reportedly plans to plead not guilty and says he had nothing to do with her murder.
Hailey was found shot in the head and with ligature marks on her wrists, indicating she had probably been tied up.
She was found stuffed into trash bags and plastic containers in Wood's basement. With all of that, it sounds incredible that Wood plans to plead not guilty, but it happens. Everyone has the right to plead not guilty -- doesn't mean they will be found not guilty!
Wood reportedly had denied that he had anything to do with Hailey's death and said he wasn't anywhere near children that day -- never mind that Hailey's body was in his basement.
Also, reportedly Wood was not poor. Police apparently found evidence of a $1 million trust in his name in his home. Yet he has been given a public defender thus far. Incredible!
Shockingly, Wood was an elementary school athletic coach, and also a teacher's aide. He was around children all day long!
And, yet, Wood's only criminal history was possession of a controlled substance and taking of wildlife, both charges happened years ago.
Terrifying that this man was allegedly stockpiling child porn and eyeing up a children to snatch and kill and yet had no history of this kind of behavior. And yet if he is pleading not guilty in the face of this much evidence -- well, his defense must be heard. You never know what strange circumstances could lead you to being the main suspect in a murder case and everyone has the right to defend his or herself.
He certainly has a mountain of reported evidence to explain.
The death penalty is being considered in the case.
Does it surprise you that this person had no criminal history and will plead not guilty?
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