Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday morning at 9 at the Greene County Courthouse in Springfield in the trial of an Ash Grove man charged with abducting and killing Hailey Owens.
Jurors convicted 49-year-old Craig Wood on Thursday of first-degree murder in the 2014 death of Hailey Owens.
The defense didn't dispute that Wood killed the girl, but contended that Wood didn't deliberate first, as prosecutors allege.
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During the trial, witness Carlos Edwards testified he was raking leaves when he saw Wood drive past his Springfield home several times before stopping, asking Hailey for direction and then pulling the fourth-grader into his pickup truck. Edwards said he took off running but a drainage ditch at the edge of his yard stopped him from getting to the truck. Hailey's body was found inside two garbage bags inside a plastic storage tote in Wood's basement.
Prosecutors also called forensic pathologist Dr. Carl Stacy of the University of Missouri to the stand on Wednesday.
Hailey's body was found in Wood's basement. The prosecution described Wood going to a store to buy bleach and going to a laundromat to clean his clothes. He was a football coach and supervised students in the in-school suspension room.
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