SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – The man convicted of abducting and killing a 10-year-old Springfield girl has been sentenced to death.
Circuit Judge Thomas Mountjoy on Thursday sentenced 49-year-old Craig Wood for the February 2014 death of Hailey Owens.
Woods was convicted in November of first-degree murder but the jury couldn’t decide whether to impose the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Before sentencing, Mountjoy denied motions from Wood’s attorneys for a new trial and calling judge-imposed death sentences unconstitutional.
The case severely impacted the Springfield community. Four days after Hailey’s death, an estimated 10,000 people marched in a candlelight vigil to honor her.