The former middle school football coach convicted of abducting, raping and killing a 10-year-old Missouri girl has been sentenced to death.
Circuit Judge Thomas Mountjoy sentenced Craig Wood on Thursday for the death of Hailey Owens on February 2014.
The 49-year-old Wood was convicted of first-degree murder as early as November but the jury couldn’t decide then whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without parole.
Mountjoy previously also denied motions of Wood’s lawyers that asked for a new trial and described the judge-imposed death sentence as unconstitutional.
Wood has done horrific things against his child-victim. He snatched the young girl off a Springfield, Missouri street in broad daylight. Horrified witnesses saw the incident. He took the victim home, where he raped her before he shot her in the head. The young girl’s body was found in the basement.
Neighbors tried to rescue the girl, chasing after the suspect and recording Wood’s plate number.
Wood’s lawyers tried to argue that what he did was not deliberate but that it was an impulsive act. They blamed it on long-suppressed urges and methamphetamine.
Wood was on his way to buy bleach then before supposedly going to a laundromat to clean his clothes.
Prosecutors stood their ground and pursued the death penalty for him for what his horrific crime against an innocent child.