Hearing Set in Springfield Girl's Abduction, Death

5 years 11 months 6 days ago Thursday, February 20 2014 Feb 20, 2014 Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:27:54 AM CST February 20, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A middle-school football coach charged with killing a 10-year-old Springfield girl is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday.

Forty-five-year-old Craig Michael Wood's arraignment was initially scheduled for Thursday but postponed a day. Wood was charged on Wednesday with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in the shooting death of fourth-grader Hailey Owens.

Police say the child was snatched off the street just blocks from her home in what they call a stranger abduction. Several neighbors unsuccessfully attempted to rescue the child, chasing the suspect on foot and by car.

Wood has worked for the Springfield school district since 1998 as a coach, substitute teacher and teacher's aide. Hailey attended a different school, and police and school officials say the two didn't know each other.

 

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