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Cops: Child porn at suspect's home in Mo. girl's killing

Greene County Sheriff's Office/AP

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Police say they have found child pornography at the southwest Missouri home of a middle-school football coach accused in the kidnapping and killing of a 10-year-old girl.

Search warrants released Friday by Springfield police say they found a three-ring binder containing pornographic photos of young children at the home of 45-year-old Craig Wood.

Officers also seized computers, cameras, 15 guns, 30 video recordings and a hat believed to have been worn by fourth-grader Hailey Owens.

Wood is accused of snatching the child as she walked home from her best friend's house Tuesday evening in Springfield. Neighbors said they watched in horror and unsuccessfully gave chase as Hailey was pulled into a pickup truck that quickly sped away.

Wood's public defender, Christ Hatley, said Friday that Wood plans to plead not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in the fourth-grader’s death. Wood is being held without bond.

Court records indicate  

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Hailey Owens, 10, was kidnapped from a Springfield, Mo., street on Tuesday evening, police said. Her body was found Wednesday.

AP
Hailey’s body was found in Wood's basement, stuffed into trash bags and plastic containers. Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said Hailey was shot in the back of the head and had ligature marks on her wrists, suggesting she was tied up.

An autopsy is pending.

During the court hearing Friday, assistant prosecutor Todd Myers challenged Wood's use of a public defender after he said police found evidence of a $1 million trust in Wood's name.

"I think he can afford his own attorney," Myers said.

Hatley replied that he appreciated the prosecutor's concern for Wood's rights but that "it's frankly none of his business."

Circuit Judge Dan Imhof said he would consider the matter. He scheduled a follow-up court appearance in March and a preliminary hearing in April.

  • Crimesider Staff

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