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Lawyers take the death penalty case of a Springfield man before the high court

(MissouriNet) — The Missouri Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today (Tuesday) in Jefferson City in the case of a prisoner appealing his death sentence for killing a Springfield girl five years ago.

51-year-old Craig Michael Wood is currently incarcerated in Potosi, under a death sentence. Wood was convicted of first degree murder for the 2014 kidnapping and killing of ten-year-old Hailey Owens in Springfield. Wood’s attorneys have filed a 136-page brief with the Missouri Supreme Court. In it, they argue that Missouri is one of only two states that allow a judge to impose a death sentence after jurors could not. Greene County Circuit Judge Thomas Mountjoy sentenced Wood to death. Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office has responded with a 106-page brief, which says Missouri’s statute allowing a judge to impose a death sentence when the jury deadlocks is constitutional. The attorney general’s office writes that the Missouri Supreme Court “has repeatedly found that procedure to be constitutional.

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