An attorney for the suspect in the kidnapping and death of a 10-year-old Springfield girl is asking to have the trial moved out of Greene County.
Attorney Patrick Berrigan argued in a motion Monday that media coverage had made Greene County residents prejudiced against Craig Michael Wood, who is accused of raping and killing fourth-grader Hailey Owens in February.
Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson objected to the change, arguing that Wood could get a fair trial in Greene County.
The Springfield News-Leader reported Patterson also asked this week that the court require Wood to submit a handwriting sample. Prosecutors are trying to prove Wood wrote pornographic stories that were found in his home after Hailey’s body was found there.
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Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Wood.
| The Associated Press