Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Craig Wood's Death Sentence

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued a decision upholding the conviction and death sentence of Craig Wood, who was convicted of the 2014 kidnapping, rape, and murder of 10-year-old Haley Owens of Springfield, MO. Wood's attorneys argued that because several errors were committed during the trial, as well as the fact that he was sentenced to death by a judge instead of a jury that the death sentence should be thrown out. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that decisions made by the trial court were appropriate and that the death sentence was not disproportionate.

Missouri and Indiana are the only states where a judge can impose a death sentence if the jury can not reach a verdict. Other states follow the federal procedure that a defendant is sentenced to life imprisonment if the jury is deadlocked. Legislation was introduced in the General Assembly last year that would make Missouri follow the rule of other states, but it didn't pass.

July 22, 2019 - 7:36am

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