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Three teens from Nixa, one teen from Sparta killed in crash

Crash happened just before 11:00 Wednesday night.

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Craig Michael Wood

Judge puts off ruling on date for Craig Wood's murder trial

Wood is charged with kidnapping, raping and murdering Hailey Owens, 10, last February in Springfield.

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Craig Wood's attorneys list 10 reasons murder trial should be in March 2016 or later

Wood is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens in Springfield last February.

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Jury from Platte County will hear trial for teacher's aide accused in Hailey Owens' murder

The family members of murdered ten-year-old Hailey Owens said the judge's decision will allow them to attend the trial.

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Hailey's family says trial in Springfield will let them watch it without hardship

Craig Wood will be tried in Springfield for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Hailey Owens, but other issues related to the trial are still in dispute.

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Craig Wood's trial will be in Springfield with jury from Kansas City area

Craig Wood is charged with kidnapping, rape and first-degree murder for the death of 10-year-old Hailey Owens of Springfield last Feb. 18.

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Craig Michael Wood

Site of murder trial may be announced Thursday

A judge may announce where Craig Wood will be tried for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Hailey Owens, and who will hear the case. 

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Craig Wood's attorney says he and prosecutor agree on change of venue method

Wood is charged with kidnapping, raping and murdering Hailey Owens last February in Springfield.

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Prosecutor defense attorney can t agree on trial date

Murder suspect Craig Wood will be tried by out-of-town jury, trial date is not set

Craig Wood, suspected of kidnapping, raping and murdering Hailey Owens, appeared in court on Tuesday.  No rulings were made.

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Hundreds gather to celebrate Hailey Owens Birthday

Hundreds remember Hailey Owens on her birthday

Family and friends of Hailey Owens celebrated what would have been her 11th Birthday.

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Craig Michael Wood

Police found video of suspect Craig Wood on day of Hailey Owens' murder

Wood is charged with kidnapping, raping and killing the 10-year-old girl last Feb. 18.

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Craig Wood in court

Craig Wood asks for new site for trial for Hailey Owens' murder

Wood's attorney told a judge that people in Greene County are prejudiced against his client and that prosecutors have "undue influence" over potential jurors.

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VIDEO Couple honored for helping police

VIDEO: Couple honored for helping police

Springfield couple honored for helping police in the Hailey Owens investigation

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Prosecutor will seek death penalty against Craig Wood for Hailey Owens' murder

The notification was made Friday morning, after Wood's circuit court arraignment.

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Craig Michael Wood

Accused killer of Hailey Owens may hear evidence in court

Craig Wood is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Thursday afternoon.

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Playground dedicated to honor Hailey Owens

School park playground will honor murdered Hailey Owens

The lower playground at Westport School will be named Hailey's Playground.  Hailey was in the fourth grade at the school before she was kidnapped and murdered.

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"Most Wanted" man arrested in Vernon County

Stolen vehicles, loaded guns seized after stakeout.

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Craig Wood in court

Judge postpones Craig Wood's preliminary hearing

Wood is charged with kidnapping and killing Hailey Owens in Springfield on Feb. 18.

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Raw Interview: Parents of Hailey Owens discuss daughter's abduction, changes to Amber Alert law

Hailey Owens' family is pushing for changes that could help save another child's life.   The goal of Hailey's Law is to improve and speed up the state's Amber Alert system.  They asked to talk about that night and how they hope to make a difference.  (This is a portion of that interview.)

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Craig Wood in court

Autopsy shows Hailey Owens was sexually assaulted after kidnapping

The prosecutor asked a judge to add rape and sodomy charges to the murder and kidnapping case against Craig Wood.  They could make this a death penalty case.

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Craig Wood in court

Prosecutors won't use Craig Wood's statements in preliminary hearing

Wood is charged with kidnapping and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens of Springfield two months ago.  He was an aide and football coach at Pleasant View Middle School.

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Accused killer of Hailey Owens wants statements thrown out

Defense attorney says Craig Michael Wood asked for questioning to stop.

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12 bricks dedicated to Victims Memorial

Hailey Owens, ten others remembered in Springfield's Victims' Memorial Garden

Thursday, city leaders paid a special tribute to victims of crime at the Victims' Memorial Garden at Phelps Grove Park.  Eleven victims were honored, including Hailey Owens. 

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Craig Wood in court

Accused murderer Craig Wood appears in courtroom for first time

Wood is accused of kidnapping and killing Hailey Owens, 10, last Feb. 18.

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Pictures: Craig Wood in court for motions hearing

Craig Wood appeared as his defense attorney and the prosecutor sparred over procedures that will be used in upcoming hearings in the case of the kidnapping and murder of Hailey Owens.  Associate Circuit Judge Mark Powell presided.  Wood is represented by public defender Pat Berrigan.   Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson represented the state.  Hailey's mother and stepfather, Stacy and Jeff…

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State report says murdered Hailey Owens may have been sexually assaulted

The disclosure about the 10-year-old girl had not been mentioned in court proceedings and documents in the case of her accused murderer, Craig Wood.  It could make this a death penalty case.

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Program updates 'stranger danger' message for elementary school students

Martin said the waiting list for his classes started following the abduction and murder of Hailey Owens.

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Some seek faster Amber Alert system after Hailey Owens' murder

They want alerts to be issued quickly and then withdrawn.  Law enforcement agencies say they have to make sure a reported abduction is real before issuing an Amber Alert.

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Parents of murdered girl sue accused killer for damages

Stacey Barfield and Markus Owens filed a wrongful death lawsuit last Friday. 

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Hailey Owens murder case goes to 3rd judge

This time, prosecutors requested a change in judge for the murder case of Craig Wood

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Boys and Girls Clubs work to keep kids safe after school

Programs provide safe places for kids after school

Safety is the number-one goal of the Boys and Girls Club organization.  That goal was heightened following the abduction and murder of 10-year-old Hailey Owens two weeks ago.

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School programs encourage classmates of Hailey Owens

Volunteers for the North Springfield Betterment Association say, while they are still grieving the loss of the murdered girl, they are focusing on encouraging her classmates.

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Hailey Owens

Spiritual leaders address anger, grieving, forgiveness following death of Hailey Owens

Spiritual leaders say forgiveness will lead to healing for the community following the abduction and murder of Hailey Owens.  

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Craig Michael Wood

New judge is assigned to Craig Wood's murder case

Wood is accused of kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old girl, Hailey Owens.

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Stephens, Mayor Bob

Mayor says Springfield is not Mayberry anymore

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens says, if only half a percent of people in the city are bad, that's 800 people.

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Funeral service for Hailey Owens will be 'celebration of life'

The Missouri Victims Compensation Program and Greenlawn Funeral Home will pay for all funeral arrangements and service costs.

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Mayor Bob Stephens

Watch: 'This isn't Mayberry,' Mayor Bob Stephens addresses Hailey Owens tragedy

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens addressed the death of Hailey Owens Monday.  He reminded us "this isn't Mayberry."

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"Last week, the entire city of Springfield was stunned by an event that was so random and so violent that it violated all our deeply-held definitions of a civil community.  The kidnapping and death of 10-year-old Hailey Owens triggered within our city an outpouring of shock, anger…

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Ridgecrest Baptist Church

Visitation, funeral are at Ridgecrest Baptist Church

Many people in Springfield are looking for ways to get over their anger and grief, and support Hailey Owens' family.

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Family announces funeral arrangements for Hailey Owens

Funeral for the murdered 10-year old girl will be Wednesday at Ridegcrest Baptist Church in Springfield.

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Slideshow: Ozarks wears pink and purple for Hailey Owens

Many across the Ozarks are wearing pink or purple to support 10-year-old Hailey Owens.

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Pictures: Makeshift memorial for Hailey Owens created on Commercial St.

More than 10,000 gathered on Commercial Street in Springfield Saturday night remembering the life of Hailey Owens. A makeshift memorial was created after Saturday's vigil where people placed candles, stuffed animals and notes. Pictures taken by photojournalist Justin Haase. 

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More than 10,000 march on Commercial Street for Hailey Owens vigil

Thousands lined Commercial Street for the March for Hailey Owens on Saturday night.  The 10-year-old girl was murdered on Tuesday after she was abducted.

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Map: Where to park for Hailey Owens vigil

The City of Springfield has stated that parking for Saturday night's candlelight march and vigil honoring 10-year-old Hailey Owens could be challenging. As a result, a map of parking spaces around the vigil site on Commercial Street has been released. 

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Candlelight vigil will remember slain Hailey Owens on Saturday night

Other groups and businesses plan events to raise money for girl's family.

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Counselors offer advice on dealing with emotions

Counselors offer tips for dealing with grief, anger over Hailey Owens tragedy

Shock, sadness, anger are painful emotions being felt by many after the tragedy that shook our community.

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Ozarks turns to pink, purple to show support for Hailey Owens' family

Those were the favorite colors of the slain 10-year-old girl.

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Craig Wood

Search warrant documents show more on case against accused killer Craig Wood

Craig Wood is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action.  In his home, investigators said they found several guns and pornographic images of young children.

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(img1)Video: Mom speaks to Steve Grant

Video: Hailey Owens' mother talks to KY3's Steve Grant; 'She was my little angel'

Hailey Owens' mother is struggling for answers, trying to understand why anyone would snatch and murder her precious ten-year-old daughter.  KY3's Steve Grant had stopped to see the flowers people left on the street where Hailey was taken.  A car pulled up, Stacey Barfield, her sister, aunt and cousin got out. She was calm and composed and this conversation started. 

[Editor's note: The mother…

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Wood family releases statement following the death of Hailey Owens

Authorities accuse Craig Michael Wood of murder in the death of Hailey Owens Sunday.

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Parents seek ways for kids to defend themselves following Hailey Owens tragedy

In light of the Hailey Owens  tragedy, many parents are seeking way to keep their kids safe.  One avenue being taken by some parents is that of self-defense and martial arts.

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