Woman breaks down as she tells jury about witnessing Hailey Owens' abduction

Published: Oct. 30, 2017 at 10:57 PM CDT
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The death penalty trial against the former Springfield teacher's aide and coach started Monday in Greene County.

Craig Wood is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing 10 year-old Hailey Owens.

The prosecution didn't waste any time laying out their case against Wood for the jury selected from Platte County, just north of Kansas City.

A number of people, including detectives, gave detailed accounts of what happened nearly 4 years ago.

"My husband is up and running and says no, don't touch her don't take her," says Michelle Edwards.

She fought back tears while she recalled seeing Craig Wood grab Hailey Owens and take off with her.

"He takes off with his door open and my husband is like this far from grabbing him and he takes off at a high speed and he is gone in no time," she says.

Her testimony set the tone for the day.

Prosecutors laid out their timeline of what happened to Hailey February 18, 2014.

Investigators helped paint the picture.

"When I opened the tub I could see what appeared to be black plastic bags," says Allen Neal.

He is now a retired sergeant who investigated this case for Springfield Police.

He described the heavy smell of bleach as he searched Wood's basement for Owens.

He showed the jury a picture of a blue tub he found during his search.

"The outline and shape of the bags as I got closer to it I could tell that it was the outline of a small human body," he says.

Video of the first time Wood was questioned by police was also played in the courtroom.

"We've got a little girl missing and you can tell me where she's at," says Detective Kevin Shipley, with Springfield Police.

Even when detectives tell Wood they have information tying him to Hailey's abduction he continues to deny it.

"I have some parents who are shaken beyond what you can imagine. Okay. A mom that is beside herself, hysterical, can't even control herself," says Shipley.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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