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When was the last Obamacare?
Here are some
death-penalty case? answers

Richard DeLong’s Despite an insurance company car-

ousel and lawmakers plotting for the
trial in deaths of 5 end of Obamacare, Missourians can be
covered through the federal health
took place in 2001 care marketplace set up by the Af-
fordable Care Act for 2018.
Missourians can apply online for
GIACOMO BOLOGNA Obamacare at starting
GBOLOGNA@NEWS-LEADER.COM Wednesday. Open enrollment ends
Dec. 15.

t was an unusually warm A list of people available to help oth-
ers enroll in Obamacare in the Spring-
day in Springfield on Jan. field area is available online. An event
meant to help Springfieldians enroll
20, 1999, when a 16-year-old will be held by the Cover Missouri Co-
alition from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at
girl went next door for The Venues church, 2616 E. Battlefield
some sugar. Inside the northwest In the state, two insurance compa-
nies — Humana and Blue KC — are ex-
Springfield home, the teen found iting the marketplace in 2018. Cigna
will continue offering Missouri mar-
the strangled body of her pregnant ketplace plans, and St. Louis company
Centene has said it will offer plans for
See ANSWERS, Page 6A
The dead woman, Erin Vanderhoef,
had been bound by her hands and feet.
Police were called, and soon they
were investigating one of the most bru-
tal killings in the history of Springfield.
Elsewhere in the home, police found Jury pool in Craig
the bodies of Vanderhoef’s three chil-
dren — two of whom were gagged. Offi- Wood case is
cers determined the killings took place a
day prior, on Jan. 19. tough on crime,
They also learned Vanderhoef was
pregnant. KC attorneys say
Days later, authorities arrested the
father of Vanderhoef’s unborn child — HARRISON KEEGAN
34-year-old Richard DeLong — and HKEEGAN@NEWS-LEADER.COM
charged him with five counts of murder.
For justice to be done, prosecutors Attorneys in the Kansas City area
said, there was only one sentence that say Platte County jurors have a bit of a
would suffice: the death penalty. reputation.
DeLong’s murder trial — which took And it’s not a great one for people
place in 2001 — is the last time Greene ABOVE: From left, Dara Vanderhoef, charged with crimes.
County prosecutors have argued for the Christopher Franklin, Erin Vanderhoef “I would not be dancing in the street
death penalty in court. and Jimmy Vanderhoef. The if I was a defense counsel and I had a
As the trial begins for the man ac- Springfield family was murdered in jury coming in from Platte County,”
cused of kidnapping, raping and killing January 1999. said Kansas City defense attorney
10-year-old Hailey Owens in 2014, prose- Robert Calbi.
LEFT: Richard DeLong’s 1999 mug shot
cutors are again preparing arguments On Friday, lawyers completed the
for the death penalty. process of picking a jury from Platte
Craig Wood’s jury trial begins Mon- County to hear the case against Craig
day. Michael Wood in Greene County.
His attorney said Wood was willing to Dr. Nancy Hornstein, a psychiatrist who testified at Wood, 49, is accused of kidnapping,
plead guilty in return for life in prison, raping and murdering Springfield 10-
but prosecutors have not offered a plea Richard DeLong’s sentencing, said he had a year-old Hailey Owens in February
deal. 2014.
Wood is charged with five felonies: psychotic episode the morning of the A Platte County jury will decide
first-degree murder, armed criminal ac- whether Wood is guilty of first-degree
tion, child kidnapping, rape and sodomy.
murders. According to Hornstein, DeLong’s alcoholic murder, and then possibly whether he
If Wood is convicted, jurors will then father would ram his son’s head into a toilet or countertop should be put to death.
Calbi is not involved in the Wood
See COURT, Page 5A when DeLong was a boy, causing head injuries.
See JURORS, Page 8A

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Expecting tough budget year, MSU gets creative

CLAUDETTE RILEY penses and meet goals in- and produces more mon- Other changes coming among other benchmarks. that you hit, the smaller the
CRILEY@NEWS-LEADER.COM cluding maintaining affor- ey.” Smart said there are “There is some uncer- deduction from the state.”
dability for students. other reasons the coming tainty now in how they are Smart said there is also
Sugarcoating was not Smart said many oper- Tuition likely going up going to be used. Our old a question about whether
year will be a challenge.
an option Friday when Mis- ating costs go up annually, Budget cuts are expect- This year, the state’s performance funding institutions will be treated
souri State President Clif including insurance, utili- ed. Before the start of the public colleges and univer- measures only applied to as a group or individually
Smart talked about next ties and health care. fiscal year on July 1, MSU sities received roughly the new money and impacted when it comes to state
year’s budget. The university was re- plans to identify at least same cut, but that could be how much new money you funding next year.
Smart told the Board of cently notified that it will $1.5 million in savings. Last changing. got,” he said. “We antici- “Last year, everyone
Governors the fast-grow- have to pay more into the year, ideas for belt-tight- In December, the Mis- pate these performance got the 6.5 percent cut, ev-
ing university is braced to Missouri State Employees’ ening were solicited from souri Coordinating Board funding measures, at least erybody got the 2.5 per-
make “more difficult than Retirement System, or students, staff and faculty. of Higher Education is ex- to some extent, are going to cent withhold,” he said.
usual” decisions regarding MOSERS. “We are going to look to pected to roll out new per- be applied to core funding “We anticipate that may
its 2018-19 spending plan. This year, MSU in- reduce costs and reallo- formance funding mea- and could impact the not be the case, so univer-
“We expect a hard year creased its annual contri- cate that money,” he said. sures. Institutions are amount of the reduction sity A may get a 3 percent
next year,” he said. “... No bution by $2 million, and Smart noted 73 percent of evaluated on their out- that we get.” reduction, university B
one is telling us it’s going to that is expected to go up by the budget is personnel, so comes, such as retention He added: “In theory, if may get a 5 percent reduc-
be a good year — zero.” another $750,000 next there may be a loss of posi- rate and graduation rate, it works that way, the more tion, university C may get a
With tax changes kick- year. tions, but it is not yet clear that you get right, the more 10 percent reduction.”
ing in, there is uncertainty Smart said a cost-of-liv- how many.
about the state budget, and ing pay raise for employ- Students will likely be
the amount available to ees is a priority. If the uni- asked to pay more in tu-
fund higher education — versity offers a 2 percent ition and fees.
and many other areas — increase, it will cost nearly Without a state waiver,
cannot be determined until $3 million. MSU is only allowed to
after the state adjusts its “We have talked about raise in-state, undergradu- She’s loving
spending plan to absorb the importance of doing ate tuition by the same per-
growing Medicaid ex- some type of pay raise next centage as the Consumer better health.
penses and other manda- year,” he said. “We did no Price Index. The CPI will
tory costs.
MSU, along with every
cost-of-living adjustment
or pay raise of any kind in
be set in early 2018 but is
expected to hover near 2
Her new life.
other public college and the current year.” percent.
university in Missouri, ex- On top of that, the uni- Smart said raising tu- And herself.
perienced back-to-back versity expects $250,000 to ition by 2 percent would
state funding cuts earlier reward faculty who are generate nearly $3 million
this year. For the Spring- promoted — for example, next year.
field campus, it was a loss an associate professor who “If we do that, it be-
of nearly 9 percent of its becomes a full professor. comes extremely impor-
funding. “We think it’s critically im- tant that we’re working in
The university ab- portant that we continue to other ways to reduce the
sorbed the blow by cutting do that promotion work.” cost for our students,” he
spending, eliminating po- MSU has gained more said.
sitions and events, raising students every year for Several options are on
tuition, dipping into re- nearly two decades. How- the table. For example, a
serves and forgoing pay in- ever, since it is nearly im- faculty group is evaluating
creases for employees. possible to predict exact a proposal to reduce the
Smart said the univer- enrollment each fall, the number of credit hours
sity is starting its budget annual budget is devel- needed for a bachelor’s de-
planning process this fall, oped expecting flat enroll- gree from 125 to 120.
months earlier than usual, ment. Smart said a prelimi-
because it expects “anoth- Smart said the conser- nary review showed at
er challenging year” at the vative approach has paid least 80 percent of stu-
state Capitol. off each year, until this dents would graduate with
He said state funding one, because the “unbud- the same requirements as
for higher education is ex- geted enrollment growth” they do now but would be
pected to go down, not up. provided a financial cush- required to take fewer
For that reason, MSU will ion. Last year, it generated elective courses. “We
start to build a budget as- an extra $2 million. think it’s very meaningful
suming a state funding This year, that cushion to look at.”
drop of at least 2.5 percent was thin. MSU gained 450 A decision could be
— although it may be high- students from the U.S. but made as early as the spring
er. lost more than 200 from and, if approved, the
“The second piece is we other countries. Interna- change could be in effect
know costs are going to in- tional students pay much by fall 2018.
crease,” Smart said. higher tuition and fees, so The university is also
MSU has two primary the university only gained exploring the use of free
sources of revenue for its
operating budget. This
year, 34 percent was state
about $100,000.
“It did not produce sig-
nificant additional reve-
“open access” textbooks
for a range of courses or
providing more curricular
Ready to find a lasting solution
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Court Then-Greene County
Prosecutor Darrell Moore
After three hours of de-
Continued from Page 1A said her death was espe- liberation, the Platte Coun-
cially gruesome. ty jury decided to spare
“He wanted to watch DeLong’s life. He was sen-
be asked to recommend a Erin struggle,” Moore tenced to life in prison
sentence. said. “She killed herself. without the chance of pa-
The jury — like it was in He rigged it so she would role.
the DeLong case — will be die by her own feet. She DeLong, now 53, is
from Platte County. was struggling to keep her housed at the Potosi Cor-
Wood has said he was feet up.” rectional Center in Miner-
high on meth at the time of DeLong, authorities al Point.
Hailey’s abduction. said, was in a love triangle
DeLong had a severe with Vanderhoef and an-
meth addiction when he other woman, Stacie Lef-
killed Vanderhoef and her fingwell.
children. Leffingwell, as well as
Dr. Nancy Hornstein, a Harold “Bobby” Lingle,
psychiatrist who testified were identified as accom-
at DeLong’s sentencing, plices in the murders.
said DeLong had a psy- Leffingwell died in Oc-
chotic episode the morn- tober 1999 from complica-
ing of the murders. tions of AIDS before she
According to Horn- could go to trial.
stein, DeLong’s alcoholic Lingle was convicted of
father would ram his son’s five counts of murder in
head into a toilet or 2002. Prosecutors did not
countertop when DeLong pursue the death penalty
was a boy, causing head in- against him.
juries. After Lingle’s convic-
DeLong also suffered tion, Moore told the News-
from chronic depression, Leader his theory on the
attention deficit hyperac- quintuple homicide.
tivity disorder, marijuana “I still believe Stacie
dependency, opiate abuse Leffingwell was the insti-
and more, Hornstein said. gator of the whole thing,”
An expert for the prose- Moore said. “Stacie Lef-
cution said DeLong’s brain fingwell was the toxic
was completely normal combination that set the
the day of the murders. whole thing up. Absent
During the guilt phase Stacie Leffingwell and her
of DeLong’s trial, prosecu- desire to see Erin dead,
tors flashed crime-scene I’m not convinced this
photos on a bare wall of the whole thing would have
courtroom. happened.”
Jimmy, 11, under a At DeLong’s sentencing
chair, with bruises on his hearing, his mother, Mary,
neck and a gag hanging out pleaded for mercy, noting
of his mouth. her son has HIV.
Chris, 10, a gag also “With HIV and the pos-
hanging out of his mouth, sibility of AIDS, he can’t
with clothes and pillows live that long anyway,” she
covering his body. said. “Why don’t you let
Darlene, 8, draped over him live the time he has
a chair. left?”
The last picture showed DeLong’s attorney
Vanderhoef, 36, who had asked the jurors to “let SL-0000430824
8A October 29, 2017 SUNDAY NEWS-LEADER §

Search heats up for next

Nixa school superintendent
CLAUDETTE RILEY replacement earlier this tised. After reviewing ap-
CRILEY@NEWS-LEADER.COM year. plications, the next step is
Zac for the board to decide
The Nixa school board Rantz, who will go through the
will meet Monday to start chief com- interview process.
sifting through the appli- munica- “The board will con-
cations from 24 individ- tions offi- duct multiple rounds of
uals who want to lead the cer, said in-person interviews with
district. the 24 ap- those that have applied,
The deadline to apply Stephen plicants in- but there are no plans to
for the superintendent Kleinsmith cludes sev- announce finalists,”
job was midweek. en women Rantz said.
Craig Wood takes the stand during a court hearing on March 3, 2016. His trial in the February This is the first time and 17 men. Kleinsmith’s current
2014 kidnapping, rape and slaying of Springfield 10-year-old Hailey Owens starts Monday in the the 6,200-student district Three applicants were in- salary is $182,492. Ac-
Greene County Courthouse. NEWS-LEADER FILE PHOTO in Christian County has ternal. cording to the district, the
launched a search for a The applicants are pay for the next superin-
new leader in nearly two from Missouri and eight tendent will be based on
fense team might prefer are less likely to get proba- decades. Stephen Kleins- other states. The district experience.
Jurors Platte County to Greene
tion in Platte County than
Greene County.
mith, superintendent
since 2000, will retire
has not yet released a
breakdown of which
Rantz said the earliest
the board is expected to
Continued from Page 1A Republican Donald It’s unclear how many June 30 after 18 years in states and how many are make a hiring decision is
Trump had less support in of the sentences analyzed the post. from each one. Dec. 14. But, the board has
Platte County than in in the report were handed Kleinsmith announced Nixa Public Schools the option of pushing that
case, but he regularly tries Greene during the Novem- out by judges and how plans to step down more has been working with the date if it needs more time.
cases in Platte County. He ber election. Platte is also many by juries. than a year ago, citing Missouri School Boards’ The new superinten-
said the jurors north of the slightly more diverse, Wood’s attorneys asked health reasons. The board Association on the search, dent is expected to start
Missouri River are gener- with a population that is 87 for an outside jury to hear started searching for his which was widely adver- July 1.
ally tougher on crime than percent white, versus Wood’s case early on in the
jurors from other counties Greene’s 91 percent. court proceedings, argu-
in the Kansas City area. One of the big differ- ing the vast media atten-
He said in his experi- ences between the two tion had compromised the
ence, jurors in Platte counties is median house- Greene County jury pool.
County are sharp, skepti- hold income — $41,227 in The Greene County
cal and will make a de- Greene County compared Prosecutor’s Office initia-
fense attorney work. to $68,254 in Platte County, lly argued against having
“They are not going to according to the United an outside jury before
go for the Twinkie defense States Census Bureau’s both sides settled on ship-
or anything like that,” Cal- 2015 information. ping in a jury from another
bi said. “They live up to the Ferguson has a unique part of the state.
reputation that this is the perspective on Platte Wood’s attorney Pat-
Show Me State.” County jurors since he rick Berrigan said he
Arguments in the case used to work as a prosecu- could not comment on why
should begin Monday at tor there before becoming both sides agreed on Platte
the Greene County court- a defense attorney about County for the jury pool.
house. 20 years ago. Dan Conklin was the
North Kansas City law- He said winning cases judge in this case when
yer Mark Ferguson said in Platte County was easi- Platte County was select-
the attorneys in Wood’s er as a prosecutor. ed. Generally speaking, he
case are likely dealing “Out of the five coun- said the court needed a
with a jury pool that is pre- ties in the Kansas City county that was far away
dominantly white, conser- metro area, I would say it and large enough that the
vative, old and wealthy. is probably the second attorneys could easily find
Ferguson said that de- toughest,” Ferguson said. a pool of about 500 poten-
mographic is generally “Johnson County, Kansas, tial jurors.
bad news for defense at- being tougher.” The last Greene County
torneys. There is some data to death penalty case was
“The more conserva- back up the notion that also heard by a Platte
tive, the more likely you Platte County is tough on County jury back in 2001.
are to lose,” Ferguson said. crime. The Platte County pros-
“The more pro-law, pro- A 2015 report from the ecutor’s office did not re-
law enforcement they are Missouri Sentencing Advi- spond to a request for com-
going to be.” sory Commission found ment about working with
If that’s true, Wood’s de- that “average” offenders jurors in the county.



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5 big moments
from the 1st day
of Wood’s trial
Harrison Keegan and Giacomo Bologna
Springfield News-Leader

After more than three and a half

years of court proceedings, arguments
began Monday morning in the Craig
Wood trial.
Wood, 49, is accused of kidnapping,
raping and killing 10-year-old Hailey
Owens on Feb. 18, 2014.
Prosecutors plan to go after the death
penalty if Wood is convicted of first-de-
gree murder.
Here are five big moments from the
first day of the trial.

1. Wood had child porn printouts

Before opening statements began,

Judge Thomas Mountjoy heard a mo-
Defense attorney Patrick Berrigan makes his opening statement during the trial of Craig Wood on tion filed by Wood’s attorneys about im-
Monday in Springfield. ANDREW JANSEN/NEWS-LEADER ages of apparent child pornography
found in Wood’s bedroom after Hailey’s
Question is whether Wood deliberated before acting Wood’s lawyer, Patrick Berrigan, ar-
gued the printouts from the internet
don’t have any bearing on this case and
Giacomo Bologna Springfield News-Leader | USA TODAY NETWORK According to could unfairly prejudice the jury.
Berrigan, Wood According to Berrigan, the photo-

he attorney for Craig Wood told jurors Mon- acted spontane- graphs showed prepubescent girls, in-
ously when he kid- cluding one involved in a sexual act. He
day that his client kidnapped, raped and napped Hailey, said the photos were taken more than a
killed 10-year-old Hailey Owens in 2014. who was walking decade ago and were easily accessible
In his opening statements Monday home from a on the internet.
friend’s home on Greene County Prosecutor Dan Pat-
morning, defense attorney Patrick Berri- Hailey Owens Feb. 18, 2014. terson argued the photographs could
gan largely agreed with the prosecution about the ba- Wood was not point to Wood’s motive.
driven by conscious thought, Berri- Mountjoy granted the motion filed by
sic facts of the case. gan said during the trial’s opening the defense, preventing the photo-
Here’s where they disagreed: Did Wood deliberate statements, but was acting on long- graphs from being introduced at trial.
before those acts? suppressed urges — and fueled by
meth. 2. Eyewitness gives emotional
If Berrigan can convince the jurors that Wood did If this had been a deliberate ac- account of Hailey’s abduction
not deliberate before allegedly killing Hailey, it could tion, Berrigan argued, Wood would
not have grabbed Hailey in daylight, Michelle Edwards, an eyewitness to
spare Wood’s life. in front of witnesses and in a car the abduction, was the state’s second
Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty for with a license plate that pointed witness on Monday.
Wood, but they must first prove he committed first- back to him. Edwards testified that she was sitting
“He has no disguise whatsoever,” in her garage on West Lombard Street
degree murder. Berrigan said. “There’s no marks or on Feb. 18, 2014, on hold with the IRS
A first-degree murder conviction means there was nylon stocking over his head. He when she saw Hailey walk in front of her
doesn’t even have dark sunglasses.” house.
deliberation before the murder took place, which Ber-
rigan said is missing from this case. See TRIAL, Page 3A See MOMENTS, Page 3A

Prescription monitoring program slowly spreads

American Medical Association head: ‘Great start’ tients are from Greene
County, then you’ve got
According to Barbe, an effective pre-
but mandatory statewide program still needed some information about scription drug monitoring program has
that individual,” Barbe three traits: it gathers as much informa-
Jackie Rehwald can Medical Association, called the St. said. “If they drive out to tion as possible about what has been
Springfield News-Leader Louis County program a “great start” but Mountain Grove to see me prescribed to a patient, the information
said a mandatory statewide program is Dr. Dave and I prescribe to them is available to prescribers in real time or
still needed. Barbe and they fill a prescrip- close to real time, and it is an easy part of
Although Missouri continues to be “There are still tremendous holes in tion out there, the doctor the prescribers’ and pharmacists’ work-
the only state in the nation without a the current St. Louis County-sponsored here in Greene County can’t see that.” flow.
statewide prescription drug monitoring and collaborative (program),” he said Barbe said he hopes the St. Louis Barbe went on to call Gov. Eric Grei-
program, many counties and towns are during a recent trip to Springfield to talk County program leads to a “real” state- ten’s recent executive order to create a
opting to join the St. Louis County pro- about the opioid epidemic with physi- wide program. prescription drug monitoring program
gram. cians. “I think the fact that it exists at all is “not useful.”
David Barbe, a physician from Moun- “If you live in Greene County and you an indication that the Missouri legisla-
tain Grove and president of the Ameri- prescribe in Greene County and your pa- ture has failed us up to this point,” he See PRESCRIPTIONS, Page 3A

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Terry Whaley of Ozark Greenways retiring

Wes Johnson Highway to the Sun trail in Glacier Na- ally link southward to the Trail of Tears perimeter of the lake.
Springfield News-Leader tional Park. Maybe some whitewater park in Battlefield and to Nathanael Kromrey said her immediate goal will
rafting in Utah. Greene/Close Memorial Park to the be to fill some gaps within the current
Under Whaley, Ozark Greenways north. trail network, so the trails are more in-
When Terry Whaley joined Ozark built out the 35-mile railroad link be- Abbey Ehlers, president of the Ozark terconnected.
Greenways 22 years ago, the greenway tween Springfield and Bolivar, turning it Greenways board, said Whaley “has “We’ve also had a lot of questions
trail system was little more than a few into a mostly gravel path for hikers and provided not only the vision but also the about adding a link to the city of Ozark,”
blocks of pathway be- bicyclists. backbone of Ozark Greenways for the Kromrey said. “There are over 120 miles
tween Grant and Kansas “We own the Frisco Highline Trail, past 22 years.” of trails identified in the city’s Vision 20⁄20
Expressway. and it needs to be the crown jewel of “His leadership abilities to join pri- plan. And there’s upwards of 200 miles
As he prepares to retire Ozark Greenways,” Whaley said. “It’s a vate and public entities in trail develop- we’d like to eventually see built.”
and hike and bike some of tremendous asset, but it’s under-mar- ment is remarkable,” she said. “He was Finding enough money and acquiring
the great trails in the keted, under-utilized and under-pro- the guy whose ear was always on the easement rights to build Ozark Green-
country, Whaley, 60, can moted.” ground listening to Public Works, Storm way trails will continue to be a key focus
Terry be satisfied that Ozark The Ozark Greenways board voted to Water, City Utilities, Planning and Zon- for the Ozark Greenways staff.
Whaley Greenways now take hire John Montgomery to take on the ing, private developers, etc. Any and all Whaley said Kromrey “has a good
walkers, runners and bi- management, maintenance and promo- opportunities to add trails to the con- sense of organizational management
cyclists on 72 miles of tion of the Frisco Highline Trail. It’s a versation were pursued. and community outreach skills” that
trail — 78 miles if you full-time position, Whaley notes. “The backbone part comes from the she’ll need to run Ozark Greenways.
count the James River Another trail that Whaley said has a use of his personal truck (currently with Kromrey joined Ozark Greenways in
Water Trail for paddlers. lot of potential to become something 339,000 plus miles on it) for the trail February of 2016 as Development and
He’s passing the reins special is the Ozark Greenways Trail of maintenance of the Frisco Highline Civic Engagement Specialist. Previous-
to Mary Kromrey, who Tears on the southwest side of Spring- Trail and others. Utilization of his own ly, she served as a member of the board
Mary was hired by the Ozark field. A 1,200-foot section has been tools and manpower. Truly the man has of directors. Since her time with Ozark
Kromrey Greenways board to be completed, with signs noting the histor- lived and breathed trails and all the Greenways, she has successfully exe-
the new executive direc- ic significance of the trail, where thou- benefits of them for his tenure.” cuted the Trails for Generations funding
tor. She takes over on Nov. 1. sands of Cherokee Indians walked after There are other greenway projects in initiative that raised $935,000 to fund
“I have no plans other than to travel being forced from their southern lands the works that Whaley now hands to trail capital improvement projects.
with my wife, who retired in 2016,” between 1831-1850. Kromrey. “Our outdoors are a huge economic
Whaley said Monday afternoon. “We “This has national historical signifi- He said Ozark Greenways has been engine for our region,” Kromrey said.
want to do some hiking and biking, and cance, and there’s a meaningful story talking with Springfield City Utilities “The work Ozark Greenways does con-
do it while we still have the bodies to do with it,” Whaley said. “Very little of that about extending the 2.5-mile hiking nects new audiences to the outdoors ev-
it.” story is known by our Springfield com- trail at Fellows Lake, either adding an- eryday which will continue to fuel our
On the list: Bike trips along the Co- munity.” other trail on the lake’s south side or economy into the future. How cool is
lumbia River Gorge in Oregon and the Whaley hopes that trail will eventu- possibly developing a trail around the that?”

Trial According to Berrigan,

two of those girls had the
Patterson described
the day of Hailey’s ab-
the bottom was Hailey’s body wrapped
in plastic.
same names as girls in duction moment-by-mo- “She is folded up and stuffed in this
Continued from Page 1A the sexual fantasy stories ment, explaining how tub,” Patterson said.
written by Wood. Wood went from grab- According to Patterson, a medical ex-
Police said they found the body of In one story, a girl is bing Owens to destroying aminer would later find Hailey had been
Hailey covered in black plastic bags in a Craig Wood drugged with sleeping Dan and hiding potential evi- bound and sexually assaulted.
blue plastic bin in the basement of medications and is sexu- Patterson dence. There was a bullet wound to the back
Wood’s house on East Stanford Street. ally abused, Berrigan said, and in the A girl’s pink shirt and of her skull, Patterson said, and there
Meth would later be found in the other story a girl consents to sexual con- blue jeans shorts were found in a dump- was a contact wound, meaning Wood
house, Berrigan said, as well as a purple tact with Wood after a game of truth or ster by a strip mall near Wood’s home, fired from close range.
folder with disturbing stories and pic- dare. Patterson said. There were several guns located in
tures. All four of the girls whose pictures Surveillance footage showed Wood Wood’s home, Patterson said, but it was
The folder was found in the drawer of were in Wood’s purple folder were inter- buying bleach and drain cleaner at a a .22-caliber rifle located in a safe that
Wood’s bedroom dresser, Berrigan said. viewed by police, Berrigan said, and all Walmart, Patterson said, and his Wood used to kill Hailey.
“And in this purple folder they find four said Wood had never acted inap- clothes and bedding were found at a Patterson said Wood used the
handwritten stories,” attorney Patrick propriately. laundromat near Missouri State Univer- .22-caliber rifle — the smallest caliber
Berrigan said. “There’s stories about Berrigan argued that Wood had kept sity. firearm in the house — because it was
sexual fantasies — two of them about his urges contained, but the day Hailey When police obtained a search war- the quietest and would create the least
having sex with 13-year-old girls.” was abducted was the day the top final- rant, they went back inside Wood’s mess.
Police also found four pictures of ly blew off. home, Patterson said, and into the base- After opening arguments were made,
young girls, Berrigan said, and all four According to Greene County Prose- ment where the smell of bleach was the witnesses and police gave testimony
girls attended the school were Wood cutor Dan Patterson, there was little strongest. and were questioned. The trial resumes
worked as an in-school suspension su- about Wood’s actions that were hap- Two blue plastic bins were stacked Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. when
pervisor. hazard. atop each other, Patterson said, and in more witnesses will be taking the stand.

Moments 3. Detective testifies about

finding Hailey’s body
Hailey’s mother Stacey Barfield was
not in the courtroom during Neal’s tes-
a couple of photos of her friend and
some photos of seemingly random
timony. things around the house.
Continued from Page 1A Allen Neal, a retired Springfield po- Barfield said prosecutors are giving It was not said in open court exactly
lice sergeant, testified that he found her a warning when graphic evidence why the defense attorneys objected.
Edwards said she did not know Hai- Hailey’s body in the basement of will be shown so that she can avoid be-
ley but had seen the girl in the neigh- Wood’s home on East Stanford Street ing inside the courtroom. 5. Video interview shows Wood on
borhood before. early on Feb. 19, 2014. Barfield said Monday was difficult night of abduction
Edwards said Craig Wood pulled up Neal said he went to Wood’s house but she can see the light at the end of
in a Ford Ranger pickup truck, asked about 8 p.m. on the day of the abduc- the tunnel. Detective Kevin Shipley testified on
Hailey where Springfield Street was tion after police identified Wood as a Monday afternoon about his dealings
and then pulled the girl into the truck possible suspect. 4. Cellphone leads to argument with Wood on Feb. 18, 2014.
before speeding away. Police went into Wood’s house a among attorneys Shipley was the first detective to in-
With tears running down her face, short time later to do a “safety sweep” terview Wood after Wood was taken to
Edwards said her husband, Carlos, and see if Hailey was inside, but they On the day she was abducted, Hailey Springfield police headquarters that
sprinted after Wood and was feet away did not find her. had been home sick from school and night.
from reaching the truck before it sped Officers then applied for a search took several pictures using her cell- During Shipley’s testimony, prose-
away. warrant and went inside to do a more phone. cutors admitted into evidence a video
Carlos Edwards would later testify thorough search a few hours later. When the prosecutors moved to ad- showing that interview.
that he would have gotten to the truck if Neal recounted going down the mit those photos into evidence on Mon- After asking Wood a few general
not for a drainage ditch in front of the stairs to Wood’s damp basement, day, Wood’s attorney objected. questions about his activity that day,
house that caused him to take an indi- smelling bleach and inspecting two The attorneys then went into a side Shipley pleads with Wood to tell him
rect path. plastic tubs that were sitting on top of room to debate with the judge about Hailey’s whereabouts.
Prosecutors played Michelle Ed- one another. whether the photos should be admit- “I need to know where she’s at, bro,”
wards’ frantic 911 call from moments af- Inside the top tub, Neal said he found ted. After about 7 minutes, the attor- Shipley said in the video. “I got some
ter the abduction. Edwards provided po- mail and other documents. neys came out of the side room, and the parents that are shaken beyond what
lice with Wood’s license plate number, a When Neal opened the lower tub, he judge allowed the photos to be shown. you can imagine.”
key piece of evidence that helped inves- said he saw a plastic trash bag with a The photos were predominantly sel- Wood told Shipley he didn’t know
tigators track down Wood that evening. small human body inside. fies that Hailey took that day along with anything about the abduction.

Prescriptions the controlled medications they dis-

pense in September and prescribers
person,” Jarvis said. “I think it will help
curb the problem we have over prescrib-
gram passed. Even Puerto Rico and
Guam have prescription drug monitoring
could gain access to that data on Oct. 1. ing.” programs.”
Continued from Page 1A As of last week, 57 local prescribers Jarvis explained that private practi- Evans said the program should be
have completed the entire registration tioners often see the same patients year used as a tool to get patients help — not
Under Greiten’s plan, prescribers and process, said Kathryn Wall, spokesper- after year and know their patients well. as a way to get them in trouble with the
providers will not be able to access pa- son for the Springfield-Greene County ER and urgent care doctors, like himself, law.
tient data. Health Department. are seeing new patients every day and “Our goal in using these types of tools
“That is purely a law enforcement “We are 26 days into this PDMP, and can benefit greatly by being able to look should be to determine when a patient is
(program),” Barbe said. “It doesn’t help previously the focus has been on getting up what prescriptions have already been in trouble and help them, give them re-
me. It doesn’t help my patient.” pharmacists signed up so that data col- prescribed. sources to get help and to be able to have
lection could begin,” she said in an email. “It gives you more confidence in what that conversation,” she said. “To say, ‘I
About the St. Louis County program “Now the focus has shifted to enrolling you are doing,” Jarvis said. “I wish that see you are filling this, this, and this.
prescribers. Our health care partners we had the statewide database like the Here are some resources to get help, how
Stone County announced last week have been very involved and supportive other 49 states, rather than a patchwork to safely reduce the amount of medica-
that it would also join the St. Louis Coun- of this effort, so we feel confident that of certain counties participating tion you are taking.”
ty prescription drug monitoring pro- our numbers of prescribers actively us- throughout the area. The only area in Greene County that is
gram, bringing the total to nearly 40 of ing this PDMP will increase.” “It’s definitely an improvement over not covered by the county and Spring-
Missouri’s 144 counties that are partici- Dr. Howard Jarvis, medical director of nothing,” he added. field’s drug monitoring program is the
pating or plan to participate in the pro- the emergency department at Cox- Ashley Evans, a clinical pharmacy city of Republic.
gram. Health, said registering was simple, the specialist at Mercy, agreed. Republic City Council has not passed
Springfield City Council and the program is easy to use and he has already “It seems to be working,” Evans said. a prescription drug monitoring program
Greene County Commission passed bills had patients that were getting multiple “But there is a limitation there in the bill.
in July that allow local pharmacies and prescriptions from multiple providers. completeness. It’s going to be a slow Other southwest Missouri counties
prescribers to join the program. Pharma- “It’s pretty clear in that situation you process of getting additional counties on participating in the program include
cies began collecting information about don’t want to write a prescription for that board or getting a true statewide pro- Polk, Jasper and McDonald.
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Mom of Hailey Owens testifies

Police say Giacomo Bologna
Springfield News-Leader
Hailey had called in the afternoon
to say she was leaving her friend’s
The judge instructed journalists to
child was house, her mother recalled, but Hailey
never made it home.
turn off their cameras and recording
devices while Stacey Herman — for-
kidnapped, The mother of Hailey Owens took
the stand Tuesday and described the
According to police, Owens was
walking along West Lombard Street
merly known as Stacey Barfield —
raped, slain last time she spoke with her
10-year-old daughter.
in Springfield when Craig Wood kid-
napped her and later raped and killed See TRIAL, Page 10A

Saw saves
one of two
bucks near
One deer was dead, but
other survives with help
Pipkin Middle School was deemed “unsatisfactory” overall and scored low on building and site condition,
educational suitability and technology readiness. The future of the building is expected to be discussed as Wes Johnson Springfield News-Leader
part of the upcoming facility master plan. NEWS-LEADER FILE PHOTO

SPS board working

Here’s a tough one: How do you sep-
arate two big bucks with antlers hope-
lessly locked together, when one is dead
and the other still alive and kicking?
That’s what Greene County Conser-

on next bond issue

vation Agent Kevin Zielke and state
wildlife damage biologist Josh Wisdom
encountered Monday in a subdivision
about a mile and a half east of Spring-
field on Sunshine Street.
Zielke said he got a call from a land-
owner reporting the two locked bucks.
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“I rounded up some rope and a recip-
rocating saw to get their antlers cut off,”
to address The Springfield school board met
Monday to start creating a new road
❚ Provide specifics, whenever Zielke said. “I didn’t know if the one that
was alive was near death or not, but
pressing needs map to address pressing facility
needs following the failure of the
possible, of what new and renovated
schools will look like and where they when we got there this one was very
much alive.”
in new proposal April bond issue.
The nearly four-hour retreat at
will be located.
❚ Investigate options for raising That posed a problem. The two deer
were big — Zielke estimated they each
for voters Jarrett Middle School resulted, as
planned, in a starting point.
private funds to offset the costs of
certain projects. were 10 or 12-point bucks. One was
Top district officials agreed that ❚ Sell buildings and land that are clearly dead but the other was very
while final decisions may be months no longer being used and determine much worth trying to save. They got a
away, a significant investment is if any schools ought to be closed im- rope around the dead deer and managed
needed to make a dent in the issues mediately due to shrinking enroll- to cinch it to a tree. There was only one
that exist. For that reason, the board ment or facility quality issues. way to control the other one.
will develop a bond proposal that Superintendent John Jungmann “I got around and was kinda holding
could go to voters as early as August. started the discussion Monday by
Nearly all the details have yet to reminding the board that the district See DEER, Page 8A
be worked out but the board gave a spent months studying election
preliminary nod to the following: results and seeking input from stu-
❚ Propose a bond issue that is dents, parents, employees and tax-
John Jungmann smaller than the $189 million re- payers.
FILE PHOTO quested in April. A year ago, the board endorsed a
❚ Start developing a list of pro- new facility master plan that called
jects based on the needs of buildings for 40 projects to be completed with
in the worst condition. funding from two bond issues — and
SPS: Input ❚ Eliminate any talk of combina- an annual investment of district
from ‘people tion campuses. Scrap plans to relo- funds — over a 12-year period at a
in the cate a trio of middle schools — Jar- cost of more than $365 million.
trenches’ is rett, Pipkin and Reed — on parcels The board signaled strong sup-
key PAGE 4A with elementary schools. port Monday for following the new
❚ Compare the cost of renovating plan, noting it provided a compre-
versus replacing the most outdated
structures before making recom- See SPS, Page 4A Two Missouri Department of
Conservation agents used a rope to
secure two deer while cutting their
locked antlers apart. MDC

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Jeff Barfield. Barfield was mart and laundromat
indicted in February on a where Wood stopped the
federal child porn charge. day of Hailey’s abduction.
Continued from Page 1A Barfield is accused of The longest testimony
receiving and distributing came from an FBI agent
Herman asked that she
not be photographed or re-
corded while testifying.
She primarily spoke
child porn between 2012
and 2016. A task force in-
vestigator told the News-
Leader that Hailey was not
who was on the stand for
three hours answering
questions about evidence
found at Wood’s home.
about the day of her a victim in Barfield’s case The trial resumes
daughter’s abduction, and Barfield’s alleged Wednesday morning, with
Feb. 18, 2014. It was a Tues- crimes are not connected more witnesses testifying.
day and an unseasonably with Hailey’s abduction. It’s possible the medical
warm day for February. In addition to Herman, examiner who conducted
Herman said her several other people testi- Hailey’s autopsy will testi-
daughter had been sick for fied Tuesday at the trial, fy. Closing arguments are
a few days so Hailey including a police officer not expected to be made
stayed home from school. and employees of a Wal- until later this week.
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showed a photograph Hai-
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Jurors in tears after seeing photos

Judge warns ahead of graphic testimony Tom Van De Berg
of the Greene
County Medical
Alissa Zhu and Harrison Keegan Before the jury was seated, Judge Examiner’s Office
Springfield News-Leader Thomas Mountjoy warned the contents describes the
of the third day’s testimonies would be condition of Hailey
graphic. Owens’ body when
A juror clenched a wad of tissues as He asked for anyone in the audience he examined her in
she listened to a medical examiner de- who might have physical or audible re- Craig Wood’s
scribe what he saw after descending actions to the testimonies to leave the basement during
into a bare basement on Feb. 18, 2014. courtroom. the murder trial
Wednesday was an emotionally “There cannot be any emotional out- Wednesday.
charged day in the trial of Craig Wood, bursts, crying, anything that will dis- ANDREW JANSEN/
the Springfield man accused of abduct- tract the jury today,” Mountjoy said. NEWS-LEADER
ing, raping and killing 10-year-old Hai-
ley Owens. See TRIAL, Page 6A

and Brad
had been
18 years.



Steve Pokin
Springfield News-Leader

Early on Christmas Day, 2006, Lisa Jennings

went into the bedroom of her Buffalo home, took
a handgun off a closet shelf and ended her life.
At 39, she committed suicide and left behind a
husband of 18 years and three children.
At least, that was the initial finding of the Dal-
las County coroner and the Dallas County Sher-
iff ’s Office.
Records of the investigation show that a coun-
ty deputy sheriff administered a gunshot residue
test that night — standard procedure in law en-
forcement — that indicated Jennings herself had
fired the gun.
Six weeks later, a front-page story in the Buf-
falo Reflex quoted Wayne Rieschel, Dallas Coun-
ty prosecuting attorney, saying the death was, in
fact, a suicide.
“There is zero evidence to show otherwise,”
Rieschel said.
Two months after Lisa Jennings was laid to
rest, records show, her younger sister went to the
Springfield office of the Missouri State Highway
Patrol and met with Sgt. Dan Nash. She suspect-
ed her sister was murdered by Lisa’s husband,
Brad Jennings.
Detective Nash has worked hundreds of
Amanda Jennings holds a photo of her mom and dad. She believes her mother committed suicide and homicide cases, including high-profile cold cases
her father was wrongfully convicted. NATHAN PAPES/NEWS-LEADER in the Ozarks such as the 1985 murder of Jackie
This case was not nearly as cold.
As a result of that meeting, Nash — whose
About this series
credibility has since been questioned by defense
The stories in this series are based substantially on court documents. A copy of the prosecution’s case attorneys — decided to re-investigate the death
file — as handed over by prosecutors to defense lawyers — was given by defense lawyers to McNiel, a of Lisa Jennings.
private investigator working for the defense. ❚ McNiel, in turn, released it to the News-Leader. ❚ The He pulled the investigative file from the sher-
newspaper independently requested the case file from the Missouri State Highway Patrol through the iff ’s department, including 90 photos from the
state’s open records law. The patrol denied the request on the grounds that an appeal is pending. ❚ In crime scene and autopsy. He studied pictures of
addition, the newspaper reviewed the 915-page transcript of the trial of Brad Jennings; the 225-page blood spatter and focused on a photo of Lisa Jen-
transcript of the appeal of Jennings’ conviction; and conducted multiple interviews with family mem- nings’ right hand; it had a single blood drop on it.
bers, attorneys and others. Nash thought there should be more “blow-back”
from the gunshot.
More inside Wrongful conviction? Is lack of evidence disclosure enough to award Brad Jennings
a new trial? Page 4A See JENNINGS, Page 5A

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3 big moments from 3rd day of trial

Harrison Keegan and Alissa Zhu ❚ At 7:08 p.m., a surveillance camera captured Analyst Rodney Jiggetts took the stand Wednesday
Springfield News-Leader Wood throwing away Hailey’s clothes in a dumpster morning.
behind Cosmic Fish head shop on Glenstone Avenue. He said his job is to determine if bullets can be
❚ At 8:10 p.m., a surveillance camera captured matched to the specific guns that fired them.
The third day of the Craig Wood trial wrapped up a Wood returning to the Walmart Neighborhood Market Jiggetts analyzed a .22-caliber rifle seized from
little before 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Greene County where he bought duct tape and a laundry bag. Wood’s safe and compared that weapon to two things
courthouse. ❚ At about 8:30 p.m., police contacted Wood at his — first some bullet fragments collected from Hailey’s
Both sides rested, meaning no more evidence will home at 1538 E. Stanford St. and took him to police body and also a shell casing found in Wood’s base-
be presented in the guilt phase of the trial. headquarters. ment.
Closing arguments will be held on Thursday morn- ❚ Hours later, police say they found Hailey’s body in It was not conclusive, Jiggetts said, if the bullet
ing, and then the jury will decide whether Craig Wood Wood’s basement. fragments came from that specific .22-caliber rifle.
is guilty of first-degree murder for the Feb. 18, 2014 kill- McAmis said Wood lives 12 minutes away from However, he was able to tell that the fragments were of
ing of Hailey Owens. where Hailey was abducted and 4 minutes away from a .22-caliber copper-coated bullet.
Here are three big moments from the third day of the Walmart. Another bullet matching that description was
the trial. 3. Gun found in Wood’s home matches shell cas- found in front of Wood’s safe.
1. Craig Wood doesn’t testify ing Jiggets said he was able to prove the shell casing
Wood waived his right to testify at the trial on The jury heard testimony Wednesday from several came from Wood’s rifle.
Wednesday afternoon. FBI forensic analysts about things like hair found on “The likelihood of another tool or firearm making
It’s common for murder suspects to not testify at Hailey’s clothes, Wood’s handwriting and DNA evi- these markings (on the shell casing) is practically an
their own trials because going on the stand would dence. impossibility,” Jiggets said.
force them to take questions from the prosecutor.
The jurors will be instructed to not hold it against
Wood that he did not testify.
The defense team did not call any witnesses or pre-
sent any evidence before resting on Wednesday after-
Wood’s attorney Patrick Berrigan said in his open-
ing statements Monday that he would not dispute that
Wood kidnapped, raped and killed Hailey.
Berrigan’s argument, he told the jury, will be that
Wood’s actions were not planned so first-degree mur-
der is not appropriate.
Since the defense did not call any of its own wit-
nesses, it appears that Berrigan will use the state’s evi-
dence to make his case during closing arguments
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Throughout the trial, jurors heard from witnesses stronger signal in the Middle of Anywhere.
and business managers who either saw Wood on the
evening of Feb. 18, 2014 or captured surveillance video
of him.
With McAmis on the stand, prosecutors put every-
thing together.
Prosecutors played surveillance video and had
McAmis tape photos on a map at each location where
Wood was spotted that evening.
Here’s a basic timeline described by the prosecu-
❚ At 4:47 p.m., witnesses saw someone matching
Wood’s description pull Hailey into a gold pickup truck
outside of 3247 W. Lombard St.
❚ At 5:38 p.m., a surveillance camera captured
Wood walking into the Walmart Neighborhood Market
on Glenstone Avenue, where he purchased two bottles
of bleach and a bottle of drain cleaner.

Continued from Page 1A

Hailey’s mother, Stacey Herman, was not at the trial

on Wednesday. There were other relatives who sat in
the front row.
At least four jurors could be seen crying as they
looked at photos, taken of the scene being described
by Tom Van De Berg with the Greene County Medical
Examiner’s Office.
The photos showed how Hailey’s body was found —
curled up in a storage container, wrapped in plastic
Earlier in the morning, the defense had renewed ob-
jections to the prosecution’s plan to show the photos of
Hailey’s body. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Todd Myers
argued that the evidence was relevant to the case.
After Van De Berg began testifying, Judge Thomas
Mountjoy allowed for the prosecutors to hand out a
folder of photos to the jury.
The photos were not shown publicly in the court-
Van De Berg said he remembers Wood’s basement
smelled like bleach.
Van De Berg described Hailey’s body as being cold
and wet. Her hair was in tangled disarray. He said he
lifted some of her hair and saw what was an apparent
gunshot wound to the back of her head. There were
also marks that went all the way around her wrists.
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Wood guilty of first-degree

murder in Hailey’s slaying
Harrison Keegan and Giacomo Bologna proceeding that is expected to last a week. son started by showing selfies that Hailey
Springfield News-Leader Wood, 49, pulled Hailey into his truck Owens had taken with her cellphone as
while the girl was walking home along the she walked home, moments before she
A jury found Craig Wood guilty of first- 3200 block of West Lombard Street on the was kidnapped.
Craig Wood stands with his degree murder Thursday for the February afternoon of Feb. 18, 2014, according to Patterson then described Craig Wood’s
lawyers as he is found guilty of 2014 killing of Springfield 10-year-old police. actions that day, highlighting the deliber-
first-degree murder on Thursday Hailey Owens. The prosecution and the defense made ation.
in the death of 10-year-old Hailey Prosecutors will now pursue the death closing arguments Thursday morning.
Owens. ANDREW JANSEN/NEWS-LEADER penalty against Wood in a separate court Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patter- See VERDICT, Page 3A




Stacey Herman, the mother of Hailey

Owens, listens to closing arguments
in the Craig Wood trial on Thursday. The News-Leader’s five-day series, Convicted
By Blood, continues through Monday. Coming
ANDREW JANSEN/NEWS-LEADER tomorrow: A look at the controversial “science”
of bloodstain-pattern analysis

To read previous installments, go online to

Trial tough
for mother
of Hailey
Harrison Keegan Springfield News-Leader

It was understood among those

who attended the Craig Wood trial
this week at the Greene County court-
house to not sit in the middle of the
front row.
That spot was reserved for Stacey
Herman, the mother of Wood’s vic-
tim, Hailey Owens.
Though, Herman wasn’t always sit-
ting there.
There were times, like when the
medical examiners described Hailey’s
autopsy or when pictures of the girl’s
bloody clothes were shown to the jury, Steve Pokin Springfield News-Leader | USA TODAY NETWORK Lisa and Brad Jennings kept a handgun on a shelf
that Herman felt like she couldn’t be in the master bedroom for security. CASE FILE

present. hawn Powell did not believe her younger
But on Thursday morning, when a sister Lisa Jennings killed herself in the
jury convicted Wood of first-degree early hours of Christmas 2006.
murder for the February 2014 abduc- Powell’s suspicion that her brother- About this series
tion, rape and killing of 10-year-old The stories in this series are based substantially on court
in-law murdered Lisa was so strong that documents. A copy of the prosecution’s case file — as hand-
Hailey, her mom was front and center
in the courtroom. in late February or early March 2007, she asked the ed over by prosecutors to defense lawyers — was given by
Missouri State Highway Patrol to review the case. defense lawyers to McNiel, a private investigator working
“Basically a big relief,” said David for the defense. ❚ McNiel, in turn, released it to the News-
Ransin, Herman’s attorney. “It’s been By then, the Dallas County coroner already had Leader. ❚ The newspaper independently requested the case
three and a half years and she’s been concluded Lisa, while intoxicated, shot herself in file from the Missouri State Highway Patrol through the
looking for the end of the tunnel. She’s state’s open records law. The patrol denied the request on
the head in the couple’s Buffalo home. the grounds that an appeal is pending. ❚ In addition, the
almost there.” In February 2007, Wayne Rieschel, Dallas Coun- newspaper reviewed the 915-page transcript of the trial of
Herman is uncomfortable speak- Brad Jennings; the 225-page transcript of the appeal of
ty prosecuting attorney, told the Buffalo newspa-
ing in front of TV cameras, but she Jennings’ conviction; and conducted multiple interviews
asked Ransin to speak to reporters on per there was “zero evidence” to show it was any- with family members, attorneys and others.
her behalf Thursday while she stood thing but a suicide.
by his side outside of the courthouse. More inside
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Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson presents his closing arguments to the jury in the Craig Wood trial on Thursday.

Verdict cuse for any crime, but they show how a

crime might be committed — how hid-
den urges could surface.
Continued from Page 1A There was “not one iota of a sugges-
tion” that Wood had an interest in teen-
Deliberation was the only thing dis- age girls, Berrigan said, despite years of
puted during closing arguments. Both daily interaction with children.
prosecutors and defense attorneys “How did we get from this guy who
agreed that Wood kidnapped, raped and gets along with everybody at school, ev-
killed Hailey. eryone seems to like him,” Berrigan said,
“If you look at the totality of the “to this?”
crime, you know this was a very deliber- Meth, Berrigan said, brings out
ate act,” Patterson said. “these demons he’s been suppressing.”
Patterson said Wood drove around Patterson, the prosecutor, then got
Hailey’s neighborhood that day, and she another chance to speak before the ju-
became his target when he saw her rors left to deliberate.
walking alone in the street. After Berrigan argued that Wood’s
Patterson said Wood snatched Hailey actions were unplanned and didn’t
off the street and then took her back to qualify as first-degree murder, Patter-
his home, where he raped and killed her. son said planning is not necessary for a
Patterson brought out the alleged first-degree murder conviction.
murder weapon during his closing argu- Defense attorney Patrick Berrigan presents his closing arguments to the jury on “He made the decision to get rid of
ments and said the evidence shows Hai- Thursday. Berrigan acknowledged that his client, Craig Wood, had killed Hailey Hailey Owens by killing her,” Patterson
ley was bound and on her knees when Owens but said it wasn’t premeditated. PHOTOS BY ANDREW JANSEN/NEWS-LEADER said.
she was killed. Patterson said Wood bound Hailey,
The motive for the killing, Patterson put a rifle to the back of her head and
said, was because Hailey was a witness visual aids. ones about sexual contact with young pulled the trigger, and that qualifies as
to the kidnapping and sexual assault. A main argument of the prosecutor girls. deliberation.
“He deliberately executed her,” Pat- was that Wood deliberately picked out The stories show a motive for raping “I ask that you find him guilty beyond
terson said. his .22-caliber rifle because it was the and sodomizing Hailey, Berrigan said, a reasonable doubt of murder in the first
Craig Wood’s defense attorney began smallest caliber firearm in the house — but no one in the stories is killed. degree,” Patterson said.
his arguments by acknowledging the it would make the least sound and the Berrigan said if Wood truly had a de- The jury deliberated for about an
acts Woods committed were inexcus- least mess. liberate plan to rape, sodomize and kill hour before returning with a guilty ver-
able — “horrible, awful, terrible.” That doesn’t make sense, Berrigan Hailey, he would not have driven down a dict for first-degree murder shortly be-
“I can’t even imagine, honestly, the said. If Wood wanted to kill Hailey in the street five times before snatching Hailey fore noon.
suffering of this little girl’s mother and quietest, cleanest fashion, he would not in daylight with no disguise whatsoever. Wood’s sentencing begins Friday
family,” attorney Patrick Berrigan said. have shot her at all. And the trips that Wood took to Wal- morning, when prosecutors will argue
Wood raped, kidnapped and killed “If you really wanted to be quiet, why mart to buy duct tape and cleaning sup- for the death penalty.
10-year-old Hailey Owens, Berrigan are you shooting a gun at all?” Berrigan plies don’t show he deliberated, Berri- There are several aggravating factors
said, but he did not deliberate before do- asked the jurors. gan said. He said they show an absence a jury considers when determining if the
ing so. Wood chose the .22-caliber rifle be- of any prior deliberation by Wood. death penalty is appropriate, including
This was not a first-degree murder, cause it was nearby, Berrigan said. As Berrigan neared the end of his ar- whether the murder was “outrageously
Berrigan said. Berrigan then moved on to the “unbe- guments, he brought up the meth found or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman in
Berrigan spoke slowly to the jurors, lievably disgusting” stories written by in Wood’s house. that it involved torture, or depravity of
without the use of notes or any Wood and found in Wood’s room — the Drugs, Berrigan said, are not an ex- mind.”

Trial death penalty or life in prison.

Asked whether Herman wants Wood
to get the death penalty, Ransin said she
Continued from Page 1A will accept whatever the jury decides.
“Stacey’s position is that she trusts
Ransin said the trial was tough for the jurors to do the right thing,” Ransin
Herman, especially when prosecutors said. “She trusts the system. She has
showed photos of the plastic tub where been patient and asks everyone else to
Hailey’s body was found in Wood’s do the same.”
basement hours after the abduction. During the sentencing phase of the
“I prepared Stacey as best as possi- proceedings, Ransin said Herman will
ble; she has never seen those,” Ransin be present when she can, but she will
said. “We had planned for her to avert avoid the more graphic evidence.
her eyes and close her eyes, but the tes- Ransin said Herman has to be careful
timony became too much for her and not to make a scene in front of the jury
she was escorted out.” because that could give Wood’s defense
Next up in Wood’s case is the penalty attorneys grounds for an appeal.
Stacy Herman hugs prosecuting attorney Dan Patterson after Craig Wood was phase, starting Friday morning. Both And more court hearings on this
found guilty of first-degree murder for the killing of Herman’s daughter, sides will present evidence, and a jury case, or another trial, is not what Her-
10-year-old Hailey Owens. ANDREW JANSEN/NEWS-LEADER will decide whether Wood gets the man wants.
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Springfield News-Leader forgiveness — and justice
USA TODAY NETWORK Group protests death penalty outside
After a jury convicted him of first-de- Craig Wood sentencing, Page 5A Pat Findley, a pastor who has been with
gree murder Thursday, Craig Wood is now Hailey’s’ family during the grieving proc-
facing the death penalty in his sentencing, sentence is death. ess, said Hailey’s death had an impact on
which began Friday morning. Friday’s sentencing phase began with the Springfield community.
Wood killed 10-year-old Hailey Owens opening statements by the prosecution Findley said a lot of parents no longer
on Feb. 2014. and defense, followed by testimony from let their children play outside without su- Pastor Pat Findley testifies in
Wood kidnapped and raped Hailey be- several witnesses. Testimony will con- pervision or walk to school in the morning. court during the sentencing phase
fore shooting her in the head and, accord- tinue Saturday at 8:30 a.m. of the Craig Wood trial on Friday.
ing to prosecutors, the only appropriate Here are four big moments from Friday: See WOOD, Page 5A ANDREW JANSEN/NEWS-LEADER


Stacey Herman, the mother of Hailey

Owens, listens while in court for the
trial of Craig Wood on Monday.

Mother: I’ll be at
peace with life or
death for Wood
The News-Leader’s five-day series, Convicted By Blood, continues through Monday. Coming tomorrow:
Harrison Keegan Springfield News-Leader Arguments made – and not made – at the trial of Brad Jennings
To read previous installments, go online to
The mother of Hailey Owens said Fri-
day she is looking forward to having clo-
Over the last three and a half years,
Stacey Herman has attended dozens of
court appearances as the case of her
daughter’s killer, Craig Wood, has
moved through the court system.
Sometime in the next few days, a jury
will sentence Wood.
“We’re very, very close to getting
done with the trial and everything,”
Herman said. “And she’ll finally get her
justice that I have been waiting for.”
The jury has two options — sentence
Wood to the death penalty or give him
life in prison without the possibility of
parole for killing 10-year-old Hailey in
February of 2014.
Herman said Friday she is OK with ei-
ther sentence.
“At least I’ll know what the final say
is,” Herman said.
In early April, Herman had asked
Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patter-
son to accept a plea deal in the case to Steve Pokin Springfield News-Leader A blood-spatter analysis by the Missouri State
avoid a trial. USA TODAY NETWORK Highway Patrol led to the conviction of Brad Jennings
Now that the trial is almost over, Her- in 2009. PHOTO FROM THE CASE FILE

man said she trusts the jury. record number of U.S. prisoners
were released in 2016 because they
See MOTHER, Page 5A were wrongly convicted, often after
being locked away for decades based on
false or misleading forensic evidence, ac-
cording to research compiled by the Na- About this series
tional Registry of Exonerations. The stories in this series are based substantially on
Last year,168 people were exonerated. court documents. A copy of the prosecution’s case file
Daylight saving In 1989, the first year the registry kept a — as handed over by prosecutors to defense lawyers —
time ends tomorrow tally, there were 23. was given by defense lawyers to McNiel, a private in-
Some are cleared too late. vestigator working for the defense. ❚ McNiel, in turn,
Turn your clocks back one hour, and Mark Collin Sodersten was exonerated released it to the News-Leader. ❚ The newspaper in-
don’t forget to check the batteries in 2007, a year after he died at age 48 in dependently requested the case file from the Missouri
in your smoke detectors. Corcoran State Prison in California. State Highway Patrol through the state’s open records
It was discovered that prosecutors and law. The patrol denied the request on the grounds that
law enforcement authorities never dis- an appeal is pending. ❚ In addition, the newspaper
closed to defense attorneys that there reviewed the 915-page transcript of the trial of Brad
were tape-recorded statements from two Jennings; the 225-page transcript of the appeal of
key prosecution witnesses that contained Jennings’ conviction; and conducted multiple inter-
inconsistent statements, as well as ad- views with family members, attorneys and others.
missions of lying and the coercive interro-
gation of a witness.
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Giacomo Bologna Springfield News-Leader er in April that she would like to avoid a
USA TODAY NETWORK trial, and she asked Patterson to accept
the plea deal.
In a courtroom on the third floor of If Patterson had accepted the plea
the Greene County Justice Center, law- deal, Walmsley said, he could have pre-
yers laid out the cases for and against vented significant taxpayer expense. A
killing Craig Wood. plea deal would have prevented the
On the sidewalk outside the build- costs of the trial, she said, which in-
ing, several people holding signs cluded paying for bringing in a jury
walked up and down along the street to from Platte County.
protest the death penalty. A death penalty conviction could
Wood kidnapped, raped and killed also result in years of appeals and more
10-year-old Hailey Owens on Feb. 18, court costs that will be shouldered by
2014, and prosecutors say the only just taxpayers, Walmsley said.
punishment is the death penalty. After a four-day trial, a jury convict-
Donna Walmsley, one of the protes- ed Wood of first-degree murder Thurs-
ters Friday, asked: What good does it do day. Wood’s sentencing hearing is ex-
to kill again? pected to last several days.
“This public policy increases victim- Maureen Gray with Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty carries a Under Missouri law, there are several
ization,” she said. “It continues the cy- sign in front of the Greene County Courthouse during the sentencing phase of aggravating factors a jury considers
cle of violence.” the Craig Wood trial on Friday. ANDREW JANSEN/NEWS-LEADER when determining if the death penalty
Walmsley said she and the other pro- is appropriate, including whether the
testers are part of the Springfield chap- murder was “outrageously or wantonly
ter of Missourians for Alternatives to the death penalty is much costlier to Prosecutor Dan Patterson last year say- vile, horrible or inhuman in that it in-
the Death Penalty. taxpayers than sentencing someone to ing Wood was willing to plead guilty volved torture, or depravity of mind.”
“We believe that it’s terrible public life in prison without parole. and spend the rest of his life in prison to Walmsley said she and others plan to
policy,” she said. Wood’s attorney told the News- avoid the death penalty. protest every day of Wood’s sentenc-
Studies show, Walmsley said, that Leader he sent a letter to Greene County Hailey’s mother told the News-Lead- ing.

Continued from Page 1A

“It’s different now,” Findley said.

The attorneys asked Findley about
Christian views on forgiveness and jus-
Findley said there is a difference be-
tween spiritual justice and social jus-
tice. He pointed to Romans Chapter 13 to
say that there is a distinction between
how forgiveness and redemption work
for God and what God has tasked the
government to do.

Craig Wood’s father still A text message received by Craig

feels compassion for son Wood from a friend was shown in court
during the sentencing phase of Wood’s
Jim Wood said he and his wife, Genie, trial on Friday.
have visited their son at the Greene
County Jail essentially every week over
the last three and a half years. Dishman said, but never had a steady
Jim Wood said he understands that Jim Wood, the father of Craig Wood, testifies in court during the sentencing girlfriend.
Craig Wood was convicted of killing phase of the Craig Wood trial on Friday. PHOTOS BY ANDREW JANSEN/NEWS-LEADER When asked if he thought that was
Hailey in February of 2014. He called the strange, Dishman said no, adding that
crime “terrible” and “devastating,” but he himself has never married and
he said he still has compassion for his trampoline with her daughter after February 2014 when he first heard the doesn’t consider himself strange.
son. school, Taylor said, when Taylor’s hus- accusations that Wood had kidnapped, Throughout their 20s, Dishman said
“I think it is bigger than Genie and I, band came home. raped and killed Hailey. he and Wood drank beer and sometimes
frankly,” Jim Wood said. “Society has to Taylor said she told Hailey she had to The two have known each other since did drugs — mostly marijuana, occa-
have compassion for their children no go home so Taylor’s daughters could grade school, Dishman said. They were sionally meth, acid or mushrooms.
matter what they have done.” clean their room before dinner. in Scouts together, they played sports Once they hit 30, Dishman said, they
Jim Wood said Craig Wood grew up in Hailey left for her home, Taylor said. together, they fished together, and they slowed down on doing drugs and only
a loving home but never fully made the Hours later, she was made aware of the partied together, he said. did meth two or three times since then,
transition to independent adulthood. Amber Alert. After graduating from Marshfield though they still kept drinking.
Craig Wood never had a lasting ro- She made sure her daughters were High School, Dishman said he and “We like our beer,” Dishman said,
mantic relationship as an adult, accord- inside, Taylor said, then drove around Wood moved in together in an apart- then turned to the jury. “I mean, come
ing to his father. looking for Hailey but didn’t find her. ment in the “big city” — Springfield. on, it’s beer.”
Jim Wood described Craig Wood as a Taylor said she was back at home “We were pretty much joined at the When asked if Wood was unhappy or
brilliant man who did not apply himself when she learned that it was Hailey who hip,” Dishman said. depressed, Dishman said yes, and that
at school. had been abducted. One night when Dishman was out of he and Wood would cheer each other up.
“I fell to the floor and started crying, town, there was a fire that started in an “That’s what friends do,” he said.
Mother of Hailey’s friend and then I ran to my room and locked adjacent apartment, he said. Dishman said he currently owns a
recalls Feb. 18, 2014 the door,” Taylor said. According to Dishman, when Wood few funeral homes.
Taylor broke down in tears multiple woke up and saw flames, he ran upstairs At the time of Hailey’s abduction,
Hailey Owens was like a daughter to times during her testimony. to warn the neighbors. Dishman said he would see Wood every
Savanah Taylor, Taylor testified. “I wish I wouldn’t have sent her Wood then went to the apartment two weeks or so.
She is the mother of Mackenzie, the home,” Taylor said. where the fire started, kicked in the door Now, Dishman said he calls Wood
girl Hailey was playing with on Feb. 18, and carried out the old man from inside, once a week and they speak about half
2014, the day she was abducted. Dishman: Craig Wood Dishman said, saving his life. an hour. He said it costs him about $60 a
Hailey came over to her house about is still my friend Dishman said that when Wood was a month.
every other day, Taylor said. senior in high school, Wood started dat- Dishman said regardless of the jury’s
“She was an amazing little girl,” she James Kenneth Dishman said it’s the ing a freshman. When the girl went to decision, he will continue to call his
said. least he can do to call his friend Craig college, they broke up, Dishman said. friend each week.
Taylor recalled her last interaction Wood every week. Since then, Wood has had “one-night “I’ve always been taught to hate the
with Hailey. Hailey was playing on the Dishman said he couldn’t believe it in flings” and dated from time to time, sin, love the sinner,” Dishman said.

Mother Thursday.
On Friday, the penalty phase of the
for her to sit through.
In the afternoon, Herman was in the
Herman said she is looking forward
to not being in court anymore. She said
trial began. After opening statements, courtroom as the defense began calling she wants to honor Hailey’s memory
Continued from Page 1A prosecutors called several of Hailey’s witnesses, including Wood’s father and throughout her life, but she also has to
family members to the stand in addition a close friend. move forward.
The jury, which traveled to Spring- to the girl’s fourth-grade teacher. The penalty phase of the trial will “I am not going to forget about her,”
field from Platte County, convicted Herman skipped that testimony. She continue Saturday and is expected to Herman said. “I want to keep her memo-
Wood of first-degree murder on said she feared it would be too difficult wrap up early next week. ry alive.”

Continued from previous page cessful attorney with a budding career. sentenced to 30 years in prison.
They used a little known Texas law that Jim Varnon, one of the officers who
Horinek said he was innocent and allows private citizens to bring evidence responded that night, was convinced an
told police his wife killed herself. She to a grand jury. innocent man went to prison because of
died from a gunshot to the chest. They did that and Horinek was in- a misinterpreted blood stain that car-
According to a 2010 article in the Tex- dicted. ried far too much weight.
as Observer, Horinek said the flecks of The local prosecutor refused to pur- Varnon enlisted the help of two
his wife’s blood found on his white T- sue the case, so the judge ordered two blood-spatter analysts who signed affi-
shirt came from chest compressions he private attorneys to act as special prose- davits that CPR on someone with a col-
administered doing CPR while trying to cutors. The dead woman’s parents hired lapsed lung — due to a gunshot — could
save her life. Bevel. also have caused the misty blood on the
Like in the Jennings case, the couple A blood-spatter analysis by the In a bizarre role reversal, the regular T-shirt. One of the analysts had been
had been drinking. Horinek had Missouri State Highway Patrol led to prosecutor, the police investigator and Bevel’s teacher.
downed at least 11 Coors Lights and he the conviction of Brad Jennings in the medical examiner testified for the At the appeals hearing, the jury fore-
sounded intoxicated when he called 911. 2009. FROM THE CASE FILE defendant. man said he and fellow jurors were in-
On the tape, he can be heard applying According to the Texas Observer, clined to find Horinek not guilty — until
CPR. Bevel testified — as Nash did at Jen- they heard from Bevel.
The police, medical examiner and cording to the Texas Observer story. nings’ trial — that the specks of blood The appeal failed.
prosecutor believed he was innocent for The parents of Horinek’s wife were must have come from a “high velocity Horinek remains in prison, according
various reasons. convinced she would not have killed occurrence” such as a gunshot. to Dave Mann, who wrote the story and
Horinek initially was not charged, ac- herself, in part because she was a suc- Jurors believed Bevel; Horinek was is now with Texas Monthly.
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Friends, family take stand

Harrison Keegan and Giacomo Bologna Now, jurors are hearing evidence for Craig Wood and her son’s love for coach-
Springfield News-Leader and against the death penalty. ing football and spending time with the
On Saturday, Wood’s defense attor- animals on her farm.
neys called several witnesses to the Genie Wood said it was heartbreaking
The penalty phase of the Craig Wood stand. Here are three big moments. to learn that Craig Wood was accused of
trial continued Saturday at the Greene killing Hailey in February 2014, but she
County Courthouse. Wood’s mother takes the stand still loves her son. Genie Wood, the mother of Craig
A jury convicted Wood of first-degree “He’s been loving and I love him,” Ge- Wood, testifies Saturday during the
murder Thursday for the February 2014 Craig Wood’s mother, Genie Wood, nie Wood said. “I don’t know what else to sentencing phase of Wood’s murder
abduction and killing of Springfield 10- testified Saturday morning. trial. She said she speaks with her son
year-old Hailey Owens. Genie Wood talked about raising See WOOD, Page 8A almost daily. NATHAN PAPES/NEWS-LEADER


The News-Leader’s five-day series, Convicted By Blood, continues through Monday. Coming tomorrow: Missing evidence is key to a last-chance hearing for Brad Jennings.
To read previous installments, go online to

Steve Pokin Springfield News-Leader

knew Lisa
s Brad Jennings’ trial be-
gan, his sister’s heart
sank when the defense
lawyer declined to give
an opening statement — a linch-
pin in a criminal defense.
Attorney Darrell Deputy re-
suicide in
served the right to make one later.
He never did. high school
Jennings, who would be con- Steve Pokin Springfield News-Leader
victed and sent to prison, later al- USA TODAY NETWORK
leged that Deputy was incompe-
tent, which led to the guilty ver- A Dallas County jury decided in
dict. But an appellate court dis- 2009 that Lisa Jennings, 39, did
agreed. not commit suicide — and, in-
“He did not prepare,” said Mar- stead, was murdered by her hus-
sha Iler, the only sibling of Jen- band — without hearing a word
nings, who was charged with about her prior suicide attempt, or
murdering his wife on Christmas The News-Leader reviewed the five-volume, 915-page trial transcript. STEVE POKIN/NEWS-LEADER that her father took his own life.
Day 2006. Iler attended the trial. Darrell Deputy Jr., now 75
She said she suspected early years old and retired, represented
on that her brother’s attorney was Brad Jennings at trial. He declined
About this series to discuss why he did not bring up
not ready.
the suicide history in court.
“I was just sick because I felt The stories in this series are based substantially on court documents. A copy of the prose- Not only did Deputy fail to
like that he was ignoring the fact cution’s case file — as handed over by prosecutors to defense lawyers — was given by defense mention this at trial, according to
that we were going to trial,” she lawyers to McNiel, a private investigator working for the defense. ❚ McNiel, in turn, released it Jennings’ new lawyer, but the
said. “And I felt like he was wasn’t to the News-Leader. ❚ The newspaper independently requested the case file from the Missouri state’s star witness in the case,
preparing to go to trial, and I State Highway Patrol through the state’s open records law. The patrol denied the request on Sgt. Dan Nash, never considered
made the statement one time, the grounds that an appeal is pending. ❚ In addition, the newspaper reviewed the 915-page the suicide history in coming to
you know, don’t you need to pre- transcript of the trial of Brad Jennings; the 225-page transcript of the appeal of Jennings’ the conclusion Lisa Jennings’
pare like it’s going to trial?” conviction; and conducted multiple interviews with family members, attorneys and others. death was a murder.

See JENNINGS, Page 4A More inside 10 key points in the Brad Jennings case, Page 4A See ATTEMPT, Page 5A

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Wampler wants charges dismissed for former auditor

Will Schmitt Wampler argued. “... There If Hart were convicted cial statement.” In ac- wording of the statute” taining to the duties of
Springfield News-Leader is no requirement in Mis- on these charges, Wam- knowledging those words that Hart was “implicitly certified public accoun-
souri law anywhere that pler says, her constitu- are merely legal surplus, required to prepare some tants and local officials are
the county auditor shall tional right to due process Brown argues the indict- sort of documentary evi- pending against Hart.
Several charges against prepare a ‘monthly finan- would be violated. ment included useless dence, whether it be a A hearing scheduled
former Christian County cial statement.’ The crimi- Special prosecuting at- words while defending the statement, a letter or testi- for Friday was canceled
Auditor Lacey Hart are not nal charges herein should torney Tony Brown ad- heart of Hart’s indictment mony to the County Com- and is expected to be re-
for actual crimes and be dismissed for failing to mits the state law doesn’t on those nine charges. mission,” Brown retorted. scheduled for later this
should be dismissed, local state a crime.” refer to a “monthly finan- “It is clear from the Six other charges per- year.
defense attorney Dee
Wampler claims.
In motions filed
Wednesday and Thurs-
day, Wampler and an at-
torney for the prosecution
debated nine of the
charges against Hart, who
faces 15 counts of criminal
wrongdoing total.
At issue is a state law
requiring county auditors
to “strike a balance” each
month showing revenues
and liabilities.
Wampler argues the
county’s indictment of
Hart accused her of break-
ing the law by not prepar- ®

ing Christian County’s

“monthly financial state-
“There is no such law,”

Continued from Page 1A

say about that.”

Genie Wood said she
talks with her son on the
phone almost daily.

Jurors hear from

Wood’s friends

A pair of Craig Wood’s

childhood friends were
also called to testify Sat-
Doran Morris and Will
Kilburn each said they
were completely shocked
when they learned that
Wood had been arrested
in connection with Hai-
ley’s abduction and kill-
Over the last three and
a half years, both men
said they have had some
contact with Wood, but it
has been difficult to proc-
ess everything.
The men said Wood
liked to play music and
watch football, and he
was always talking about
the middle school teams
that he coached.
Kilburn described
Wood as a “functioning
alcoholic” who would
drink eight to 12 beers a
day and regularly smoke

Priest says Wood is


Father Mike McDevitt,

a Catholic priest, also tes-
tified Saturday.
McDevitt said he met
with Wood’s parents
shortly after Hailey’s
death, and they asked
him to meet with Wood.
Going forward, McDe-
vitt said he regularly met
with Wood at the Greene
County Jail.
McDevitt said Wood
never broke down crying,
but he had tears in his
eyes. The priest said he
could see remorse.
Wood told McDevitt
that his first few months
in the jail were horrible
and he had planned to kill
himself, according to the
Another conversation
McDevitt recalled was af-
ter Wood was shown pho-
tographs of Hailey’s body.
“He told me that he
had to see the photo-
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Jury hung on Wood’s sentencing

Giacomo Bologna and Harrison Keegan MORE INSIDE: Jury delays degree murder conviction are life in prison
Springfield News-Leader
closure for Hailey’s mother, Page 3A and the death penalty.
Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patter-
son gave his closing argument, asking the
A jury could not come to a unanimous Prosecutors had argued Wood deserved jurors to give Craig Wood the death penal-
decision Monday on whether Craig Wood, the death penalty for kidnapping and rap- ty for murdering Springfield 10-year-old
who killed 10-year-old Hailey Owens in ing Hailey, then taking her down to his Hailey Owens.
2014, should be sentenced to death. basement and shooting her in the head. “This is it,” Patterson said. “This is the
The jury’s decision was announced af- A 12-0 decision was needed from the case. This is the case that calls for strict
ter more than four hours of deliberation. Platte County jurors for Wood to get the enforcement of the law and the ultimate
Craig Wood listens to witness A motion for a new trial will be heard on death penalty. penalty, the death penalty.”
testimony during the sentencing Jan. 11. Judge Thomas Mountjoy said that The jury found Wood guilty of first-de- Patterson reminded jurors of the details
phase of his trial on Saturday. if the motion is dismissed, he will proceed gree murder last week. Under state law,
NATHAN PAPES/NEWS-LEADER to sentence Wood. the only punishments allowed for a first- See JURY, Page 3A

McCaskill may
A garden thrives be hindered by
moving vote
Will Schmitt Springfield News-Leader

Republicans in the statehouse could

affect next year’s U.S. Senate race by
changing when Missourians vote on a
labor issue.
The so-called “right-to-work” law,
which bans mandatory union dues, has
been a flashpoint in Missouri politics.
Gov. Eric Greitens campaigned in sup-
port of the law and signed it in February
after his fellow Republican politicians
hustled a bill through the General As-
MORE Not to be denied,
and fighting the per-
INSIDE ception that Missou-
Will Missouri rians endorsed “right-
repeal its new to-work” by electing
‘right-to-work’ Greitens, union sup-
law? Page 6A porters collected
more than 300,000
signatures to try to put the issue before
The date of the election on whether
Jean Ackley poses for a portrait at the Delaware Community Garden in Springfield on Feb. 23. to undo the new labor law is set for Nov.
NEWS-LEADER FILE PHOTO 6, 2018, the same day that Missourians
will vote to keep or replace Sen. Claire
McCaskill and Auditor Nicole Galloway,
Alissa Zhu Springfield News-Leader | USA TODAY NETWORK the two Democratic statewide officials.
Unless, of course, lawmakers take

white bungalow at 1538 E. Stanford St. is “Some people still think advantage of legal fine print that allows
where Craig Wood took 10-year-old Hailey the General Assembly to designate a
Owens after snatching her off the street in
of it as: ‘That’s where
different day for the vote.
February 2014. There, she was raped and Craig Wood’s house is.’ There’s no obvious plan, but it’s pos-
murdered. More and more are think- sible that the Missouri legislature — es-
Wood’s house was razed to the ground. It’s been re- sentially the same body that passed
placed with planters full of onions, radishes and spin- ing of it as a place where “right-to-work” earlier this year —
ach. The community garden is outfitted with a minia- we can forget what’s could move the repeal vote to Aug. 7, the
ture goldfish pond and a new greenhouse, where vol- date of next year’s primary.
unteers will cultivate herbs throughout the winter. there — a place where
On Thursday, Wood was found guilty of first-degree families can be happy.” See RIGHT-TO-WORK, Page 5A
murder. After four hours of deliberation Monday, the
jury could not come to a unanimous decision on Jean Ackley, the driving force behind the
Delaware Community Garden
whether he should be sentenced to death. Now a judge
will decide Wood’s fate on Jan. 11.
Jean Ackley, the driving force behind the Delaware
Community Garden, told the News-Leader she looks
forward to the end of the trial.
“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Ackley
said. “It’s been in the news, it’s a constant reminder.
We can all get over it now and go on.”
Ackley knew Hailey through her granddaughter. She
said her granddaughter still can’t visit the garden be-
cause that’s where her friend died.
Ackley hopes that association will change with Sen. Claire McCaskill answers
time. questions during a town hall meeting
“Some people still think of it as: ‘That’s where Craig at the Ozark Community Center on
Wood’s house is.’ More and more are thinking of it as a Aug. 22. Missourians will vote Nov. 6,
place where we can forget what’s there — a place where Craig Wood's former house was 2018, on whether to keep or replace
families can be happy.” demolished and the parcel donated McCaskill. The election on whether to
to Springfield Community Gardens. undo Missouri’s new right-to-work
See GARDEN, Page 2A ALISSA ZHU/NEWS-LEADER law is currently set for the same date.

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Today Tonight Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Garden He was glad to see Wood’s house go.
Gone now, Garton said, are the black
balloons and wooden crucifixes which
Continued from Page 1A appeared in the front yard. People no
longer slowly drive up and down the
46 32 51/30 57/29 56/41 57/38 Since February 2016, Ackley and street just to catch a glimpse of the
Mainly cloudy Cloudy with a Partly sunny and Partly sunny Partly sunny Clouds and sun other volunteers have constructed crime scene.
with a passing shower in places cool with spotty more than a dozen garden beds, for For the most part, he said, things are
shower showers nurturing fruits and vegetables. back to normal. Parents aren’t as hes-
Prosecutors were building too — a itant to let their kids walk around out-
REGIONAL FORECAST LAKE LEVELS In feet as of 7 a.m. Monday
case for Wood’s death. side.
Springfield Elevation Chg Full Pool
Falls City St. Joseph Kirksville
51/31 Bull Shoals 654.31 -0.10 659 Last week, jurors cried as they heard Garton said he’s purposefully avoid-
45/23 44/26 testimonies from prosecutors’ witness- ed paying attention to news about the
45/25 Beaver Lake 1119.14 -0.03 1121
Kansas City St. Louis
Table Rock 915.98 none 915 es. A medical examiner described find- ongoing trial.
Topeka Stockton 864.80 none 867
44/25 44/25 50/34 ing Hailey’s body in Wood’s bare base- “It makes me feel sick all over again,”
Pomme de Terre 839.27 -0.01 839
Cape Truman 707.83 +0.05 706
ment. She was wrapped in garbage he said. “Queasy and anxious ... I don’t
43/28 Girardeau Lake of the Ozarks 657.57 -0.06 660 bags and stuffed into a plastic storage want to know any of the details.”
53/39 container. Garton said he does not believe in
RIVERS LEVELS The jury deliberated a little more capital punishment. However, Wood’s
43/32 In feet as of 7 a.m. Monday Stage Chg Fld Stg than an hour before convicting Wood. case has given him pause.
Buffalo National River
Mountain at Ponca 2.01 +0.08 6 Bob Atchley lives a few houses down “Cases like that, it makes you think
48/36 Kennett
57/44 James River from the garden. He and his daughter twice about being opposed to the death
53/40 east of Springfield 4.38 -0.02 12 were raking leaves on Sunday’s unsea- penalty.”
Jacks Fork sonably warm afternoon. Garton said he sees the garden vol-
ALMANAC Springfield through 5 p.m. Mon. Mountain View 2.38 +0.01 11
Atchley said he was not surprised by unteers are trying to do a good thing for
Temperatures Precipitation WEATHER HISTORY the guilty verdict. the neighborhood. Though, the stigma
High/low 50°/46° Monday 0.01” On Nov. 7, 1940, 31-mph winds hit the Tacoma “After all these years, it didn’t seem associated with that parcel will never
Normal high/low 61°/40° Month to date 0.01” Narrows Bridge over Puget Sound, Wash. The sus- like there’s a whole lot of defense fade in his own mind, he said.
Record high 80° (1999) Year to date 45.67” pension bridge swayed, then collapsed.
Record low 15° (1959) Normal year to date 39.13”
there,” he said. Joey agreed: “If you know why it’s
Atchley said it was a shock to come there, then you know what happened.”
Sun & Moon Last quarter, Nov 10 WEATHER TRIVIA™ home to a street full of police cars in The garden has received a lot of
Sunrise today 6:44 a.m. New moon, Nov 18 Q: What is solar winter in the northern hemisphere? what he described as a “really quiet lit- community support, Ackley said.
Sunset tonight 5:09 p.m. tle neighborhood” on the night of Hai- The new greenhouse was donated by
Moonrise today 8:41 p.m. First quarter, Nov 26 through early Feb.
ley’s murder. Vatterott College. A teacher from
Moonset today 10:21 a.m. Full moon, Dec 3
A: The 1/4 year with the least sunlight; early Nov.
Atchley said he never met Wood, but Ozarks Technical Community College
NATIONAL FORECAST saw him regularly while going to work. has volunteered to do the electrical
Shown are today’s noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day. For a while, Atchley said, it makes work. Wood for picnic tables, a fire pit
him “kind of sick” to think that Wood and other garden features were donat-
-10s Seattle was driving past his daughter, who ed by Westlake Ace Hardware, where
-0s would walk to the bus stop at a nearby Ackley works.
0s Billings Minneapolis intersection, every day. “It’s just so wonderful that people do
35/23 “You see those terrible things on the this for us and it’s amazing to me, the
20s news, but it really hits you much harder generosity of people. Just when we
30s Chicago
New York when it happens four, five houses up need something, someone comes and
San Francisco
65/52 Denver 46/28
your street.” helps us out.”
40s 34/21
Kansas City
49/43 Atchley said he was relieved to see About 15 people regularly work with
50s 44/25 Wood’s house come down after it sat the garden, and they’re always looking
60s Los Angeles
unsold for years. for more volunteers, Ackley said.
70s 79/58 He said Hailey’s murder changed the Ackley has big plans for the future.
80s El Paso
Delaware neighborhood. She plans to start selling herbs to lo-
90s “People are a lot more cautious in cal restaurants to make the garden
100s Houston
general,” he said. Parents stopped let- more self-sustainable. Two old trees in
Forecasts and graphics provided Miami ting their kids go outside alone. the back will be taken out to make room
110s by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2017 86/72
It also helped bring people together, for a new mushroom-growing station.
Precipitation Fronts Pressure Atchley said. Delaware now has an offi- She hopes the garden will host more
Rain Showers T-storms Flurries Snow Ice Cold Warm Stationary High Low cial neighborhood association, regis- training classes — teaching people to
Monday Today Wednesday Monday Today Wednesday tered with the city, he said. cook with native plants or helping kids
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Albuquerque 68 46 0.00 68 42 pc 61 38 s Nashville 65 58 0.19 62 45 r 55 41 c
Mike Garton also lived a few houses build birdhouses.
Anchorage 34 21 0.00 30 23 s 29 20 pc New Orleans 83 65 0.00 83 65 s 77 57 pc down from Wood. He met him once. Anyone who works with the garden
Baltimore 71 40 0.14 49 39 r 50 36 r Oklahoma City 51 38 0.00 50 34 c 45 28 r “It was really scary actually,” he said. or lives in the neighborhood can take
Boston 64 42 0.18 49 40 pc 48 38 pc Philadelphia 69 42 0.16 51 41 r 53 40 c
Cheyenne 49 19 0.04 31 18 sn 50 22 s Phoenix 81 63 0.00 82 60 pc 83 61 s
“It almost came to blows outside his produce home, Ackley said. About 600
Cincinnati 51 41 0.95 47 36 r 50 30 pc Reno 55 26 0.00 56 29 s 62 43 c truck.” pounds of produce have been donated
El Paso 81 56 0.00 80 56 pc 73 45 pc Salt Lake City 50 32 0.09 47 26 pc 53 34 pc Garton had approached Wood, ask- to community organizations.
Fargo 28 8 0.03 29 12 s 26 6 pc Spokane 33 16 0.04 34 27 pc 41 33 c
Honolulu 88 74 0.00 86 75 c 87 74 pc Tampa 83 67 0.00 85 67 pc 84 67 s ing if he knew anything about a missing “It’s all part of the healing process,”
Las Vegas 74 53 0.00 73 48 pc 71 50 s Tucson 81 59 0.00 82 56 pc 82 57 s refrigerator. Ackley said. “The way we — the volun-
Little Rock 61 53 0.05 64 45 t 52 38 c Wichita 46 35 0.00 45 28 c 49 27 pc “He was very angry, very defensive. teers — look at it, anything we can do to
Prc=precipitation, W=weather, s=sunny, c= cloudy, i=ice, pc=partly cloudy, r=rain, sf=snow flurries, sh=showers, sn=snow t=thunderstorms, tr=trace
He called me some four-letter words,” help that and to help provide good nu-
Garton said. tritious food for the neighborhood and
Garton’s son, Joey, said he once any organization we donate to.”
bought an airsoft gun from a garage The work they do, Ackley said, is for
COMMODITIES Dec 18 118.22 118.90 117.85
Feb 19 118.50 119.00 118.20
118.87 +.50
119.00 +.28
Friopen int 64810 up+686.00
HOGS-LEAN sale Wood was hosting. Garton’s two Hailey. The site is not meant to be a me-
Apr 19 118.00 118.47 117.72 118.00 +.03 40,000 lbs.- cents per lb.
FUTURES TRADING ON CHICAGO Frisales 84874 Dec 17 65.07 65.15 64.42 64.62 -.48 boys were 11 and 7 years old at the time morial to the girl, and so they don’t
MERCANTILES EXCHANGE Feb 18 71.87 72.32 71.70 72.22 +.25
Friopen int 376129 up+6,677.00
Apr 18 75.25 75.67 75.07 75.60 +.15
of the murder. dwell on what happened on that spot
Open High Low Settle Chg. FEEDER CATTLE
50,000 lbs.- cents per lb. May 18 79.85 80.55 79.85 80.52 +.40 Garton said after Wood was arrest- nearly four years ago.
Nov 17 160.87 161.05 159.00 160.15 -.72 Jun 18 82.85 83.82 82.72 83.65 +.58
Jan 18 161.55 161.80 159.27 160.87 -.65 Jul 18 82.65 83.75 82.52 83.65 +.78 ed, some neighbors moved out of the “A lot of things grow so well there,
CATTLE Aug 18 81.10 82.55 81.00 82.32 +1.02
40,000 lbs.- cents per lb. Mar 18 158.35 158.62 156.40
Apr 18 158.00 158.55 156.35
+.10 Oct 18 69.17 69.82 69.05 69.77 +.40
area. that wouldn’t in my own yard,” she
Dec 17 127.25 127.62 124.82 125.32 -1.98
Feb 18 131.65 131.92 129.82 130.65 -1.10 May 18 157.30 157.85 155.47 157.60 +.30 Dec 18 63.52 64.00 63.42 63.97 +.25 “There were some panicked folks,” said. “We always think Hailey’s helping
Apr 18 129.72 130.10 128.50 129.40 -.40 Aug 18 158.55 159.10 157.12 159.10 +.30 Feb 19 66.50 66.87 66.50 66.87 +.10
Jun 18 121.02 121.30 120.30 121.17 Sep 18 156.50 157.35 156.50 157.12 -.15 Apr 19 70.17 +.10 Garton said. us out there a little bit.”
Aug 18 117.40 117.75 116.80 117.67 +.27 Oct 18 155.40 155.40 155.22 155.22 +.12 Frisales 47531
Oct 18 117.10 117.50 116.52 117.47 +.30 Frisales 14981 Friopen int 273255 up+1,078.00


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Jury someone to death. State jury also found that none
law outlines several ag- of the mitigating circum-
gravating factors, and stances outweighed the
In Loving Memory Continued from Page 1A prosecutors said several aggravating factors.
apply to Wood’s killing of Ultimately, though, the
of the crime — Wood Hailey, including that: jury passed the decision
snatched Hailey off the ❚ Wood killed Hailey to sentence Wood to
street, took the girl while committing three Judge Mountjoy.
back to his home, sexu- other crimes: rape, sodo- Hailey’s mother, Sta-
ally assaulted her and my and kidnapping, cey Herman, told report-
shot her to death. ❚ Wood killed Hailey ers she trusts Mountjoy to
“I’m at a loss for because she was a wit- make a fair decision.
Stacey Herman, Hailey’s mother, looks downward words how to accurate- ness to the crimes Wood For at least two more
after the jury could not come to a unanimous ly and adequately de- committed, months, Greene County
decision Monday. NATHAN PAPES/NEWS-LEADER scribe what Hailey ❚ Hailey was a random residents will have to wait
went through on that victim, to hear whether Wood
day,” Patterson said. “I ❚ Wood killed Hailey to dies of natural causes or

Donna F. Jury delays closure just don’t have the avoid lawful arrest,
words to describe it.” ❚ And Wood’s actions
at the hands of the state.
Berrigan previously
10/02/1937- 11/07/2013 for Hailey’s mother In his closing argu- were wantonly vile or in- said that Wood was will-
ments, Wood’s attor- human.
ney Patrick Berrigan
ing to plead guilty and
The jury found that all spend the rest of his life in
We Love and Miss You,
Your Loving Family Harrison Keegan Wood convicted, but she’ll urged the jurors to con- of those were acceptable prison to avoid the death
Springfield News-Leader remain anxious until she sider mercy. aggravating factors. The penalty.
knows his sentence. “You now decide for
Herman said she ap- yourself because each
Stacey Herman has preciated the jurors and one of you is going to be
learned over the last three prosecutor for their hard living the rest of your
and a half years the justice work during Wood’s trial life with this decision,
system moves slowly. and she trusts Mountjoy too,” Berrigan told the
Herman, the mother of to make a fair decision on jurors. “You don’t have OZARK COLLECTIONS
slain Springfield 10-year- sentencing. to defend it, and you
old Hailey Owens, was Herman has said she don’t have to explain September 16, 2017 - February 11, 2018
hoping her daughter’s will be at peace with ei- it.”
killer would finally be sen- ther the death penalty or a There must be at
tenced on Monday. life sentence. least one “aggravating
Instead, she will have David Ransin, Her- factor” to sentence
to keep waiting. man’s attorney, stood
Thomas Fulton The jury announced with her as she addressed
Mallicoat Monday afternoon it reporters Monday eve-
Thomas F. Mallicoat could not come to a unan- ning.
was born September 25,
1932 and passed away imous decision on wheth- Ransin said the years
in his home November er to sentence Craig Wood of court proceedings have
4, 2017. He was the son to the death penalty or life been difficult for Herman
of Alva and Bessie Mal- in prison for abducting, but the end is in sight.
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The body has been cre- some closure seeing tient as well.”
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mated and there will be
a graveside service only.
Graveside service will be
at Maple Park Cemetery,
Wednesday, November 8,
2017 at 2:00 PM, under
the direction of Gorman-
Scharpf Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions
may be made to the Hon-
or Flight of the Ozarks.

John F. Hart
John F. Hart, 69, Cam-
denton, Missouri, for-
merly of Marshfield,
Missouri, son of Oliver
Montrose and Hester
(Garrett) Hart, was born
June 22, 1948 in Spring-
field, Missouri and de-
parted this life November
4, 2017 at Mercy Hospital
in Springfield, Missouri.
He is preceded in death
by his parents; and
brother, David Hart.
John is survived by his
three sons, Doug Hart
of Springfield, Missouri,
Rodney Hart and Travis
Hart both of Marshfield,
Missouri; one grandson,
Justin Hart and wife,
Tara of Marshfield, Mis-
souri; and the mother of
his three sons, Judy Hart,
Marshfield, Missouri;
and numerous nieces
and nephews, along with
many other relatives and
Funeral services for
John F. Hart will be
Wednesday, November 8,
2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Day
Funeral Home, Marsh-
field, Missouri. Visitation
will be 6 to 7 p.m. Tues-
day, November 7, 2017 at
the funeral home. Memo-
rial contributions may be
made to American Can-
cer Society and left in
care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may
be made at www.dayfh.

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ELECTION DAY Lisa Jennings’

death ‘clearly a
Greene voters approve suicide’: Expert
1/2-cent sales tax hike Steve Pokin
Springfield News-Leader

A blood spatter analyst finally took

the witness stand Tuesday morning in
Rolla on behalf of Brad Jennings, for-
merly of Buffalo — eight years after Jen-
nings was convicted in 2009 of murder-
ing his wife.
“This is clearly a suicide,” said Jo-
seph Slemko, a 31-year police officer in
Edmonton, Canada, who also works as a
blood spatter consultant. He took his
first course 23 years ago and has taken
31 more since.
Slemko reviewed crime scene and
autopsy photos and came to a different
conclusion than investigators with the
Missouri State Highway Patrol.
First, he pointed out, there is a blood
spatter pattern radiating out 180 de-
grees from the bedroom closet where Li-
sa Jennings was found dead in the early
hours of Christmas Day 2006.
If Brad Jennings, or anyone else, had


Nadine Edwards fills out her ballot as she votes at Grace Church polling location just south of Springfield on Tuesday.

Alissa Zhu about 60 percent of vot- about the Inside

Springfield News-Leader ers cast ballots in favor campaign,
of the proposal. it’s not Springfield voters
Presiding Commis- about signs, renew level property
Greene County voters gave a sioner Bob Cirtin said he advertising tax. Page 4A
thumbs-up to the 1/2-cent general rev- was “thrilled” by that and raising
enue sales tax hike Tuesday. Bob Cirtin margin of approval. money. All
Preliminary results from the Greene “This was a huge vic- of that is
County Clerk’s Office showed that tory for the people of Greene County,” about providing good services to our
Cirtin said. “That’s one thing that we
always remember — that it’s not just See ELECTION, Page 4A

Lisa and Brad Jennings were married

18 years when Lisa died from a
gunshot wound to the head in 2006.

Juror in Wood murder trial describes deliberations

Foreman says ‘the images Wood kidnapped, raped and killed carry to your death,” said Andy Meyer-
10-year-old Hailey Owens in 2014. hofer, the foreman of the jury. “The im-
are seared into your mind’ The jurors unanimously agreed last ages are seared into your mind.”
week that Wood was guilty of first-de- Meyerhofer described Monday’s jury
Giacomo Bologna gree murder. deliberations to the News-Leader. It
Springfield News-Leader Next, it was their job to sentence him. grew heated at times, he said, as some
The jurors had listened to six days of jury members attempted to sway others.
emotional testimony, read Wood’s The jury — faced with deciding be-
The 12 people chosen to decide handwritten stories about having sex tween life in prison or the death penalty
whether Craig Wood should live or die with girls, and looked at pictures of Hai- — could not make a unanimous choice. Craig Wood, who killed 10-year-old
went into a room Monday, sat around a ley’s lifeless body stuffed in a plastic The decision now rests in the hands of Hailey Owens in 2014, was found guilty
table and tried to determine what jus- bin. of first-degree murder last week.
tice is. “It’s something that you’re going to See JUROR, Page 6A NATHAN PAPES/NEWS-LEADER

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Grasshopper discovered Former lawmaker fights

in van Gogh painting campaign violation costs
at Kansas City museum Summer Ballentine
sues meant some campaign money
“wasn’t disclosed in time for voters to
take it into consideration” for the 2012
ASSOCIATED PRESS to his brother that “I must have picked JEFFERSON CITY – A former state election.
up a good hundred flies and more off the lawmaker’s attorney argued to Mis- An independent administrative
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A small grass- 4 canvases that you’ll be getting.” souri Supreme Court judges Tuesday panel later said Wright-Jones only had
hopper has been found embedded in a Paintings Conservator Mary Schafer that the former candidate shouldn’t to pay 10 percent of that cost as long as
Vincent van Gogh painting at a Kansas made the grasshopper discovery while have to pay $230,000 for alleged cam- she did so quickly, filed any additional
City museum. examining the painting under magnifi- paign finance violations. campaign reports and didn’t violate
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art cation. The bug isn’t visible through ca- Former St. Louis Democratic Sen. any other campaign finance laws for
said in a news release that the insect sual observation. Robin Wright-Jones’ attorney, Bernard two years.
was stuck in the thick paint in the lower The close study of the painting is part Edwards, Jr., told Supreme Court But her attorney told judges that the
foreground of the famed artist’s “Olive of an effort to create an online catalogue judges during arguments that the Missouri Constitution bans the com-
Trees.” Van Gogh was known for paint- of the 104 French paintings and pastels charges amount to an excessive fine by mission from giving out fines as pun-
ing outdoors and mused in an 1885 letter at the museum. the Missouri Ethics Commission, ishment for violating commission-
which is responsible for checking created rules, and Edwards said the
compliance with campaign finance U.S. Constitution “prohibits fines that
laws. are unreasonable and fines that would
He also said the complaint against chill free speech under the First
her ultimately cost her the 2012 elec- Amendment.”
tion. Edwards argued the Missouri Eth-
An attorney for the commission ics Commission should have charged
said the fee issued was reasonable the former lawmaker at most $1,000
based on the amount of donations and per violation.
spending Wright-Jones failed to time- Some judges appeared skeptical.
ly report. A 2013 commission decision Judge Laura Denvir Stith said state
said that Wright-Jones failed to accu- law allows for a $1,000 fee or fees as
rately report a couple hundred thou- much as double the amount of the
sand dollars of expenditures and con- money involved in the violation.
tributions by state deadlines, received Attorney General’s Office lawyer
a double reimbursement for vehicle Joshua Divine, who represented the
mileage from both the state and her commission, said a $1,000-per-viola-
A small grasshopper has been found embedded in the thick paint in the lower campaign fund, and made more cash tion fee would have meant an even
foreground of Vincent van Gogh’s painting “Olive Trees.” Paintings Conservator expenditures than allowed by law. higher fee of closer to $800,000.
Mary Schafer made the grasshopper discovery while examining the painting Supreme Court Chief Justice Zel Supreme Court judges did not indi-
under magnification. THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART/AP Fischer said in court that reporting is- cate when they might rule.

Juror participant to the real abduction and

rape of Hailey.
After more than four hours of deliber-
ation, Meyerhofer said it was apparent
jury hardens me a bit,” he said. “Human
life is very important and that is not an
Meyerhofer said a unanimous deci- the jury was deadlocked. easy decision to make. And it changes
Continued from Page 1A sion to convict Wood of first-degree Ten were in favor of death, Meyerhof- you — it changes how you’re going to ap-
murder was swift. er said, and two were for life in prison. proach the world with your own chil-
Judge Thomas Mountjoy, who could “I really was impressed with how The mood, he said, was mixed. dren.”
sentence Wood as early as Jan. 11, when thorough this prosecu- “Clearly there were those that felt like Meyerhofer is a father of three
Wood has his next hearing. tion did in terms of gath- justice had not been done for Hailey daughters.
The jury was brought in from Platte ering evidence and not Owens,” he said, but others put a lot of “The world I wanna live in,” he said,
County, north of Kansas City. cutting any corners,” weight in the mitigating factors. “my kids walk home without being
Meyerhofer said he moved to Mis- Meyerhofer said. “It was Wood’s attorneys said the mitigating afraid of being picked up randomly by
souri about two years ago and was not never slanted one way or factors were a family history of depres- someone to be murdered.”
familiar with the case at all. another ... We were sion, a loving relationship with his par- Meyerhofer said he was able to com-
All the potential jurors had to fill out a Hailey forced to process what ents and that Wood could have a posi- partmentalize this case — to not com-
lengthy questionnaire with answers Owens that meant.” tive impact on his friends’ lives — even pare Hailey to his daughters.
about their views on the death penalty, The penalty phase of from behind bars. “This whole thing for us was always
religion and politics, Meyerhofer said. Wood’s trial lasted three days. On Mon- Meyerhofer said he voted for death. about Hailey Owens losing her life,” he
Meyerhofer was told he was a juror day, the jurors heard closing arguments “To a degree, I think serving on that said.
on a Friday and sequestered on Sunday, and went to deliberate.
he said, and that’s when it really hit him. For a jury to sentence someone to
“This is a very important case,” Mey- death for murder, it must find there was
erhofer recalled thinking.
At that point, he still had very few de-
at least one “aggravating factor” as out-
lined in state law. The prosecutors pre-
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tails about the case and said he was sented several aggravating factors, in-
ready to do his civic duty. cluding that the murder was “wantonly
Then came the horrific photos. vile” and that Hailey was a random vic-
“(By the end of the trial), you’ve seen tim.
the body of a 10-year-old girl that’s been
shot in the head, sprayed with water
that likely contained dog feces, put into
a box after she’s been raped and sodom-
The jury decided “fairly rapidly,”
Meyerhofer said, that all the aggravat-
ing factors applied.
Then came the hard part: A secret
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ized,” Meyerhofer said.
Jurors were also given two handwrit-
ten stories about sex with girls that had
been found in Wood’s bedroom.
poll about whether Wood should be put
to death.
According to Meyerhofer, eight jurors
voted for the death penalty, one for life
with one of America’s
Meyerhofer said the first story was
about a girl who was given medication
and then raped.
in prison and three were undecided.
Jurors were passionate as they ar-
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The second, he said, was about a girl always respectful.
who played truth or dare and then will- At times, he said, pauses were taken
ingly had sex. so jurors could cool down.
The girl in the story was “nervous” at “A significant amount of time was
first,” Meyerhofer said, but excited by then spent on discussing — ‘moral com-
the end. pass,’ I think is the phrase that comes to
To Meyerhofer, the stories showed a mind,” Meyerhofer said. “What was
progression in Wood’s mind: from a fic- your personal, moral compass telling
tional forced rape to a fictional willing you to do?”

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After days of emotional testimony, 12 jurors deliberated in this room and

unanimously agreed that Craig Wood was guilty of first-degree murder. Days
later the same jury was unable to unanimously agree on whether he should be
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AN ERA credibility
Steve Pokin
Springfield News-Leader

A hearing to determine whether Brad

Jennings’ murder conviction will stand
continued Wednesday, with witness
testimony focusing on the credibility of
the detective who built
the case against him.
The former sixth-
grade teacher of Brad
Jennings’ son testified
Wednesday that she
complained to her state
representative about Brad
Missouri State Highway Jennings
Patrol Sgt. Dan Nash.
In other testimony, a former super-
vising Greene County assistant prose-
cutor said she cautioned fellow prose-
cutors about Nash’s lack of trustworthi-
Brigitte Maddux testified that Nash
attributed information to her in a report
he made — but which was never dis-
closed to defense attorneys until weeks
ago — that she never said.
Maddux was Dallas Jennings’ teach-


Michael Vincent, the store manager of CD Warehouse, holds one of his favorite records, “Let it Be,” by rock
band The Replacements Tuesday. After 25 years in business, the store on south Glenstone Avenue is closing

CD Warehouse, a 25-year hub for

Springfield music fans, to close
Gregory J. Holman Springfield News-Leader | USA TODAY NETWORK
A bailiff hands Judge Thomas
A few minutes after CD Warehouse opened Tuesday morning, a half-dozen customers had already Mountjoy the jury’s decision after the
passed through the doors. jury deliberated for more than four
They browsed the 25-year-old shop’s tabletop bins of CDs and vinyl records; its shelves of DVDs; its hours on the fate of Craig Wood. The
locked glass cabinets of costly box sets. jury could not come to a unanimous
Each customer had hair flecked with gray. decision on whether he should be
That is part of the reason why CD Warehouse expects to close in the next few months, its store sentenced to death.
manager acknowledged.
The store began liquidating its stock of more than 80,000 items Monday, Michael Vincent said.
About 400 people attended; one guy drove down from Kansas City.
It’s a long-anticipated ending: Historically, Vincent said, as music lovers entered their 30s, 40s and What does hung
See MUSIC, Page 3A jury mean for
Craig Wood’s fate?
Get those discs, It’s complicated
Generation X Harrison Keegan
Springfield News-Leader
❚ CD Warehouse
❚ 1938 S. Glenstone Ave.
❚ 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Sat- When Judge Thomas Mountjoy an-
urday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays nounced Monday afternoon the jury
was deadlocked in the Craig Wood sen-
Store manager Michael Vincent tencing, there was a collective confu-
said that the closing sale in- sion in the courtroom.
cludes discounts of 20 percent As the jury was excused and the at-
off new items; 50 percent off torneys ducked into a side room, many
used items. He estimates it will were left wondering what happens next.
take three to five months to The answer is both rare and contro-
clear out the store. versial.
Since the jury could not decide unan-
AT LEFT: Brent Boudle sorts imously whether Wood should get the
through CDs at CD Warehouse death penalty or life in prison for ab-
on Tuesday. ducting and murdering Springfield 10-

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Greenlawn Funeral Home Fohn Funeral Home company regarding property deprecia- A trial judge ruled in favor of Cape Gi-
North JENKINS tion. rardeau County in 2016, concluding the
Hain, Elaine, 84, Gor- Russell, Norma Gayle, The initial dispute was in 2013 be- county assessor applied a “depreciation
man-Scharpf Funeral 80, Fohn Funeral Home tween Ameren Missouri and 16 coun- of over 50 percent.”
Home ties, including Cape Girardeau County, Ameren appealed, saying the com-
Harold, Lathuroup, 47, LEBANON
Adams Funeral Home, Rhoads , Linda, 63, said Bob Adams, the county’s assessor. mission was wrong in agreeing with the
Ozark Shadel’s Colonial Chapel Court documents show the main is- county assessment because Adams
Kirkey, Jr., Billy G., 57, OZARK sues involved the methodology used to made no deduction for depreciation in
Greenlawn Funeral Home determine valuation for tax purposes his assessment. The state appeals court
Pilger, Jean, 85, Barnes Elaine Hain resulting from depreciation. ruled Tuesday in favor of the company.
Family Funeral Home Elaine Hain, age 84, of
Merritt, Dorothy E., 85, Ameren argued the county assess- Adams said the decision won’t sig-
REPUBLIC Springfield, MO died Sun-
Greenlawn Funeral Home day, November 5, 2017 at ment valued natural-gas distribution nificantly affect the public.
South Cutbirth , Helen, 83, home after a long illness. lines too high and wanted a tax reduc- “When this whole thing started, the
Meyer, Kenneth W., 85, Stumpff Funeral Home Elaine was born in
Greenlawn Funeral Home Schatz, William Lee , tion. first question we asked (when) Ameren
Pierce, NE to Herman A state tax commission changed Mis- wanted this reduction was, ‘Will you re-
South 90, Meadors Funeral Home and Esther Plahn.
Roberts, Darrell W., 70, SEYMOUR She is survived by her souri’s valuation processes in 2013, re- duce the rates to the citizens in our com-
Gorman-Scharpf Brent- husband of 62 years quiring natural-gas companies to report munity, if you’re going to get a signifi-
wood Chapel
Cantrell , William J. George, daughter Anne
“Bill”, 90, Holman-Howe real and personal property for valuation cant tax reduction?’ They said no, it will
and son-in-law David and assessment. Before 2013, deprecia- not affect rates,” Adams said.
BATTLEFIELD Funeral Home Buckley, granddaughters
Marcink, William H., 65, Wilkinson, Wanda Leta, Sarah and Kate Buckley; tion was not applied to property value, Adams said his office plans to appeal.
Greenlawn Funeral Home 90, Greenlawn Funeral son Scott Hain, grand-
North Home North son Joe McCarty; a sis-
ter Delores Thomsen of
Arizona; a brother and Arkansas panel backs ban of herbicide dicamba
Chamberlain, Heather Egan, Alberta “Bertie” sister-in-law Harold and
Elaine, 45, Cantlon Otter- Christine (Decker), 83, Barbara Plahn of Virgin- Andrew Demillo ades, but problems arose over the past
ness Funeral Home Memorial Chapels and ia; nieces and nephews. ASSOCIATED PRESS couple of years as farmers began to use
ELDRIDGE Crematory Elaine worked for near- it on soybean and cotton fields where
Song, Hyon Ok, 69, Me- ly 30 years at the Univer- LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An Arkansas they planted new seeds engineered to
Newman , Gary, 61, morial Chapels and Cre- sity of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Shadel’s Colonial Chapel matory retiring as assistant to regulatory panel voted Wednesday to be resistant to the herbicide. Because it
GALENA the Dean of the College ban the use of an herbicide for part of can easily evaporate after being applied,
WILLARD of Arts and Sciences. next year after the weed killer drew the chemical sometimes settles on
Johnson, Jeremiah, 40, Kauffmann, Glenn, 88, Services will be held complaints from farmers across several neighboring fields. The state earlier this
Klingner-Cope Family Fu- Greenlawn Funeral Home at Holy Trinity Church,
neral Home at Rivermonte North Springfield. Rosary and states who say it has drifted onto their year approved a temporary ban on the
HARDY, AR visitation will begin at 6 crops and caused widespread damage. herbicide’s sale and use, and has re-
p.m. Thursday, Nov 9. The Arkansas Plant Board on ceived nearly 1,000 complaints this year
Funeral Mass will begin Wednesday approved prohibiting the about dicamba.
Charlotte F. at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov 10. use of dicamba in the state between Monsanto, which last month sued
Earhart Memorial contributions
April 16 and Oct. 31. The ban includes Arkansas for previously banning its di-
are suggested to Life-
02/23/1943 - 11/04/2017 House Crisis Maternity several exemptions, including for pas- camba weed killer, criticized the panel
Charlotte was born in Home of Springfield. tures and home use, and now heads to a for the latest restriction and said the
Kansas City, KS and grew Arrangements under legislative panel. move will deprive farmers of a needed
up in Bonner Springs, KS. the direction of Gorman-
Scharpf. Dicamba has been around for dec- tool to protect crops.
She met the love of her
life, Robert J Earhart, in
Mill City, OR while visiting
her sister. She graduated doing?” Dunham asked. the impasse. venting the will of the the judge-imposed death
from High School on May If Judge Mountjoy Dunham said Missouri public,” Dunham said. sentence procedure.
26, 1961 and was married gives Wood the death jurors have not imposed a “Especially in a state “For anyone who is
on May 27, 1961. Charlotte penalty, Dunham said the death sentence since where no jury has sen- concerned about ques-
and Bob settled in Spring-
field, MO, which became constitutionality of the 2013, but the state’s hung tenced anyone to death tionable death penalty
home. process will “unquestion- jury procedure has al- for five years.” practices in the United
Charlotte was saved at age 8 and served faithfully ably” be challenged by lowed judges to put a few Dunham said Missouri States, Missouri is al-
in her church until she was physically unable to do Wood’s attorneys during men on death row in re- has a reputation nation- ready on their map,” Dun-
so. She also worked for many years at Baptist Bi-
ble College and Baptist Bible Fellowship. Because the appeal process. And, cent years. wide for its “question- ham said. “This practice
of this, she became “Mom” to so many “kids”! It he said, they could have a “It raises very serious able” use of the death only attracts more atten-
wasn’t unusual for her phone to ring and when she strong argument. questions about circum- penalty, especially with tion.”
answered (it could be from anywhere in the world), Wood’s attorney Pat-
someone said “Hi, Mom!” rick Berrigan declined to
Charlotte and Bob had two children, Cheryl and
Ron. Her family was the most important thing in her comment on the specifics
life. Her family dinners were legendary! If you went of his legal strategy, but
home hungry, it was your own fault. Christmas was he did acknowledge that
her favorite time of year. There were times when situations like this are
it took hours to open gifts. Her philosophy was that
every child should have multiple gifts to open...and rare.
stockings were the best! Berrigan is a public de-
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, fender who handles only
Melvin and Jennie Dale. She is survived by her hus- death penalty cases.
band of 56 years, Robert, daughter Cheryl Donnel- Berrigan said the last
ly (Tim), son Ron Earhart (Dianna), 2 grandsons,
Justin Earhart (Jessica), Tyler Earhart (Kayla) time he had a death pen-
and three great-grandchildren, Marina Earhart, alty sentence decided by
Christian “Wild-Man” Earhart and her namesake, a judge was more than 20
Charlotte (Charlee) Earhart, all of Springfield, MO. years ago. His counter-
She is also survived by Kathy Bradley, (Mark), AR
daughter of her heart, 4 sisters; Patty Smith, MO, part in that trial was Sen.
Sandy Blancarte (Frank) KS, Jan Witte (Dick) CO, Claire McCaskill, then a
and Pam Quinlan (John) Philippines; 1 brother, Jackson County prosecu-
Mickey Dale (Joan) KS; too many cousins, nieces tor.
and nephews to mention, all of her “adopted” kids
and a host of friends. “It’s unusual,” Berri-
A memorial service will be held at Greenlawn gan said. “But it hap-
North Funeral Home, on November 11, 2017 at 10:00 pens.”
am. In lieu of flowers, Charlotte asked that dona- In August, a jury in St.
tions in her memory be sent to Baptist Bible Fellow- Charles could not come to
ship International PO Box 191, Springfield, MO 65801.
a unanimous decision on
sentencing Marvin Rice
for the murder of his ex-
In that case, 11 of the 12
jurors reportedly voted

Wood for life, but a judge gave

Rice the death penalty.
“For anyone who Dunham, with the
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is concerned tion Center, said he did
year-old Hailey Owens in about question- not have any statistics for
2014, Judge Mountjoy how often Missouri
will choose on Jan. 11. able death penal- judges choose the death
Missouri and Indiana penalty in cases where
are the only states where
ty practices in the the jury is deadlocked.
a judge can give a death United States, In a 1995 Supreme
sentence when the jury Court case, Justice John
deadlocks, and there’s Missouri is al- Paul Stevens wrote that
debate about whether ready on their “judges are far more likely
those death sentences than juries to impose the
are constitutional. map. This practice death penalty,” citing the
Most states with the political pressures judges
death penalty follow the
only attracts more face.
federal procedure that attention.” Dunham said studies
when the jury can’t reach show that elected judges
Robert Dunham
a unanimous decision on Death Penalty Information are more likely to impose
sentencing, the defen- Center executive director death sentences or up-
dant is automatically hold death sentences
sentenced to life in pris- In Hurst vs. Florida, than appointed judges.
on. the Supreme Court decid- Judge Mountjoy did
Robert Dunham, exec- ed “the Sixth Amend- not respond to News-
utive director of the non- ment requires a jury, not a Leader requests asking if
profit Death Penalty In- judge, to find each fact he has ever been in this
formation Center, said necessary to impose a situation before.
the practice of giving sentence of death.” In Wood’s case, the ju-
death sentences without Dunham said judge- ry foreman told the
a jury has been called into imposed sentences might News-Leader that 10 peo-
question in recent years, contradict this ruling. ple voted for death and
and a U.S. Supreme Court “If the judge (in two people voted for life.
decision from 2016 could Wood’s case) is not en- After four hours of delib-
be relevant if Wood is gaging in independent eration, the jury returned SL-0000406686
sentenced to death. fact-finding, what’s he to the courtroom to report