Judge adds sex charges against Wood; new hearing set

A judge this morning allowed two new charges against the man accused of kidnapping and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens.

Craig Michael Wood, 46, now officially faces charges of rape and sodomy. Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson had filed a motion to add the charges Monday.

The defense had objected to the additional charges.

Wood pleaded not guilty to them today.

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The judge granted the defense's motion to reschedule the preliminary hearing that had been set for today. That was on the grounds that Wood's attorney, Patrick Berrigan, has only had three days to prepare for the rape and sodomy charges. The new date is May 22.

Berrigan, in a response to the motion for new charges, expressed frustration that prosecutors requested the new charges just days before the scheduled hearing.

"No explanation whatsoever has be proffered as to why the State waited until three days before the scheduled preliminary hearing to attempt to add new felony charges based on information available to the prosecution for over two months now," he wrote.

Patterson filed a supplemental probable cause statement Monday that included a medical examiner's findings that Hailey had injuries consistent with rape and sodomy. The autopsy was done February 20, but the statement was filed April 21.

The motion represented the first time authorities confirmed they believe Wood sexually attacked the child. Child welfare records, unsealed in March at the News-Leader's request, showed sexual assault against Hailey was suspected, and that Wood was the suspect.

Police say Wood kidnapped Hailey from her neighborhood on Feb. 18. Police say her body was found hours later in garbage bags in Wood's basement, which smelled of bleach.

Wood was arrested at his home at 1538 E. Stanford St., a few hours after Hailey was reportedly kidnapped.


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