A former middle-school football coach convicted of abducting and killing a 10-year-old girl in Missouri has been sentenced to death.
Circuit Judge Thomas Mountjoy issued his ruling Thursday in the case of Craig Wood, 49, who was convicted in November for the February 2014 death of Hailey Owens.
Although Wood was convicted of first-degree murder, the jury couldn't agree on whether to sentence him to death, or life in prison without parole, leaving the judge to decide.
Mountjoy previously denied motions from Wood’s attorneys that sought a new trial and called judge-imposed death sentences unconstitutional.
Hailey, a fourth-grader at the time, had been sick for a few days, so stayed at home from school, mother Stacey Herman told the Springfield News-Leader.