The murder trial of a southwest Missouri man accused of abducting and killing Hailey Owens in 2014 is expected to take two weeks.
49-year-old Craig Michael Wood of Ash Grove is charged in Greene County Circuit Court with first degree murder, child kidnapping, rape, sodomy and armed criminal action.
Wood is accused of killing ten-year-old Hailey Owens in Springfield in February 2014.
The jury was selected in Platte County, because of extensive news media coverage in the Ozarks.
The jury has been transported to Springfield for the trial, and opening statements are set to begin Monday morning.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Missourinet Springfield television partner KOLR-10 reports the trial is expected to take at least two weeks.
KOLR-10 will be covering the trial, gavel-to-gavel.
KOLR-10 reporter Daniel Shedd and legal analyst Adam Woody will be in their daily morning show, analyzing the day before and previewing the day.
Reporters Collin Lingo and Jenifer Abreu will also cover the Wood trial. Lingo will have daily reports in the station’s 5 and 6 pm newscasts, and Abreu will have nightly updates at 9 and 10.