Saturday, September 27, 2014

News-Leader two weeks behind Turner Report on Springfield murder developments

It's the biggest crime story in Springfield in years.

A coach at a local middle school is accused of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 10-year-old girl.

The story in question, of course, is the murder of Hailey Owens, whose body was found in trash bags in the basement of the home of Pleasant View Middle School coach and teacher's aide Craig Michael Wood.

Today, the Springfield News-Leader revealed that Wood had photos of other school girls in his home- a big scoop except that readers of the Turner Report read about that two weeks ago and first learned that authorities believe Hailey Woods' ,murder may not have been random almost three months ago:

A purple folder found in the apartment of accused killer Craig Michael Wood contained material that sickened the officers who found out- and gave police what they say is a blueprint to how the former Springfield Pleasant View Middle School coach kidnapped, raped, and murdered 10-year-old Hailey Owens.

Documents filed in Greene County Circuit Court indicate that an FBI search warrant uncovered the purple folder in a dresser drawer in Wood's bedroom. It contained images of child pornography, school photos of "female children similar in age to the victim, along with handwritten erotic stories detailing the rapes of female minor children."

Also found in the drawer, according to the court documents, were "student records from a Springfield public school."

After investigating the material, police discovered that the names of two of the children in the handwritten stories matched the names of the two of the children in the school photos.

From the lead to today's News-Leader article:

Court filings make it clear that the former school employee accused of abducting, raping and killing young Hailey Owens had two other students' schedules and photographs — and pornographic writings using the girls' names.

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