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Murder suspect wants statements thrown out

Murder suspect wants statements thrown out

April 19th, 2014 in News

Craig Michael Wood, left, enters the courtroom for a hearing Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Springfield, Mo. Wood, who was a middle school football coach, is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and child kidnapping in connection with 10-year-old Hailey Owens' death.

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - An attorney for a Springfield man suspected of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl want statements he made to police after his arrest to be suppressed.

Attorney Patrick Berrigan writes in court documents that Craig Michael Wood was suffering from intoxication, emotional turmoil and psychological instability when he was arrested in February in the death of Hailey Owens.

The girl was abducted from her neighborhood and found dead hours later in the basement of Wood's house. Wood is charged with murder, armed criminal action and child kidnapping.

The Springfield News-Leader reports ( ) that Berrigan contends Wood repeatedly asked police to stop questioning him so he could consult with an attorney.

Greene County prosecutor Dan Patterson said motions to suppress are routine and he would have no further comment.