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UPDATE: Child porn found at coach's home in girl's killing

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police say they have found child pornography at the southwest Missouri home of a middle-school football coach accused in the kidnapping and killing of a 10-year-old girl.

Search warrants released Friday by Springfield police say they found a three-ring binder containing pornographic photos of young children at the home of 45-year-old Craig Michael Wood.

Officers also seized computers, cameras, 15 guns, 30 video recordings and a hat believed to have been worn by fourth-grader Hailey Owens.

Wood is accused of snatching the child as she walked home from her best friend's house this week. Neighbors said they watched in horror and unsuccessfully gave chase as Hailey was pulled into a pickup truck that quickly sped away.

His public defender said Friday Wood plans to plead not guilty.


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A middle-school football coach charged with killing a 10-year-old Springfield girl is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Friday.

Forty-five-year-old Craig Michael Wood's arraignment was initially scheduled for Thursday but postponed a day. Wood was charged on Wednesday with first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed criminal action in the shooting death of fourth-grader Hailey Owens.

Police say the child was snatched off the street just blocks from her home in what they call a stranger abduction. Several neighbors unsuccessfully attempted to rescue the child, chasing the suspect on foot and by car.

Wood has worked for the Springfield school district since 1998 as a coach, substitute teacher and teacher's aide. Hailey attended a different school, and police and school officials say the two didn't know each other.


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