The mother of Hailey Owens, a 10-year-old Springfield girl murdered in 2014, has decided against asking the death penalty for the man accused of killing her daughter.
Instead, Stacey Barfield wants prosecutors to pursue a plea deal against Craig Wood.
Wood is scheduled to stand trial starting in October for kidnapping, rape and murder in the first-degree.
Hailey’s mom says she would support a life sentence without a chance for parole if Wood could avoid a painful trial.
She says prosecutors have not yet responded to her request.
Barfield says she continues to ensure Hailey’s death is not in vain, despite that her daughter’s death left a permanent void.
In similar news, legislation named Hailey’s Law is moved onto the Senate Thursday.
The Senate Transportation Committee and the Public Safety Committee heard the proposal.
The law would streamline Missouri’s AMBER Alert system in the hope that notifications about abducted children will reach the public more quickly.