First trial scheduled in murder of Ozark County teen

The first of two planned trials in the murder of an Ozark County teenager has been set for late July. According to Springfield television station KOLR, pretrial conferences were held Friday in Greene County Circuit Court in Springfield for Rebecca Ruud and Robert Peat as they stand accused of several charges including first-degree murder in the killing of Ruud's daughter, 16-year-old Savannah Leckie, and burning her body afterward. Judge Calvin Holden ruled jury selection for Peat will begin July 30th in Cole County for an early August trial. The judge also ruled Ruud will go on trial after Peat.

Ruud and Peat, husband and wife, are both charged with murdering Leckie and disposing of her corpse. Ruud reported Leckie missing from her Theodosia-area farm July 20th. Investigators found Leckie’s burned remains on the farm August 4th. Peat is represented by James Robert Hayes.

The state is represented in both cases by Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant and Assistant Attorney General Steven Mark Kretzer.

Peat and Ruud are scheduled for addition pretrial conferences May 18th.

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