Judge Sets Trial Dates For Couple Indicted For Savannah Leckie's Death

A trial date has been set for a couple accused of murdering Savannah Leckie in Ozark County.

Rebecca Ruud, Savannah’s biological mother, and Robert Peat Jr. are married and in their 30s.

They have both been indicted by a federal grand jury, charged with first-degree murder involving the 16-year-old with autism’s death.

Ruud and Peat were in court together in Greene County Friday, although they will have separate trials.

Judge Calvin Holden set Ruud's trial for August 27 with a jury from Taney County.

The Springfield News-Leader says Peat's trial will start on July 30 in either Springfield or Forsyth, but the jury will be brought in from Cole County.

A grand jury indicted Ruud and Peat in September on five felony charges.

Previous coverage from KTTS on Savannah Leckie’s death:

Rebecca Ruud and Robert Peat Jr. are both charged with first and second degree murder, child abuse or neglect, tampering with evidence, and abandonment of a corpse.

The couple is accused of killing 16-year-old Savannah Leckie, who had come to stay with them from an adoptive family in Minnesota.

She was reported missing on July 20th after living with Ruud for under a year.

Ruud claimed her daughter ran away while volunteers searched around their home in Theodosia.

After investigators executed numerous search warrants of Ruud’s property, they found charred, humans remains at the bottom of a burn pile.

The remains were later confirmed to be Savannah Leckie’s.

Ruud was taken into custody on August 21st after deputies found her waiting on a Greyhound bus in Springfield.

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