Trial Date Set in Rebecca Ruud Case

    Photo courtesy Ozarks First

    A trial date has been set for Rebecca Ruud, the woman accused of killing and dismembering her daughter, Savannah Leckie in Ozark County in 2017.

    Ruud’s bench trial will happen on March 7, 2022.

    The Missouri Supreme Court assigned the case to Judge Calvin Holden in 2017. Because the trial is now a bench trial, it will take place in Holden’s courtroom in Greene County.

    Earlier in November, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned Holden’s ruling that a recording between Ruud and her lawyer could not be used in evidence. Ruud’s attorneys argued attorney-client privilege. The Missouri Supreme Court, however, ruled Ruud waived that privilege when she voluntarily disclosed that recording to a third party.

    Savannah Leckie was reported missing on July 20, 2017, by her mother, Rebecca Ruud. Leckie’s remains were later discovered, burned on Ruud’s property.

    A trial date for Peat has not been set yet. Judge Holden is also the judge on Peat’s case.

    (Story by Carrie Winchel, Ozarks First)


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