Ruud, Peat Plead Not Guilty to Murder of Savannah Leckie

Motion filed to move trial to another county

GAINESVILLE, Mo. -- Two people indicted for the murder of Savannah Leckie in Ozark County were before a judge Monday. And one of the suspects is asking to move the trial to a different county.

Rebecca Ruud, Leckie's biological mother, along with Ruud's husband, Robert Peat Jr., were arraigned Monday.  Both were indicted by a county grand jury September 20.

Ruud reported Leckie, 16, missing in July.  The teen's remains were found in a burn pile on the Ruud property near Longrun about a month later.  

Sheriff Darrin Reed said forensic testing performed on the burned remains confirm they were those of Leckie. Authorities have not said how she died.

Ruud and Peat are charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and abandonment of a corpse.  Both made separate appearances in court Monday and pleaded not guilty.    

Ruud filed a motion for a change of venue. 


(Ozarks Radio Network contributed information for this story)

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