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Thank You for taking the time to put together a remarkable summary of all the current facts (Court adm.) all the legal authorities, evidence present for the Hearing and the Trial.It's been awhile since I last post on her - so I will shorten this up a bit now.
Monday, June 27th:
*Bench Trial set to begin (Motions hearing before trial starts) (@ 8:30am CT) - MO - Savannah Leckie (16) (reported missing July 20, 2017, Theodosia; remains found Aug. 4, 2017 on property, Ozark County) – for *Rebecca M. Ruud (39/now 42), “mother” arrested & charged (8/21/17) & indicted (9/20/17) with 1st & 2nd degree murder, abuse of a child resulting in death, tampering with evidence & abandonment of corpse. Plead not guilty. Denied bond (10/16/18).
Bench Trial was set to begin on 3/7/22 continued to 6/27/22 (thru 6/29) before 31st Judicial Circuit Judge Calvin Holden in Green County in Springfield. Held beginning at 8:30 a.m. each morning Monday through Wednesday.
Court info from 1/30/18 thru 11/9/21 reference post #844 here:
11/22/21 Update: Status hearing held. State appears by PA John Garrabrant & AAG Tony Brown via Webex. Defendant appears by attorney Duvall & Welborn via Webex. Court appoints AAG Brown as Special Prosecutor. Bench trial set for 3/7/22.
11/30/21: Supplemental Disclosure/Certificate of Service. Bench trial is scheduled to begin on 3/7/22 @ 8:30am in Greene County. 12/28/21: Supplement Disclosure filed by Anthony M. Brown.
2/22/22 Update: The trial for Ruud has been bumped back from 3/7/22 to 6/27/22 to 6/29/22 before 31st Judicial Circuit Judge Calvin Holden. Ruud has requested a bench trial, meaning a judge determines the guilt or innocence of the defendant instead of a jury of her peers. The trial will be held in Greene County, where Holden holds most of his proceedings. A virtual meeting was held in February (2/8/22) with Holden & the defense team, which consists of Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant & Assistant Attorney General Michael after the attorneys & Judge received a Supreme Court decision on a key piece of evidence that was in question. The evidence is a recording device that Ruud reportedly taped while talking with two Missouri Public Defender employees while discussing her then-expected charges. Ruud reportedly gave the recording to her co-defendant & husband Robert Peat Jr., who offered it to the prosecution team in 2020 when he became a cooperating witness for the state.
3/13/22 Update: There will be a motions hearing on 6/27/22 before bench trial starts. 5/31/22: Proposed Writ of Habeas Corpus ad Prosequendum; Electronic filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA Anthony Brown. Sent to Judge for review. Writ requested. Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus ad Prosequendum; Electronic filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA Anthony Brown. Sent to Judge for review. Notice of Section 490.692 RSMO Service of Affidavit & Business Records; Electronic filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA Anthony Brown. Certificate of Service-Supplemental-5/31/22; Electronic filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA Anthony Brown.
6/2/22: Order for Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum. So Ordered, Judge Calvin Ray Holden. Sent to TCSO, Attn: Extradition. 6/6/22: Notice of Section 490.692 RSMO Service of Affidavit & Business Records; Electronic filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA Anthony Brown. 6/15/22: Motion in Limine to allow victims to be present in courtroom during trial; Electronic filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA Anthony Brown. Sent to Judge for review. 6/17/22: Correspondence sent. Clerk informed TCJ of Judge's Order. Court orders jail to have defendant dressed in street clothes & ready for Bench Trial setting beginning 6/27/22 by 8:30am. Court order for street clothing will be valid for any additional court appearances through 6/30/22. Filed By: Judge Calvin Holden.
6/24/22 Update: The trial will likely be one of the last big cases for Judge Holden, as he’s announced that he’ll retire July 31. Former Ozark County Prosecuting Attorney John Garrabrant, who retired from his position here in December 2021, will prosecute the case alongside Missouri Attorney General Anthony Michael Brown. Missouri Public Defender Yvette Renee Duvall of Springfield is representing Ruud.
*Robert Peat, Jr. (31/now 33) – Pretrial conference hearing on 5/18/21 was cancelled. Next hearing will be after Ruud’s trial.
I was going to watch some of that in the morning.
Thanks for posting - what is appearant in this case, is that the Public can view the trial online at their own convenience.I found these tweets -
for Monday, 6/27:
OPENING STATEMENTS - Horrific details given by the prosecutor. 16-yr-old Savannah Lackie went missing in July 2017. Her mother said she must have run away. Her remains were discovered in a burn pile in August 2017.
OPENING STATEMENTS - Prosecutor says the defendant recorded her own visit to the public defender's office. In that recording, she admits to burning Savannah's body. In that "story" she said Savannah died from a drug overdose and she burned her body, but that's not true per pros.
OPENING STATEMENTS - Prosecutor: Jailhouse inmates will testify that the defendant said she crushed up hydrocodone and put in Savannah's drink. That Ruud then thought Savannah was dead, brought her body to burn pile, "she wasn't dead, she woke up screaming"...
OPENING STATEMENTS - Prosecutor: And then the defendant hit her with a rake or some other instrument until Savannah could scream no more.
I'll see if I can hunt up some more.