VERDICT WATCH MO - Savannah Leckie, 16, found deceased, Theodosia, 18 July 2017 * mom arrested*

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Wednesday, June 29th:
*Bench Trial continues (Day 3) (@ 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 began on 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 6/24/22 & trial day 1 (6/27/22) reference post #892 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...theodosia-18-july-2017-arrests.344222/page-45

6/28/22 Tuesday, Trial Day 2: State witnesses: Curtis Dodds (recalled), in 2017 was with the Ozark County Sheriff’s office, now with Christian County. Tiffany Fox, former deputy at Ozark Sheriff’s. Joseph Marsillo, cadaver dog handler with Region G K9 group. Robert Peat, Jr., estranged husband of Ruud. Tamile Leckie-Montague, adopted mother of Savannah. Will be back on stand tomorrow.
For more info see post #897 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...theodosia-18-july-2017-arrests.344222/page-45
Trial continues on 6/29/22.

*Robert Peat, Jr. (31/now 33) – Pretrial conference hearing on 5/18/21 was cancelled. Next hearing will be after Ruud’s trial.
 

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Day 3 of Rebecca Ruud Murder Trial

-- Big reveal with the Adoptive Mom completing her testimony today (June 29, 2022). S. Lackie had at least half a dozen diagnosis on her health records... Adoptive Mom (T-L-M) says since grade one (1), the teen started seeing doctors and receiving medication for mental health issues... it appears that T-L-M had difficulty coping, looking for any way possible to get S. Lackie out of her home. These testimonies were coerced out of T-L-M, when faced with medical reports.. failing to clearly admit all the traumas that occurred.. even suicidal attempts by S. Lackie..and report of neglect against the adoptive Mom by the adopted girl.
These scenarios got so out of control, it appears the adoptive Mom was doing everything to have the right number of diagnoses to possibly institutionalize S. Lackie for life!

-- Regarding Murder.. there's a lot of allegations but nothing conclusive to show, that S. Lackie was Murdered, or how she was Murdered.. All the public have been shown, based on reportings and testimonies confirm; finger bone fragments and dental (not clear how many), used to make a positive identification.

-- It is possible that R. Ruud, do know what happened to S. Lackie, while in her care... but whatever it is... Is clearly a source of culperability; we'll never know. R. Ruud refused to take the withness stand!
Certainly, R. Ruud defense team did not focus on a Murder defense!
R. Ruud, ought to at least make a closing statement..or address the court and the public.. anything less and her faith is already decided..

-- It is my understanding, that S. Lackie was entered into the missing child/children data base, when she was first reported missing in 2017... It's quite evident S. Lackie, met foul play, because we do not know where she is, or what eventually happened to her...

After some research it was revealed, that Cremation Ashes could be tested for DNA.. but this did not happen in this case.. therefore, no idea what really happened to S. Lackie, and the Trial is basically over..!

All we really know is, that everyone saw S. Lackie as a burden... so how did they get rid of this special burden?

Link confirming, that Ashes could be tested for DNA: Cremation Ashes Testing - DNA from Ashes? | The Carlson Company
 
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Investigators provide details of how missing Ozark County teen’s body was found in a burn pile​


Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 10:44 PM CDT|Updated: 9 hours ago
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Testimony heard Tuesday revealed new information about the day investigators found the body of a missing Ozark County teen.
The first-degree murder case against Rebecca Ruud continued in Greene County. She’s charged with killing her 16-year-old daughter Savannah Leckie.
“I try and keep things simple,” said Joseph Marsillo.
He assisted Ozark County investigators in their search for Leckie.
Ruud told authorities Leckie ran away from their home in Theodosia in July 2017.

 

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This is the only tweets I could find for yesterday, 6/29.

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State's last 3 witnesses today are "jailhouse snitches" as the prosecutor referred to them. The judge ruled AUDIO ONLY as all 3 are no longer incarcerated.They have concerns of media exposure. They are expected to testify that #RebeccaRuud confessed to killing her daughter.

The adoptive mother of #SavannahLeckie started to cry while discussing the Mother's Day card she received from Leckie in May 2017. Her biological mother #RebeccaRuud is accused of murdering her in Missouri.

An inmate claimed that #RebeccaRuud told her that she put some crushed pills into Kool-Aid and gave it to her daughter #SavannahLeckie.

An inmate described how #RebeccaRuud allegedly drugged and put her daughter #SavannahLeckie in a burn pile alive in 2017.

BREAKING: State rests in MO v. #RebeccaRuud. 10 minute break while the defense speaks with Ruud about decision to testify or not.

Rebecca Rudd WILL NOT testify in her defense.


link: https://twitter.com/cathyrusson
 

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Thursday, June 30th:
*Bench Trial continues (Day 4)-Closing Arguments (@ 12:30pm 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 set to begin on 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. Closing arguments on 6/30/22.
Court info from 1/30/18 thru 6/24/22 reference post #901 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...theodosia-18-july-2017-arrests.344222/page-46

6/29/22 Wednesday, Trial Day 3: State witnesses: Tamile Leckie-Montague, adopted mother of Savannah back on stand continuing cross by defense. Buddy Smart, worked on farm. Audio only for inmate #1 Jessica Wahlens (sp?), who was housed with Ruud & heard her confess. Inmate #2 Sarah Johnson, another inmate who was housed with Ruud. Inmate #3 Cathy Hilton, was housed with Ruud.
State rested their case.
Ruud decided not to testify. Defense submits Motion to Dismiss/Judgement for Acquittal-denied.
Defense witness: Aimee McBeth, Sgt. at Taney County jail. A defense stipulation on testimony of Boyd Garrison, who was the first responder to the fire & “thought” he saw Savannah in the truck with Ruud at the gate. Attorneys & Judge in chambers re maybe a rebuttal by the State.
Defense rested their case. State rebuttal a stipulation from Keith Gwin, administrator at Taney County re how long Hilton was in lock down. Judge accepts stipulation. State rests their case. Motion by defense, 2nd Motion for Judgement of Acquittal-denied.
For more info see post #905 & 907 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...theodosia-18-july-2017-arrests.344222/page-46
Trial continues with closing arguments on 6/30/22 @ 12:30pm to 2pm.

*Robert Peat, Jr. (31/now 33) – Pretrial conference hearing on 5/18/21 was cancelled. Next hearing will be after Ruud’s trial.
 

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https://twitter.com/cathyrusson Cathy Russon
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CLOSING ARGUMENTS today at 12:30pm CT/1:30pm ET in the #RebeccaRuud trial. Ruud is charged with the murder of her teenage daughter #SavannahLeckie. Ruud did not testify. Reminder Ruud opted for a bench trial, there's no jury. The decision will be solely up to the judge.
Thank You @SeesSeas I couldn't remember what time they said they would start. I have been sick and it is hard to listen and remember things. I think I may be getting old.
 

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Murder -- Rebecca Ruud Bench Trial in Greene County, MO U.S.A.

Defense closing arguments were heard today, June 30th., 2022... cutting through all the who did it and when, or why!

--Defense in collaboration with Rebecca Ruud, herself told the court that S. Lackie, died because she was in fact injured in the reported fire on July 18, 2017..

--Further to this the teen was kept in the camper trailer, isolated from others.. so no intent to seek medical intervention.

--The Teen died of her injuries, no idea exactly when, or what date?

--Rebecca Ruud admits to burning the teen's body in the burn pit (as per her legal reps)

--How Ruud and Peat, managed to burn the teen's body, so that only finger bone fragments and 13 teeths were discovered; is unknown!

--Again this is a troubling Defense at best.. The problem here is that neither Ruud nor Peat, are doctors and neither one can pronounced death.. and they had "No" authority to burn a human body!

--It is reasonable to understand, why they never sort medical treatment for the teen considering they did not have medical insurance for her.. and such would be costly.. But why conceal a body that you believe has no life?

--Further, why take it upon yourself to burn the body... then report the teen missing?

--Conclusion.. I have to agree with the judge here.. this is not a forgivable act!

The more we live the more we encounter insanity of phenomenal levels... in my wildest imagination.. I could not imagine Ruud, actually guilty of committing such heinous inhumane acts.. Very troubling! The prescribed medication picked up on July 19th., 2017.. was for herself!
 

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@Niner didn't know if you wanted any of this information.

1746-CR02630 - ST V REBECCA M RUUD

06/30/2022 Note to Clerk eFiling
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Claims Filed
Hilton Witness Claim; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. (Total $54.00 fees) Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Claims Filed
Johnson Witness Claim; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. (Total fees $74.00) Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Claims Filed
Peat Jr Witness Claim; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. (Total $142.00 fees) Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Claims Filed
Marsillo Witness Claim; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. (Total $93.00 fees) Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Claims Filed
Peat Sr Witness Claim; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. (Total $137.00 fees) Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Claims Filed
Wollen Witness Claim; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. (Total $236.00 fees) Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Claims Filed
Williams Witness Claim; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. (Total $108.00 fees). Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Claims Filed
Jeffrey Witness Claim; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. (Total $111.00 fees). Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Claims Filed
Fox Witness Claim; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. (Total fee $78.00) Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Claims Filed
Smart Witness Claim; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. (Total $116.00 fees). Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
06/29/2022 Bench Trial Scheduled
Scheduled For: 06/30/2022; 12:30 PM ; CALVIN RAY HOLDEN; Taney
Motion Denied
Defendant's Motion for Acquittal at Close of State's Evidence and Defendant's Motion for Acquittal at Close of All Evidence - overruled. CRH/adp
Motion Granted/Sustained
Motion to Limit Media Coverage for Witnesses - Sustained. CRH/adp
Associated Entries: 06/28/2022 - Request Filed
Bench Trial Held
State appears by APA Garrabrant and SPA Atty Brown. Defendant appears in person from GCJ and by Atty Welborn and Atty Duvall. Motion to limit Media coverage for witnesses sustained. State concludes evidence. Defendant's Motion for acquittal at close of State's evidence overruled. Defendant commences evidence. Defendant rests. State makes rebuttal. State rests. Defendant's motion for acquittal at close of all evidence overruled. Court continues Bench Trial setting to 06/30/2022 at 12:30pm. CRH/adp
Scheduled For: 06/29/2022; 9:30 AM ; CALVIN RAY HOLDEN; Taney
06/28/2022 Request Filed
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Associated Entries: 06/29/2022 - Motion Granted/Sustained
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Bench Trial Scheduled
Bench Trial Held
State appears by APA Garrabrant and SPA Atty Brown. Defendant appears in person from GCJ and by Atty Welborn and Atty Duvall. State continues evidence. Bench Trial continued to 06/29/2022 at 9:00am. CRH/adp
Scheduled For: 06/28/2022; 8:30 AM ; CALVIN RAY HOLDEN; Taney
Subpoena Requested
Subpoena Served - Jackson; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by PD Welborn. nh
Filed By: LAUREN KATE WELBORN
Subpoena Requested
Subpoena Served - Cihal; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by PD Welborn. nh
Filed By: LAUREN KATE WELBORN
06/27/2022 Bench Trial Held
State appears by APA Garrabrant and SPA Atty Brown. Defendant appears in person and by Atty Welborn and Atty Duvall. Court grants State's Motion in Limine to allow victims to be present. Motion to substitute information in lieu of Indictment sustained over objection from Defendant. Defendant waives formal reading and pleads Not Guilty to substitute information. State makes opening statement. Defendant makes opening statement. State commences evidence. Bench Trial continued to 06/28/2022 at 9:30am. CRH/adp
Scheduled For: 06/27/2022; 8:30 AM ; CALVIN RAY HOLDEN; Taney
Subpoena Served
Subpoena Served - McBeth; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by PD Welborn. adp
Filed By: LAUREN KATE WELBORN
On Behalf Of: REBECCA M RUUD
06/26/2022 Request for Notc of Hrg Filed
Notice of Hearing; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA Brown. 6/27/22 @ 8:00am. Judge to review at the time of Court. nh
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
06/23/2022 Substitute Information Filed
Substitute Information in Lieu of Indictment; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Motion for Leave
Request for Leave to File a Substitute Information in Lieu of Indictment; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA Brown. adp
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
06/22/2022 Response Filed
Supplemental Disclosure - 6-22-2022; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Tamile Montague; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Eric Wilson DDS; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Boyd Garrison; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Darrin Reed; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Robert Peat Sr; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Robert Peat Jr; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Sandra Montague; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Cathy Meier; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Deputy Curtis Dobbs; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Sarah Johnson; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Jessica Wollen; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Joe Marsillo; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Kathy Hilton; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Tim Jeffrey; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Deputy Winston Collins; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Buddy Smart; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Michael Williams; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA A Brown tas
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Subpoena Served
Subpoena Served - Smart; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by PD Lauren Welborn tas
Filed By: LAUREN KATE WELBORN
Subpoena Served
Subpoena Served - Garrison; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by PD Lauren Welborn tas
Filed By: LAUREN KATE WELBORN
On Behalf Of: REBECCA M RUUD
06/21/2022 Certificate of Service
Supplemental Disclosure - 6-21-22; Electronic Filing Certificate of Service. Filed by AGA T.Brown. ak
Filed By: ANTHONY MICHAEL BROWN
Notice Approved Media Filed
Media Order. Judge Calvin Holden/adp
Filed By: CALVIN RAY HOLDEN

 

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Here's an article I found on the closing arguments with a verdict date!


June 30, 2022

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Following the arguments, Judge Holden, who was presiding over the bench trial, said he would take a few weeks to go over all the witnesses and the testimony. He said he would announce his verdict by July 15.
 

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Here's an article I found on the closing arguments with a verdict date!


June 30, 2022

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Following the arguments, Judge Holden, who was presiding over the bench trial, said he would take a few weeks to go over all the witnesses and the testimony. He said he would announce his verdict by July 15.

Now I'm wondering after listening to the closing arguments video - that Brown mentioned the 7/15 date - but the video cut off then. So I will wait & see what @Jewels53 - comes up with a verdict date. :)
 

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Now I'm wondering after listening to the closing arguments video - that Brown mentioned the 7/15 date - but the video cut off then. So I will wait & see what @Jewels53 - comes up with a verdict date. :)

Well I have you down as looking up dates for me! :D So maybe wait a few days & her court site might be updated.
 
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