JEFFERSON Town, Mo. — With a final decision in favor of the prosecution currently, the Missouri Supreme Court docket has overturned a Greene County judge’s ruling in the murder case from Rebecca Ruud.
Attorneys for Ruud, who is accused of the 2017 loss of life and dismemberment of her daughter Savannah Leckie in Ozark County, experienced argued lawyer-customer privilege in an work to maintain a recording involving the defendant and her attorney out of evidence.
In a unanimous selection composed by Judge W. Brent Powell, the Supreme Courtroom of Missouri ruled that Ruud had waived that privilege when she voluntarily disclosed the recording to a 3rd social gathering.
With this ruling, the case in opposition to Ruud can continue in the courts. It overturns a ruling by Greene County Circuit Decide Calvin Holden that the recording did tumble underneath privilege and was hence inadmissible in court.
In accordance to courtroom documents, Ruud gave particular belongings in an unsealed box to her husband Robert Peat for a probable truck-driving journey. She did not recognize she had put a digital recorder with an incriminating dialogue amongst she and her attorneys Lane and Holder in the box as well.
Peat is also charged in relationship with the loss of life of Leckie.
When Peat uncovered the digital recording and the incriminating statements, he instructed his lawyer who contacted the state. Peat turned above the digital recorder to the Ozark County Sheriff’s Office environment the identical working day. It has been in the custody of the sheriff’s office environment considering the fact that.
In accordance to the Supreme Court docket ruling, Ruud’s disclosure was voluntary.
“No evidence in the record implies, nor does Ruud assert, that she was pressured or coerced into handing in excess of the box with the recording to Peat. Instead, the document suggests Ruud voluntarily gave the box that contains the recording to Peat to prepare for a excursion,” the ruling states.
Savannah Leckie was claimed missing back on July 20, 2017 by her mom, Rebecca Ruud. Leckies remains have been later learned, burned numerous times on Ruud’s house.
Ruud married Robert Peat Jr, on Friday August 4, 2017, the same day that Leckie’s continues to be were uncovered. The two were arrested by Ozark County Sheriff Darrin Reed a couple days later on and were the two charged with initially-diploma murder, 2nd-degree murder, boy or girl abuse resulting in death, tampering with proof, and abandonment of a corpse.
In May of this calendar year, the bench trial for Ruud was canceled owing to a pending appeal of a movement to the Missouri Supreme Court docket regarding no matter if prosecutors may use the certain recording as proof in the murder demo, which now can be based mostly on todays Missouri Supreme Court docket ruling.