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Suspect in teen's murder to be released

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo-  One of the suspects accused of murdering 16-year-old, Savannah Leckie, last year is now scheduled to be released from jail.

It was announced Thursday that Robert Peat Jr. will soon be released from jail on GPS monitoring. This comes as a surprise to many as both Peat and his wife, Rebecca Ruud, are both charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Ruud's 16-year-old daughter.

Both Ruud and Peat were arrested last year after Leckie's charred remains were found on Ruud's property in Ozark County along with a meat grinder, a knife and 26 bottles of lye. Ruud had initially reported her autistic daughter missing in late July. However, just over a week later, Ruud and Peat suddenly got married on the same day that bones belonging to Leckie were discovered on Ruud's property.

Investigators have said that Leckie suffered both physical and mental abuse from her mother leading up to the time of her death.

Both Peat and Ruud were later arrested after they both attempted to flee town on different occasions.

According to the Springfield NewsLeader, prosecutors have pushed for Peat's release citing new developments in the case. FOX 5 has reached out to the prosecutors in the case and are awaiting a call back.

Peat will be staying with family in Ozark County until he's due back in court on October 16. Ruud also has a hearing scheduled to take place at the end of August.

This is a developing story, so we'll continue to keep you updated with any new information as it becomes available.

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