Trial date set for accused murderer of 6-year-old girl

Crime

The man accused of murdering a Rio Rancho girl is preparing to go to court as the trial for Leland Hust is now set.

Six-year-old Ariana Romero was staying with the family of 21-year-old Leland Hust back in August when Rio Rancho Police say he raped then strangled the little girl.

His DNA was later found on her body.

Hust pleaded not guilty to the charges in October.

New court documents show he’s scheduled to go before a jury in February of 2020.

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