In 2021, a jury found Hust not guilty of first-degree murder but deadlocked on the other two charges that he was convicted of in this second trial, according to KRQE-TV.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Ariana "Jade" Romeo was found dead Aug. 11, 2018. She was found partially naked and had blood all over her body. Romeo and her mom lived in a home with seven other people, including Hust, and his DNA was reportedly found on Jade's body.
District Attorney Barbara Romo reportedly embraced Jade's mother Stephanie Romeo after the verdict and said, "I’m happy that Stephanie can have some closure and little Jade can rest in peace now. You can’t give up on a 6-year-old girl who was brutally raped and murdered."