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Seventh victim identified in Valhermoso Springs mass murder

The identity of the seventh person killed was released Saturday afternoon by the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Jun 6, 2020 1:35 PM
Updated: Jun 8, 2020 7:50 AM

All seven victims of a mass shooting that took place late Thursday night have been confirmed by authorities.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Office released the name of James Wayne Benford, 22, of Decatur Saturday afternoon.

Seven people were killed the night of June 4 in a deadly shooting in the 500 block of Talucah Road in Valhermoso Springs in Morgan County.

Benford was shot and killed along with the following six people:

  • Tammy England Muzzey, 45, of Valhermoso Springs
  • Jeramy Wade Roberts, 31, of Athens
  • Emily Brooke Payne, 21, of Valhermoso Springs (GoFundMe account)
  • Roger Lee Jones Jr., 19, of Decatur
  • William Zane Hodgin, 18, of Somerville
  • Juvenile, 17

The FBI Task Force from Madison County along with Huntsville agencies are assisting the Morgan County Sheriff's Office in this investigation. 

As of Saturday afternoon, no arrests have been announced.

A cousin of Emily Payne told WAAY 31 that the shooting happened at the residence of Tammy Muzzey.

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