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Suspects in Morgan County mass shooting arrested in Oregon, charged with capital murder

The suspects are identified as John Michael Legg and Frederic “Rick” Rogers.

Posted: Jun 22, 2020 12:02 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2020 7:03 PM

The Morgan County Sheriff's Office said it's awaiting extradition of the two men accused of murdering seven people in a home in Valhermoso Springs. Two men are in custody in Oregon. 

The shooting happened late in the evening on June 4 on the 500 block of Talucah Road in Valhermoso Springs.

John Michael Legg (left) and Frederic "Rick" Rogers (right)

This photo from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office shows the traffic stop that Legg and Rogers were arrested in.

The suspects are identified as John Michael Legg, 19, from Danville and Frederic “Rick” Rogers, 22, from Hartselle. They're both facing capital murder charges.

WAAY 31 talked to someone who lives in Marion County, Oregon, and witnessed the traffic stop. He said about 10 police cars surround the suspects car as John Legg and Rick Rogers were arrested at gunpoint but without incident. 

Ron Puckett, Morgan County Sheriff, said the suspects are cooperating, however, his office is staying tight lipped about the investigation. He said they're saving the details for court.

The warrants for Legg and Rogers were issued on June 19, and an alert was sent to law enforcement nationwide. They were arrested on Sunday around 12:30 p.m. by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon during a traffic stop. We're told they were in a grey Dodge Charger with an Alabama license plate.

Authorities say the suspects have no criminal records. They say the suspects knew all seven victims. 

"We believe they knew everyone in the house. We believe they had probably been to the house many a times. At least three of the victims were club members so it wasn't a surprise for them to associate," Puckett said. 

The Sheriff said the club was called the "Seven Deadly Sins." Puckett said the two suspects were in the club with three of the victims, Roger Jones, Jr., Jeramy Roberts and James Benford.

"We believe there might have been one other member, but it was a very small group. We believe based on the investigation it was a very small club," Puckett said at the news conference.  

He did not elaborate further on the club.

More than 25 law enforcement agencies worked together in the investigation. The sheriff's office said investigators were tracking both suspects moves since they left the state and headed to oregon.

"Because the bad guys aren't going to stay local. We can't stay local. It's everyone partnering together, all the agencies partnering together with a common goal to make the streets safer for all of us, not only joining forces in north Alabama but across the United States," said FBI Special Agent Todd Bobe. 

Bobe said FBI division in Denver and Portland helped locate the suspects as well. 

The North Alabama Violent Crimes Task Force that's sponsored by the FBI but has investigators from multiple different north Alabama agencies worked hard to piece together the evidence that led them to Legg and Rogers.

The department says Rogers has family in Oregon. It's unknown when they will be brought back to Alabama. The sheriff's office does not expect to make any more arrests.  Right now, we don’t know a motive for the murders, but the sheriff’s office said it appears to be an isolated, targeted event.

We know the victims are:

  • Tammy Muzzey, 45, of Valhermoso Springs
  • Jeramy Roberts, 31, of Athens
  • James Benford, 22, of Decatur
  • Emily Payne, 21, of Valhermoso Springs
  • Roger Jones, Jr., 19, of Decatur
  • William Hodgin, 18, of Somerville
  • Juvenile, 17

WAAY 31 will bring you the latest information on air and online at WAAYTV.com.

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