MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of seven people in Morgan County earlier this month, authorities said Monday.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office confirmed John Michael Legg, 20 of Danville, and Frederic “Rick” Allen Rogers, 23 of Hartselle, were arrested in Marion County, Oregon during a traffic stop on Sunday.
Legg and Rogers are in the Marion County jail and have both been charged with capital murder. Our sister station KOIN tells us both have waived their extradition to Morgan County.
They are charged in the deaths of Tammy England Muzzey, 45, of Valhermoso Springs, Emily Brooke Payne, 21, of Valhermoso Springs, Roger Lee Jones Jr., 19 of Decatur, Jeramy Wade Roberts, 31, of Athens, and William Zane Hodgin, 18, of Sommerville, James Wayne Benford, 22, of Decatur, and a 17-year-old girl.
Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett said both suspects are originally from Morgan County and knew everyone in the house. They also did not have a criminal record.
“I don’t know that we’ve had any run-ins that would be of any sufficient content to say that were dangerous,” Sheriff Puckett said.
Investigators obtained warrants for Legg and Rogers on Friday and issued a nationwide alert for law enforcement looking for them. Puckett said agencies worked together to identify a home in Salem, Oregon as a potential destination. Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (in Oregon) saw the two men and initiated a traffic stop.
Puckett says the men were detained at gunpoint and taken into custody without incident.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says they saw Legg and Rogers driving in a silver Dodge Charger with an Alabama license plate.
According to Puckett, the suspects and three victims were part of a local club called the “7 Deadly Sins,” which Puckett said was dismantling at the time of the murder and was no threat to the community.
“We believe there might have been one other member. But it was a very small group. We believe based upon the investigation that they were doing away with the club…This was probably one of the ways they were going to wipe the slate clean if you will,” Puckett said.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office worked with 25 different agencies, including the FBI, across three states to find Legg and Rogers.
One of the suspects has family in Oregon.
Seven people were found shot to death at a home in Valhermoso Springs.
Authorities identified the victims as Tammy England Muzzey, 45, of Valhermoso Springs, Emily Brooke Payne, 21, of Valhermoso Springs, Roger Lee Jones Jr., 19 of Decatur, Jeramy Wade Roberts, 31, of Athens, and William Zane Hodgin, 18, of Sommerville, James Wayne Benford, 22, of Decatur, and a 17-year-old girl.