Frederic Rogers, 22, left, and John Legg, 19, were arrested in Oregon June 21, 2020 and are being held for extradition to Alabama as subjects in the June 5, 2020 murders of seven people in a house in Morgan County, Ala. Police say the suspects and at least some of their victims belonged to a club they had created called the “7 Deadly Sins” when they allegedly decided to end the club for good.
Two Alabama men are in an Oregon jail today charged with fatally shooting seven people at a home in Morgan County earlier this month.
Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett said at least some of the victims and the suspects were in a club of their own creation called the “7 Deadly Sins” when suspects John Michael Legg and Frederic “Ric” Rogers basically decided to shut the club down early in June.
The two suspects were tracked to Salem, Oregon where one of them has a relative, Puckett said. After a warrant for their arrest was issued June 19, The Marion County Sheriff’s Department in Oregon stopped a Silver/Grey Dodge Charger with the two men inside and held them at gunpoint until they were in custody. They are being held for extradition to Morgan County to face trial.
Puckett released little new information about the case in a press conference but praised the work of his investigators and the cooperation of the FBI and Oregon sheriff’s department. He said investigators had worked tirelessly on the case until the suspects were identified and located.
The shootings took place June 5 at a home on the 500 block of Talucah Road in Valhermoso Springs close to Somerville at a little before 11:30 p.m., according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s office. The scene is about 10-12 minutes from Huntsville city limits.
Upon arrival at the residence, deputies saw part of the home was on fire and later discovered seven bodies inside after the fire was extinguished. They said later that the fire was believed set to destroy evidence in the shootings.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office later identified the victims as Tammy England Muzzey, age 45 of Valhermoso Springs; Emily Brooke Payne, age 21 of Valhermoso Springs; Roger Lee Jones Jr., age 19 of Decatur; Jeramy Wade Roberts, age 31 of Athens; William Zane Hodgin, age 18 of Somerville; and James Wayne Benford, age 22 of Decatur.
A 17-year-old female victim was also identified but her name was not released.
“It is a horrific scene and to be able to process it will take some time,” MCSO’s public information officer Mike Swafford said at the time.
Swafford later told AL.com that investigators believe the suspect went to the residence with the intention of shooting everyone there. Some victims had multiple gunshot wounds, Swafford said. He called the crimes, “Incredibly heinous… cold-blooded.”
The director of the county’s 911 service received two calls reporting gunfire at the residence came in around 11:30 p.m. One caller said a gun had been fired intermittently for an hour.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Somerville Police Department were brought in to assist with the crime scene. The FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force is also assisting.
The shooting came a little over a week after the county witnessed a triple homicide.