A man convicted of 7 Alabama murders when he was 19 was denied youthful criminal status


According to WAFF, a jury on Tuesday denied a young offender status in Morgan County after he was convicted of killing seven people last year.

On June 4, 2020, John Michael Legg, 19, shot and killed seven people at a home on Talukka Road in Valhermoso Springs, eastern Morgan County.

In June, Legg’s lawyers filed for a juvenile delinquency status, which limits the offender’s time in jail and closes the case record.

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The other man charged in the crime, Frederick Allen Rogers, 23, of Woodville, is having a Nov. 16 trial. Earlier this year, he pleaded not guilty and pleaded not guilty due to mental illness and mental disability.

In February, a grand jury indicted Rogers and Legg on six counts of murder. Since being arrested in Marion County, Ore. On June 21, 2020, the accused has been in Morgan County Jail without bail.

At the preliminary hearing, FBI investigator Chris Hendon made a written statement that James Wayne Benford, 22, of Decatur, Jeremy Roberts of Athens, Roger Lee Jones Jr., 20, of Decatur, and William Jane Hodgkin, 18, of Somerville.

Rogers’ statement, according to Hendon, attributed the leg shootings to homeowner Tammy England Muzzi, 45, Emily Payne, 21, and Dakota Green, 17, of Walhermoso Springs.

Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson said in February he would seek the death penalty for the two.

According to a search warrant affidavit, a witness testified that Legg and Rogers were members of a club called “7 Deadly Sins,” which included at least three homicide victims.

The affidavit stated that Rogers and Legg were “particularly upset about the club’s disobedience and the theft of several of their guns just hours before the homicides.”

According to Hendon’s testimony, some of the bodies were poured from gasoline and partially burned. Officers found about 60 spent bullet casings in the home. Even a small dog was fatally shot.


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