On June 4th, emergency services responded to reports of gunfire in Valhermoso Springs in Morgan County Alabama. Upon arrival, part of the home was discovered to be burning. Once the flames were extinguished the remains of seven individuals and one dog were discovered inside.
Early in the investigation, law enforcement issued a statement saying that there was “no immediate threat to the public in the area,” and that they believed the suspects had left the area.
Yesterday, the Morgan County Sheriff's Office took to social media to inform the public that on Friday the 19th they had obtained warrants for the arrest of their two suspects on capitol murder charges. On Sunday the Marion County Sheriff's Office out of Oregon initiated a traffic stop which led to the arrests of John Michael Legg, 19, and Frederic "Rick" Rogers, 22. They are in custody in Oregon awaiting extradition back to Alabama.
During a press conference, Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett stated that at least three of the victims were in a club with the two suspected murderers called "The Seven Deadly Sins." Puckett would not go into detail about the suspected activities of this club stating merely that more information would be released during the trial.
According to Paul Gattis, reporter for AL.com, neighbor stated that the residence where the shooting occurred was known for "heavy drug activity."
Neither Legg nor Rodgers had a criminal record.
The victims of the shooting were identified as Tammy England Muzzey, 45; Emily Brooke Payne, 21; Roger Lee Jones Jr., 19; Jeramy Wade Roberts, 31; William Zane Hodgin, 18; and James Wayne Benford, 22. The final victim, who was identified by law enforcement but whose identity was not released to the public was a 17-year-old female.
According to Sheriff Puckett, should Legg and Rodgers waive their extradition, Morgan County will have ten days to collect them from Oregon. If they should chose to fight the extradition, it could take up to 90 days for them to return to Alabama.