DECATUR, Ala. — More than two weeks after seven people were murdered at a home in Valhermoso Springs in Morgan County, the Morgan County Sheriff's Office announced that two arrests have been made in connection with the killings.
Investigators say the two murder suspects were so upset with fellow members of their club, Seven Deadly Sins, that they gunned them down to "wipe the slate clean."
The two men were arrested in Marion County, Oregon.
Watch the Morgan County Sheriff's Office update:
John Michael Legg, 20, is from Danville. Frederic Allen Rogers, 23, is from Hartselle.
The suspects are in Marion County, OR and are awaiting extradition to Alabama. They were arrested without incident during a traffic stop.
"We were watching the house that we believe they were in. Yesterday there was a traffic stop performed by the Sheriff's Department there in Marion County and they were taken into custody without incident," says Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett.
Our sister station KGW reported:
On June 21, 2020 at 12:30 pm deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, together with members from the Marion County SWAT team, initiated a traffic stop on a Silver/Grey Dodge Charger with Alabama license plate in Stayton.
Inside the vehicle they located two men wanted for murder in Alabama.
On June 19, 2020, arrest warrants had been issued for Frederic Rogers, 22, and John Legg, 19, for the offense of Capitol Murder related to a mass shooting in Valhermoso Springs, near Huntsville, Alabama.
Rogers and Legg were taken into custody, without incident, and lodged at the Marion County Jail. They are currently awaiting extradition back to Alabama.
We would like to thank the local FBI office and Aumsville PD for their assistance with the safe capture of these two fugitives from Alabama.
"We need the public to step forward and those leads have generated the hard work of the agencies involved to help us get to where we're at today," says FBI Asst Special Agent In Charge for the Birmingham Field Office, Todd Bobe.
The Morgan County Sheriff's Office says that these two men and at least some of the victims were forming a club calling "The Seven Deadly Sins". They may have been trying to end the club.
"We believe three of the victims were members of the club. Three of the victims that were murdered," says Sheriff Puckett.
The sheriff's office says that the suspects and people in the house all knew each other. They do not believe there is any danger to the public from this club. The two suspects had no criminal records.
Public tips helped lead to the suspects and helping in the investigation. The sheriff's office gave no information on weapons or whether drugs were involved. The two suspects did not have any previous criminal record. Sheriff Puckett also has a message to the victim's family.
"Our investigators did not give up on your loved ones. These arrests will begin your journey to justice. We will continue to be with you in this fight until justice is served."
The sheriff's office had been very closed-mouthed about the killings, not revealing to the public who lived in the home or the nature of the people's relationships. They did say they have been to the home multiple times in 2020 for calls ranging from poisoning/overdose to unauthorized use of a vehicle.