State ordered to disclose if it will seek death penalty against septuple murder suspect

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The attorneys for one of two men charged in a septuple homicide in Valhermoso Springs asked for the state to disclose if it intends to seek the death penalty against him.

Frederic Rogers is charged alongside John Michael Legg. Both men are charged with six counts of capital murder.

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Rogers’s attorneys filed a motion asking for the state to disclose the aggravating circumstances, or evidence that it intends to rely on to seek the death penalty. A judge ordered the state must disclose it within 45 days of February 13.

The attorneys also filed a motion asking the state to disclose any mitigating circumstances, or evidence in support of Rogers getting life without parole if he is found guilty and his trial heads to the sentencing phase.

Investigators say Rogers and Legg killed seven people inside a Valhermoso Springs home after a dispute involving their motorcycle club known as ‘7 Deadly Sins.’

The victims ranged from 17 to 45 years old. It took weeks for authorities to find and capture the suspects with multiple agencies assisting in processing the crime scene and searching for those responsible.

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Almost three weeks after the killings, authorities found Legg and Rogers in Oregon. They were indicted on six counts of capital murder.

Once extradited back to Morgan County, Rogers said in an interview that he and Legg had started a motorcycle club called the 7 Deadly Sins, and they served as president and vice president, according to testimony.

Authorities said both suspects were originally from Morgan County and knew everyone in the house. They did not have a criminal record at the time.

Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett described it as a “crime that shocked the community and tore families apart.”

Rogers trial is set for August 14, 2024. Legg doesn’t have a trial date set at this time.

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