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Alabama Man Accused of Killing 7 Upset After Deadly ‘Lapse in Judgment’ Results in No Church Services

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Apr. 27 2023, Published 1:33 p.m. ET

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Should an inmate be allowed to leave jail and go to church if he's accused of committing seven murders?

That question is up to a north Alabama judge, after a suspect wrote a request longhand from his jail cell.

John Legg, 22, is one of two men charged with capital murder for shooting seven people and a dog in a rural Morgan County home in June 2020.

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“Fellowship is an important part of being a Christian,” Legg wrote a judge. “I’m trying to better myself through attending church and other faith based classes.”

Legg explained he's receiving visits from Church of Christ ministers, but was “removed” from Sunday services.

“Please don’t let my lapse in judgment affect my growth in grace,” Legg wrote.

That "lapse" may refer to one potential problem with Legg's request. The Huntsville News reports he tried to escape from jail last June, with help from another accused murderer.

The plot failed, but that added a second-degree escape charge to Legg's lengthy list of counts.

A Morgan County judge told Legg earlier this month that he should consult his attorneys for any motions about his case.

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According to WHNT-TV, Legg's attorneys do not believe he is competent to stand trial.

Legg and Frederic Rogers, 24, await status hearings in October for the 2020 mass killing.

Legg and Rogers were captured in Oregon two weeks after the shootings. Court documents indicate they may have been part of a “Seven Deadly Sins” club with three of the victims.

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