An Arizona trucker linked to four murders earlier this year through DNA is likely a serial killer, according to an official in Ohio.
In February, Ohio authorities announced that they have linked Samuel Legg III, 49, to multiple killings through DNA evidence. He was extradited in January from Arizona to face charges in a sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in 1997. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape at an arraignment in that case and, just hours later, he was indicted in Mahoning County on aggravated murder charges in the April 1992 slaying of 43-year-old named Sharon Kedzierski. She was killed by blunt force at a truck stop near Youngstown, Ohio. Little else is known publicly about the other truck stop slayings. Authorities have said three of the four were in Ohio in the 1990s and the fourth was in Illinois. He pleaded not guilty to Kedzierski's murder last week and a trial has been scheduled for April, News5 in Cleveland reported.
The cases have Ohio's attorney general describing Legg as a potential serial killer.
“I think it’s fair to say we may have a serial killer on our hands,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost told The Daily Beast. “He’s been linked with multiple unrelated homicides in multiple locations, which is what a serial killer is.”
In 1990, Legg was interviewed in regards to the suspicious death of his 14-year-old stepdaughter, Angela Hicks, whose body was discovered in a wooded area that year, according to News5. He was never charged in connection with her death and that case remains under investigation. It’s not clear if Hicks is one of the several cases that Legg is being linked to.
The authorities recently zeroed in on Legg after a DNA sample from an unsolved 1990s murder was linked to him through one of his relatives, who had been convicted of an unrelated crime and whose DNA was in the system, according to News5 in Cleveland.
After that, a family tree was built which led authorities to Legg.
The method in which he was found to be a suspect is not that different from how the Golden State Killer suspect and suspects in other recent cold cases were caught.
Legg is being held in jail without bond.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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