Medina County rape suspect linked to multiple murders in Ohio, Illinois

Samuel Legg is currently in the Medina County Jail on rape charges from alleged 1997 attack.

Medina County rape suspect linked to multiple murders in Ohio, Illinois

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Samuel Legg remains behind bars at the Medina County Jail.

The former trucker is charged with two counts of aggravated rape after DNA evidence connected him to the attack of a 17-year-old girl in Medina County.

"This is an absolutely horrible crime. This person violated individual people, citizens in numerous locations," said Forrest Thompson, Medina County Prosecutor.

Those other locations became apparent soon after Legg's arrest.

He is now charged with the 1992 murder of Sharon Kedzierski, and the attorney general’s office has said evidence links him to three other homicides.

It's unclear how many victims there may be, but Elyria Police have reopened an investigation into the 1990 murder of Legg's stepdaughter, Angela Hicks.

In an interview shortly after Legg’s arrest, Capt. Chris Constantino said Legg had long been a person of interest in that case.

Legg used to be a trucker based in Ohio, but he was living in Arizona at a group home when DNA connected him to the 1997 rape in Medina County.

While there have been suggestions that Legg could have killed many more people, Thompson says it’s not productive to take guesses. He says the crimes are bad enough as it is.

“My only position is this. Mr. Legg should be accountable for every victim, wherever they’re located, whenever they were victimized. He should be held accountable for each one of those,” Thompson said.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office said Thursday it did not have an update on the status of the investigation.

Legg was scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a hearing to determine his psychological competency to stand trial, but that hearing was pushed back, pending the results of a psychiatric evaluation.

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