Logan Clegg, a man who had been living in a tent in the woods in New Hampshire, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Monday. The conviction stems from the fatal shooting of retired couple Stephen and Djeswende Reid, who were killed while out for a walk near their apartment in Concord in April 2022. The jury deliberated for a day and a half before reaching their verdict.
Clegg, 27, now faces a potential life sentence in prison. The sentencing is scheduled for December 15. The bodies of the Reids were discovered several days after their deaths, having been dragged into the woods and concealed with leaves, sticks, and debris.
During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Clegg had given a false name to the police, burned his tent, erased information from his computer, and purchased a bus ticket out of Concord. He was later apprehended in South Burlington, Vermont, with a one-way plane ticket to Berlin, Germany, a fake passport, and a gun in his backpack.
Clegg’s defense attorneys argued that he left New Hampshire not because of the Reids, but to evade police after violating his probation on burglary and theft charges in Utah. They also contested the analysis of shell casings and bullets found at the crime scene, claiming that it could not definitively link Clegg’s gun to the shots that killed the Reids.
However, the jury found Clegg guilty on all nine counts he faced, including four counts of second-degree murder, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and four counts of falsifying physical evidence. The latter charges were related to moving and concealing the victims’ bodies, burning the tent, and destroying or removing information from Clegg’s laptop.
Prosecutors argued that Clegg’s repeated lies, attempted flight, and the discovery of the gun in his possession provided a compelling trail of evidence pointing to his guilt. The defense maintained that authorities had charged the wrong person, asserting that the state’s case was built on speculation and lacked solid evidence.
The trial also involved conflicting accounts regarding a woman who encountered the Reids on the trail before hearing gunshots and encountering a man. Defense attorneys argued that the man she saw was not Clegg, as his clothing did not match the prosecution’s description.