Clegg murder trial to begin in October
|Published: 09-18-2023 4:08 PM
The man accused of shooting a retired Concord couple out for a walk near their home last year is set to stand trial early next month.
Logan Clegg, 27, who remained free for for six months following the fatal shooting of Concord couple Steve and Wendy Reid last spring, is facing four charges of second degree murder, four counts of falsifying evidence and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, felonies.
The trial, which was first postponed from July to October, was on the verge of being postponed again last month when the state presented the judge with a request to conduct additional DNA testing on the basis that their first round of testing was inconclusive. Clegg’s defense attorneys tried to block the request on the basis that the testing did not directly incriminate him or link him to the crime and could infringe on his right to a speedy trial by requiring the defense’s own DNA expert to analyze the results independently.
On Monday, neither the defense, the prosecution nor Judge John Kissinger discussed the results of the additional DNA evidence submitted last week but determined that the trial would move forward as planned with jury selection beginning on October 2 followed by opening statements on October 3 and the start of witness testimony on October 4.
The Reids left their home in the Alton Woods apartment complex for a walk around 2:22 p.m. on April 18, 2022, and never returned. Their bodies were found three days later near the Broken Ground hiking trails after their family reported them missing and the case quickly gained national attention.
The Concord Police Department launched an extensive six month investigation assisted by the New Hampshire State Police that led to Clegg’s arrest in South Burlington, Vermont, in October. Prior to the double homicide, he was living in the woods but in the days following, he burned his tent side and fled the area. Police said they later found bullet casings at the campsite that matched the ones found at the murder scene.
Following his arrest and search of his campsite in Vermont, the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory was able to determine that the Glock 17 handgun found in Clegg’s tent was a match for the bullets, fragments and casings found at the crime scene.
Clegg was raised in Colville, Washington, a small mining town north of Spokane with a population of 5,000. He relocated to Spokane in 2014 and was questioned by police in 2018 for fatally stabbing a man during a fight on his way to work.
The stabbing was ruled self-defense but Clegg had left the area before police could tell him he’d been cleared of all potential charges.
In 2020, he was arrested twice in Utah for breaking and entering, burglary and illegal possession of a firearm. At the time, Clegg was living in an abandoned building across the street from the police department when he was arrested, convicted and placed on probation. Per the requirements of his probationary period, he was not permitted to leave the state for three years.
But 11 months later, he vanished to Europe for six months before arriving in Boston and making his way to Concord.
In February, Clegg traveled to northern Vermont where he purchased the Glock 17 using fake identification and returned to Concord around the time the Reids were murdered. They were known for their years of humanitarian work around the world and had recently moved to Concord to retire.
If found guilty, Clegg faces life in prison. He has remained held without bail at the Merrimack County House of Corrections in Boscawen since October.