Judge rules suspect in Austintown murder, Medina rape incompetent
The Arizona man suspected of killing four women at truck stops in Ohio and Illinois, including one in Austintown, has been declared incompetent to stand trial by a Medina County judge.
According to court records, Samuel Legg III has been ordered to be held at a psychiatric facility for one year of mental health treatment.
Court records show that the judge believes Legg could become competent through the mental health treatment.
Legg faces charges of aggravated murder, aggravated murder during the commission of a felony (rape), aggravated murder during a felony (robbery), and murder.
He was charged in February for the 1992 murder of Sharon Lynn Kedzierski.
Her body was found near Universal Truck Mall parking lot in Austintown.
Kedzierski had been dead for 24 hours when she was found and died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries to her head, face, and chest.
Officials say Kedzierski was last seen in Florida alive in 1989.
Several years later, Gains says Kedzierski's daughters reportedly submitted their DNA to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS).
Prosecutor Gains says that donation of their DNA was instrumental in identifying Kedzierski.
In 2011, a Mahoning County Coroner's Office investigator sent evidence to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, including the DNA samples taken from Kedzierski's body.
In 2013, DNA evidence from the investigation linked to an unknown male came back related to crimes in other places as well as Kedzierski's case.
Evidence suggested a truck driver was the suspect. That truck driver was later identified as Samuel Legg, III.
Legg is also charged in connection with a 1997 rape case in Medina County.
The charge of aggravated murder carried a potential sentence of 20 years to life in prison in 1992, which is what he would be facing.