Transient receives life sentence for killing NH couple

Wendy and Steve Reid were found shot to death on April 21 near the Broken Ground Trails in Concord.

Wendy and Steve Reid were found shot to death on April 21 near the Broken Ground Trails in Concord. New Hampshire Attorney General

People listen as Logan Clegg get sentenced during a hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023.

People listen as Logan Clegg get sentenced during a hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023. David Lane—Union Leader pool

Logan Clegg gets led into the courtroom for his sentencing hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023.

Logan Clegg gets led into the courtroom for his sentencing hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023. David Lane—Union Leader pool

Logan Clegg gets led into the courtroom for his sentencing hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023.

Logan Clegg gets led into the courtroom for his sentencing hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023. David Lane— Union Leader pool

Logan Clegg makes a statement at his sentencing hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023.

Logan Clegg makes a statement at his sentencing hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023. David Lane—Union Leader pool

Barbara Reid, sister-in-law to Steve and Wendy Reid, gives a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing for Logan Clegg at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023.

Barbara Reid, sister-in-law to Steve and Wendy Reid, gives a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing for Logan Clegg at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023. David Lane—Union Leader pool

Logan Clegg looks down as he listens to defense attorney Caroline Smith after he was found guilty of second degree murder of Steve and Wendy Reid on Monday, October 23, 2023 at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, New Hampshire.

Logan Clegg looks down as he listens to defense attorney Caroline Smith after he was found guilty of second degree murder of Steve and Wendy Reid on Monday, October 23, 2023 at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, New Hampshire. GEOFF FORESTER

Brian Reid, the son of Steve and Wendy Reid, gives a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing for Logan Clegg at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023.

Brian Reid, the son of Steve and Wendy Reid, gives a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing for Logan Clegg at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023. David Lane—Union Leader pool

Logan Clegg gets led out of the courtroom after his sentencing hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023.

Logan Clegg gets led out of the courtroom after his sentencing hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord on Dec. 15, 2023. David Lane—Union Leader pool

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Concord Monitor

Published: 12-15-2023 2:05 PM

Brian Reid knows his parents will always be remembered as humanitarians, loving family members, dedicated tennis players and global ambassadors.

He hopes the name and memory of Logan Clegg, the man convicted of murdering Steve and Wendy Reid as they went for a walk near their Concord home, will fade into the shadows of the four walls of the jail cell where he will spend the rest of his life.

Clegg, 27, shot and killed the Reids on the Broken Ground trail system in April of 2022. It was broad daylight and no motive was ever revealed. On Friday, he was sentenced to New Hampshire State Prison on two counts of murder for a minimum of 50 years and a maximum of life.

“There is no chance, as this sentence holds, that he will spend a day outside of prison,” said Merrimack County Superior Court Judge John Kissinger. “I hope the family has peace.”

Reid family members and friends took the microphone in court Friday morning expressing the loss they felt and the love they shared with Steve and Wendy.

When Barbara Reid stood to speak, she introduced herself as Bobbie – Steve’s sister-in-law.

She married into a tight-knit family, where Steve and her husband Peter roomed together for a year while attending the University of Notre Dame. Later on, they lived alongside their brother Mark in California.

When she and Peter were engaged, it wasn’t a question as to who would be his best man.

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“Despite the decades of literally living half a world apart, Peter and Steve could always pick up right where they left off as if they had just seen each other only yesterday, instead of months or years ago,” she said.

Peter misses many things in his brother’s absence – doubles tennis matches, Patriots football games, Friday night dinners at Szechuan Gardens on Fisherville Road. It was only the start of the retirement years they envisioned sharing.

And as the brothers reunited, Bobbie found a new friend and confidant in Wendy. Broken Ground was one of Wendy’s favorite trails in Concord and just three days before the murders, the two women walked the loop together.

In October, a jury found Clegg guilty on all charges – four counts of second-degree murder, four counts of falsifying evidence and one count of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon – after a three-week trial.

Prosecutors painted a portrait of Clegg as an elusive individual, who lied to police in the aftermath of the murder under an alias, Arthur Kelly. Clegg, a transient, left little trace in Concord, burning his campsite in the woods off the Broken Ground Trails.

When he was finally tracked down by police in Burlington, Vermont, the contents of his backpack linked him back to the Concord crime. Clegg had the murder weapon, a Glock 17, a Romanian identification card, a one-way plane ticket to Germany and $7,100 in cash.

Throughout the trial, Clegg showed no emotion as he returned to the murder scene and sat through hours of witness testimony and evidence.

On Friday, he took to the microphone himself, in defense of his innocence.

“No man with any pride or dignity gives up just because it was a single battle,” he said. “Especially when he knows he was in the right.”

He thanked his lawyers, Caroline Smith and Maya Dominguez, for their support throughout the process. And he vowed if the Supreme Court would hear his case, his conviction would be overturned.

“When you have to throw sand in your opponent’s eyes in order to win, that’s a sure sign that you’re not the one who deserves to win,” he said.

Kissinger rejected Clegg’s account.

“Let me be clear. There is absolutely no basis to that claim,” he said. “There is no doubt in my mind that Concord police worked tirelessly and skillfully to bring the killer of Steve and Wendy Reid to justice.”

A six-month investigation, with help from local, state and federal law enforcement, identified Clegg as the sole suspect. He was arrested in Vermont in October of 2022.

A member of the Reid family attended each event – from Clegg’s arraignment through the three-week trial, shared Keelan Forey, Steve and Wendy’s niece.

It’s testimony to their family foundation. And something she wanted Clegg to know, as she chose to address Clegg directly.

“My family is strong and we are smart,” she said. “We have what you don’t have which is meaning, purpose, each other and love.”

It’s the casual moments that catch Bobbie off guard – seeing someone from behind in the grocery store who resembles Wendy, or passing a log on Turkey Pond Road, where she sat with Wendy to plan Steve’s birthday dinner.

After their bodies were found, Bobbie would drive to the trailhead parking lot and sit in her car, looking for answers.

One day, she said to herself: “What happened to you guys?”

Never before has she heard voices from beyond, she said. But that day, alone in her car, they answered.

“We’re alright,” she heard Wendy say.

“You don’t want to know,” Steve replied.

“We’re here today because we all now know what happened and exactly who was responsible,” said Bobbie.

When Wendy replied that they were all right and they are okay, she is correct, said Bobbie, because Steve and Wendy are together. But for the family left behind, it’s a different story.

“We are not all right and we will never be okay,” she said. “The predictable waves of grief and the rogue waves of grief over the senseless murders of Steve and Wendy continue to crash over us and won’t ever cease.”