Authorities blame double homicide on land dispute

Donald Legg. Photo Source: Tyler County
Donald Legg. Photo Source: Tyler County

By Jena Johnson - email

TYLER COUNTY, TEXAS (KTRE) - Tyler County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting death of two elderly men which authorities believe stemmed from a land dispute.

Around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, law enforcement responded to a shots fired call on County Road 2150, off FM 256, west of Woodville.

Deputies said Preston Irvin Broom, Sr., 73, and Leo Henry Broom, 78, were found shot near their residences on County Road 2150.

Preston Broom was transported to the Tyler County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Leo Broom was pronounced dead at his residence by a justice of the peace.

A Department of Public Safety trooper spotted and arrested the suspect, Donald David Legg, 77, of Shreveport. He was found on County Road 2150, reportedly cutting barbed wire with wire cutters, after the shootings.

Sheriff David Hennigan said the trooper reported Legg felt adamant the land was his.

"He feels like he owns the property," Hennigan said.

Hennigan said Legg and his wife have been feuding with the Broom family over the land since the early 1980s. Preston Broom and Leo Broom, who are cousins, do not even own the land, but lived on separate houses on the settlement.

Hennigan called it a heinous crime.

"I'm still reeling from the fact that it even happened," he said.

Legg is being held in the Tyler County Sheriff's Office Jail, charged with two counts of capital murder. His bond is set at $5,000,000.

Tyler County District Attorney Joe Smith said Legg is charged with the two counts because he murdered two people while engaged in a terroristic threat.

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