Wagner brother pleads not guilty for role in Rhoden family massacre

Wagner brother pleads not guilty for role in Rhoden family massacre

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - George Wagner IV showed little emotion throughout his court appearance Wednesday.

It took Judge Randy Deering the better part of an hour to read all counts and specifications that Wagner IV faces.

He pleaded not guilty to all 22 charges in the indictment -- including eight charges of capital murder -- for his role in the Pike County massacre. Wagner IV is accused of killing eight members of the Rhoden family in 2016.

His brother, Edward ‘Jake’ Wagner, pleaded ‘not guilty' in court Tuesday morning. Both borthers waived their right to a speedy trial.

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Posted by FOX19 on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wagner IV’s attorney asked the court if he could be set free on bond until his trial, a request that the judge promptly denied.

He was taken back to the Ross County jail where he is being held.

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Angela Wagner, the mother of Jake and George IV, is due in court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The final member of the Wagner family charged with aggravated murder in the execution-style slayings of the eight Rhoden family members will be in court the following week.

They all face aggravated murder charges and other counts that carry the possibility of a death sentence if they are convicted.

The victims are Christopher Rhoden, 40; his older brother, Kenneth Rhoden, 44; his cousin, Gary Rhoden; his former wife, Dana Lynn Rhoden, 37, and their children: Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20, Hanna Mae Rhoden, 19, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, and Frankie’s fiancé, Hannah Gilley.

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