Wagner mother in court for Rhoden family massacre

Wagner mother in court for Rhoden massacre

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - One of the suspects in the Pike County Massacre appeared again in court Wednesday afternoon.

Court was delayed for about an hour and half leading to speculation that something significant was being discussed in the judge’s chambers. Angela Wagner, 48, has filed 49 motions with the court, all of a non-substantive nature, according to the judge. It appears everything was worked out behind the scenes as the judge ruled that it was premature to hear the motions Wednesday because discovery of evidence is not yet complete.

Angela Wagner, her husband and two sons are accused of killing eight members of the Rhoden family in 2016.

Angela Wagner, Billy Wagner, 47, and their sons Edward “Jake," 26, and George IV, 27, are charged with aggravated murder and face the possibility of the death penalty.

All have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bond at separate Ohio jails.

Angela’s mother Rita Newcomb, 65, and Billy’s mother Fredericka Wagner, 76, are accused of assisting with covering up the killings.

The victims were family patriarch 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.

The Rhodens were found in four separate trailers at two locations near Piketon the morning of April 22, 2016.

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The slayings are considered the state’s most complex homicide investigation to date, resulting in more than 1,000 tips, hundreds of people interviewed and dozens of search warrants, officials said.

Authorities have referred to the case as a puzzle with a possible motive of a heated custody battle over a toddler, Sophia Wagner, who is now 5 years old. She is the daughter of Jake Wagner and Hannah Rhoden.

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