Final court appearance for Wagner grandmother before trial continued

Final court appearance for Wagner grandmother before trial continued
Fredericka Wagner in a Pike County court for a pretrial hearing. (Source: WXIX)

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - The final court date for the matriarch of the Wagner family before her trial begins is continued.

Fredericka Wagner was scheduled to be in court Tuesday afternoon, but during what is sure to be the most-brief appearance by a member of the Wagner family during the Pike County massacre hearings to date, her attorneys asked for the case to be continued to June 12.

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Wagner is facing charges in connection with the Rhoden family slayings that left eight members of that family dead in brutal, execution-style shootings.

She is not facing murder charges herself, but she is accused of perjury and obstructing justice by misleading investigators.

Her son George “Billy” Wagner III, 47, his wife Angela, 48, and their sons Edward “Jake” Wagner, 26, and George Wagner IV, 27, are all charged with aggravated murder and face the possibility of the death penalty.

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In January, Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk and Special Prosecuting Attorney Angela Canepa say Fredericka Wagner lied on the stand about the purchase of bulletproof vests found in her home during a police raid.

During her last court appearance March 28, Judge Randy Deering set a trail date beginning July 29.

Wagner’s attorney also filed a motion to dismiss charges against her but the state prosecutor said there was no basis for that to happen.

Judge Deering agreed with the state and the motion to dismiss the charges was denied.

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