‘Great deal of’ evidence pushes back trial date for oldest Wagner brother

George Wagner IV in court for pretrial

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - The murder trial for one of the suspects in the 2016 Rhoden family murders has been pushed back as defense attorneys accept a mound of evidence from the state.

Still wearing a court-ordered shock vest underneath his civilian clothes for security reasons, George Wagner IV appeared in court Tuesday. Pike County Circuit Judge Randy Deering gave his attorneys more time to prepare their case.

The 27-year-old Wagner, along with his father Billy, mother Angela and younger brother Jake are accused of the execution-style murders of eight members of the Rhoden family.

When Wagner IV was in court last month, Judge Deering set a Sept. 4 trial date. On Tuesday, the date was moved back to an undetermined date.

The special state prosecutor gave the defense team two terabytes of information.

“And that’s a great deal of material for the defense attorneys to look at, I’m sure," said Deering.

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The prosecutor, who calls this one of the most complex criminal cases in state history, says there are more than 2 million items on the disc. The evidence includes documents, recordings, videos, pictures, cell phone records and forensic reports.

Wagner was taken back to the Ross County Jail where he is being housed.

On Thursday, his grandmother Rita Newcomb is slated to appear is court. She is accused of lying to a grand jury and forging custody documents involving the now 5-year-old girl of Jake Wagner and Hannah Rhoden, one of the murder victims.

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Posted by FOX19 on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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