Pike Co. grandmother still facing obstruction, perjury charges may have bond revoked

Pike Co. grandma may go back to jail

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - Bond for the Pike County grandmother still facing charges in connection with the brutal, execution-style murders that claimed the life of eight members of the Rhoden family in April 2016 may be revoked if the state of Ohio gets their way.

Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk and Special Prosecuting Attorney Angela Canepa filed a motion to revoke the bail of Rita Newcomb during what was supposed to be her final court appearance Thursday afternoon.

They say Newcomb has been talking to her daughter Angela Wagner, who is one of four members of Wagner’s family charged with murder in the slaying of the Rhoden family.

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Canepa says the conversations have been happening by phone and are ‘lengthy.' She also says it’s discussed during the calls that the mother daughter duo should not be talking.

The judge acknowledged that a violation of bond is a very serious offense and reiterated to Newcomb that ‘no contact means no contact.’

He set a date of Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. to discuss that motion and the three other remaining motions.

All parties also agreed to set a date of Aug. 5 as a deadline for filing pretrial motions.

Rita Newcomb is charged with obstruction of justice, perjury, and three counts of forgery.

Her final pretrial hearing was scheduled for June 14, but was continued and her trial was rescheduled for Oct. 21.

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Newcomb is the mother of Angela Wagner, whose husband, George “Billy” Wagner III and the couple’s sons, Edward “Jake” Wagner and George Wagner IV, are all charged with aggravated murder in planning and killing the Rhoden family on April 22, 2016.

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.

All were shot in the head, most several times, according to autopsy records.

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