Judge revoke phone calls, letters privileges for Angela Wagner

Judge revoke phone calls, letters privileges for Angela Wagner
Angela Wagner appears in court for her role in the Pike County massacre. (Source: Schupp, Kim)

WAVERLY, Ohio (FOX19) - Angela Wagner can no longer make and receive phone calls or write and receive letters, Judge Randy Deering ruled Monday afternoon.

The only exceptions to his ruling are for Wagner’s defense team, investigators for the defense, and mitigation experts, Deering said.

Monday’s hearing heard 49 motions from Wagner’s attorney such as one that says the death penalty is unconstitutional.

He is expected to take matters under advisement and issue an opinion later.

This was Wagner’s first appearance in court since the first week of July.

Wagner, her husband, George “Billy” Wagner III, and their 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.

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

Last month, the judge expanded a no contact order for Angela Wagner’s mother, Rita Newcomb, reiterating she may not have contact with her.

Prosecutors have said in a motion Angela Wagner and her mother have been talking in violation of the court’s order. Newcomb also is charged in connection with the slayings. She is accused of obstruction of justice, perjury and three counts of forgery.

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