Trial for grandmother facing charges in Pike County massacre pushed back

Updated: Oct. 7, 2019 at 3:33 PM EDT
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PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - The trial of the remaining grandmother facing charges in the Pike County massacre that killed eight members of the Rhoden family in April 2016 has been pushed back approximately 30 days.

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

Her trial was originally scheduled for Oct. 21, but during Newcomb’s final pretrial hearing Monday Judge Randy Deering agreed to postpone the trial to ensure the availability of one of the investigators.

A new trial date will be announced pending the approval of the prosecuting and defense attorneys.

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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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