Pre-trial hearing for youngest Wagner rescheduled to Oct. 29

Pre-trial hearing for youngest Wagner rescheduled to Oct. 29

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A two-day court proceeding for the youngest Wagner was scheduled for Monday, but it got pushed to October 29

Edward “Jake” Wagner sat silently throughout the proceeding, allowing his attorneys to state his case before Pike County common pleas judge Randy Deering.

Jake is charged along with three other family members - George “Billy” Wagner III and Angela Wagner and his brother, George Wagner IV - in the 2016 slayings of the Rhoden family.

“It’s the defense understanding that the state stands ready to agree that the facts uttered in defendant’s motion number 51 are an accurate statement,” said Jake’s attorney Gregory Myers.

Myers stated that his team wanted the transcript of the George Wagner bond hearing from August 31.

During the testimony in Aug., Angela Canepa, a special prosecutor for the case, questioned Ryan Scheiderer-the BCI lead agent who took the stand in Aug. during a pre-trial hearing for George IV.

When asked if he was aware that Hanna Mae (Rhoden) left Jake, he stated that they had several issues.

Scheiderer said:

  • “Hanna Rhoden made people aware that she was being assaulted.”
  • “She made comments as to the Wagner family as a whole being controlling.”
  • “She ultimately left Jake and ultimately conceived a second child with Charlie Gilley.”
  • “She told Jake and Angela that she was pregnant and that Charlie Gilley was the father and never tried to pretend that it was Jake’s baby.”

Scheiderer said that Hanna was asked by the Wagners to go to Alaska.

"In the months leading up to the homicides, Hanna made it “very clear” to Jake that they were not getting back together," said Scheiderer.

Scheiderer stated that Hanna sent private Facebook messages to Patricia, the ex-mother-in-law to George Wagner Jr., complaining about the Wagners.

“The theme of the conversation was basically, Patricia was telling Hanna, don’t let what happened to Tabetha happen to you. Keep fighting for your kid. Don’t give up your kid. Basically saying, don’t become another Tabitha.”

Scheiderer says that according to the evidence, Tabetha was married to George IV, and they lived with his family.

“She fled the relationship (after an argument with George), and there was a divorce with some child custody issues where ultimately she was forced to give up all control of her son to George. So she gave up all over her parental rights,” said Scheiderer.

Schneider says Hanna never wanted to sign the documents regarding their child. The text message reads: “I won’t sign papers, ever. It won’t happen. They will have to kill me first.”

Scheiderer told Canepa that the Wagners saw those messages on the same day they were sent in 2015.

He then said that four months later, the Rhoden family was murdered.

According to autopsy records, the entire Rhoden family were shot in the head April 22, 2016, most several times.

The victims in the massacre 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 the Wagners have pleaded not guilty.

Frustration has been growing due to several delays in the Pike County murder cases.

The Wagners have been in jail with no trial going on for two years.

“I want to know what’s taking so long to go trial. I want justice for my family,” said the sister and aunt of the Rhoden victims.

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