George ‘Billy’ Wagner returns to court for Pike County massacre charges

George 'Billy' Wagner returns to court for Pike County massacre charges
Updated: Apr. 5, 2021 at 1:38 PM EDT
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PIKE CO., Ohio (FOX19) - George “Billy” Wagner III, charged in the Pike County massacre, was back in court Monday.

He’s charged along with three other family members - George Wagner IV and Angela Wagner, Edward “Jake” Wagner - in the 2016 slayings of the Rhoden family.

The eight members of the Rhoden family were killed in execution-style murders.

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.

The judge granted Billy’s request for a special hearing on the expert analysis of the evidence the prosecution claims was conducted on ballistic and shoe print evidence at the crime scenes.

Mark Collins says his client, Billy, becomes frustrated at times with the court proceedings and it showed Monday.

Monday’s ruling will delay these proceedings even further.

The expert evidence witnesses have flown in four times and testify separately for each of the four Wagner defendants.

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All of the Wagners have pleaded not guilty and have been held at separate Ohio jails since their arrests in November 2018.

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