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Eldest Wagner son to return to court in October for motion hearing in Pike County Massacre case

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 11:40 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 3:31 PM EDT
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PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - The eldest Wagner son will be returning to court in Oct. for another hearing in the Pike County Massacre case.

George Wagner IV appeared in court Monday for a motion hearing. According to the judge a court reporter did not show up so therefore, the motion hearing got pushed to Oct. 25.

In 2016, eight members of the Rhoden family were found dead the morning of April 22.

Prosecutors say Wagner, 51, her husband, George “Billy” Wagner III, 50, and their two grown sons planned the execution-style murders for months so one of them, Edward “Jake” Wagner, could have sole custody of the young daughter he shared with one of the victims, Hanna Mae Rhoden, 19.

George and his father, George “Billy” Wagner III, have pleaded not guilty. His brother Edward “Jake” pleaded guilty to eight counts of aggravated murder and other charges.

Special Prosecutor Angie Canepa his mother Angela pleaded guilty to conspiracy to on gun charges. Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk says that she pleaded guilty to several counts of aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence, and other charges as part of a plea deal.

In June, the prosecution agreed to hand over tapes that include several hours of interviews that they did with Jake before they came to terms with a plea agreement.

His attorney was supposed to receive the tapes on Aug. 2.

Judge Randy Deering gave the defense at least 60 days to review the interviews.

He also set a trial date for June 2022.

All of the Wagners have been held at separate Ohio jails since their arrests in Nov. 2018.

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