Crime Grandmother charged in Pike County massacre case agrees to plea deal

23:20  02 december  2019
23:20  02 december  2019 Source:   wlwt.com

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READ MORE | Pike County Massacre . Rita Newcomb, 66, withdrew her plea of not guilty in Pike County Common Pleas Court and entered a plea of guilty to an She was accused of forging custody documents related to the case and then lying about it to a grand jury and to investigators.

Newcomb has pleaded not guilty to the charges . Prospective jurors lined the first-floor hallway of the Pike County courthouse Monday morning as jury Deering issued a “non-disclosure” order in the case . Neither Gerlach nor Canepa would comment on any developments Monday or whether a plea

Rita Newcomb has agreed to a plea deal in connection with the 2016 Pike County massacre.

  Grandmother charged in Pike County massacre case agrees to plea deal © Provided by WLWT Cincinnati

Newcomb, 66, will be found guilty of obstructing justice in connection with the case, a misdemeanor.

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All other charges have been dropped.

She was initially charged with forgery, perjury and obstructing justice.

The charges are linked to the execution-style slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016.

Newcomb is the mother of murder suspect Angela Wagner and grandmother of two more suspects, George and Jake Wagner. Angela's husband, Billy Wagner, is also charged with murder.

Newcomb is accused of forging custody documents for the baby of Jake Wagner and one of the victims, Hannah Mae Rhoden.

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