Crime A 31-Year-Old Man Was Found Guilty Of Murder In The Massacre Of A Family In Pike County, Ohio
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A man was found guilty of murder Wednesday in the massacre of a Pike County, Ohio, family that prosecutors said he helped plan and cover up with his brother and parents.
George Wagner IV, along with his brother, Edward "Jake" Wagner, and parents Angela Wagner and George "Billy" Wagner III, was firstin connection with the 2016 massacre in Pike County of the Rhoden family. The victims were found dead in three mobile homes and a camper, shot in the head " " while some were still in their beds. Three babies, during the rampage but left unharmed.
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On Wednesday, a jury took less than eight hours to convict the 31-year-old on eight counts of aggravated murder and all of the other charges he faced, including conspiracy, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity in relation to the 2016 killings,.
Prosecutors allege that George and his family plotted to kill the Rhoden family over a custody argument between his younger brother and one of the victims: Hanna Rhoden, who had a daughter with Jake Wagner.
In addition to Hanna Rhoden, the victims were her parents, Christopher Rhoden Sr. and Dana Manley Rhoden, her uncle Kenneth Rhoden, her siblings, Christopher Rhoden Jr. and Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, Frankie's fiancé Hannah Gilley, and a cousin, Gary Rhoden.
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Both Wagner brothers, George and Jake, as well as their parents, Angela and Billy, were charged in the killings.
George was the first of his family to go on trial for the massacre.
Prior to his brother's conviction on Wednesday, Jake hadin 2021 to shooting five of the victims, including the 19-year-old mother of his child, and agreed to testify against George and their parents in a deal to help the family potentially avoid death sentences. (Last week, the judge for George.)
Jake alsohis and George's father, Billy, in the other three murders.
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Their mother, Angela, alsoin 2021 to helping to plan the murders and said that it was her husband, Billy, who came up with the idea to kill the whole Rhoden family.
In George's trial, AngelaJake had wanted to kill his child's mother, Hanna, and that in order to avoid a revenge attack, Billy said that the rest of Hanna's family had to be murdered.
Billy Wagner has pleaded not guilty and will face
The prosecution argued that George accompanied his brother and father when they drove to the locations of the murders, went inside with them, and helped Jake move two bodies.
During the trial, George testified that he didn't know anything about his family's involvement in the murders, even though his mother and brother had already testified that he was involved.
A prosecutorthat not only did George know what was going to happen, but that he also participated in the plans to murder the family. According to prosecutors, the Wagner family had planned the killings for months.
When the Wagners were arrested, Mike DeWine, then the attorney general of Ohio and no governor of the state, said that the familiesthe Rhoden family's routines and knew the layout of their homes.
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George was not accused of shooting anyone, and prosecutorsthat though he wasn't the one who pulled the trigger, he was "complicit" because he "knew what was going to happen" and knew "what they were going to do," and thus he "aided and abetted them," WKBN reported.
His sentencing hearing is
Both Jake and Angela Wagner have yet to be sentenced following their guilty pleas.
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Third Ohio relative convicted in 2016 murders of 8 members of rival family shot execution-style at their homes .
A third Wagner relative was convicted in the 2016 Pike County massacre in Ohio that left eight members of the rival Rhoden family killed in their homes over an alleged custody dispute.George Wagner IV, 31, was found guilty of all 22 counts he faced in southern Ohio’s Pike County, including eight counts of aggravated murder in the 2016 shootings of seven adults and a teenager from the Rhoden family at three mobile homes and a camper about 95 miles east of Cincinnati in April 2016.