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BREAKING: Ohio family of 4 charged with execution-style murders of 8 relatives on Pike County family farm

Four family members with close business and familial ties to the eight slain members of another Ohio family were arrested and charged for their murders, authorities announced Tuesday.

Per the Cincinnati Enquirer, Angela Wagner, 48, her husband, George “Billy” Wagner, 47, and their two sons, George Wagner IV, 27, and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 26, have all been charged for the April 2016 murder of eight members of the Rhoden family. The Wagners previously told the newspaper that they moved from Adams County, Ohio, to Kanai, Alaska, in June 2017 as speculation about their involvement in their deaths grew.

The Enquirer noted that Edward Wagner has a now-3-year-old daughter with Hanna Rhoden, one of the victims.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, eight victims—including a teen boy and girl—were found dead at four homes located on the Piketon property. The victims include the following: parents Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40, and Dana Rhoden, 37; their three children, Hanna Rhoden, 19, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, and Frankie Rhoden, 20; Frankie’s fiancee, Hannah Gilley, 20; the three children’s uncle, Kenneth Rhoden, 44; and the children’s cousin, Gary Rhoden, 38.

According to WLWT, an autopsy released in September revealed that most of the family was shot multiple times—with Christopher Sr. being shot nine times and Dana Rhoden suffering five gunshot wounds to the head.

Reports indicated that Giley’s then-5-day-old was found near her mother’s body. However, the newborn and two other children on the property were unharmed.

Details surrounding the recent arrests aren’t immediately known. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader and Pike County Prosecutor Robert Junk will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

This is a developing story. Be sure to check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available.

 

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