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Law&Crime Network published this video item, entitled “George Wagner Hearing – Pike County Massacre” – below is their description.
The April, 22 2016 murders of the Rhoden family were, in no uncertain terms, an execution. Eight victims were found dead in three trailers and a camper. They were identified as 38-year-old Dana Manley Rhoden, 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr., 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 19-year-old Hanna May Rhoden, 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden Jr., 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden, and 38-year-old Gary Rhoden. Clarence’s 20-year-old fiancée Hannah “Hazel” Gilley was also killed.
Autopsy results reportedly showed that all but one of them were shot multiple times in the head.
It took over two years for authorities to say they had suspects: George Wagner III, wife Angela Wagner, and their sons George Wagner IV and Jake Wagner.
But Hanna Rhoden lives on in a way: through the daughter she had with Jake Wagner. The couple had reportedly broken up months before the murders. A member of the victim family told WLWT in a 2018 report that defendant Jake tried to get his ex to grant parental rights. Wagner sought custody after the deaths.
Angela Wagner’s mother Rita Newcomb and George IV’s mother Fredericka Wagner were also charged with allegedly trying to cover up the murders. Newcomb pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of obstruction last December, saying she could not lie anymore. In June 2019, prosecutors dropped charges against Fredericka Wagner, who insisted on her innocence.
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