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3rd of 4 suspects pleads not guilty in Ohio family slayings

November 29, 2018

FILE - These undated file images released by the Ohio Attorney General's office, show, top row from left, George "Billy" Wagner III and Angela Wagner, and bottom row from left, George Wagner IV and Edward "Jake" Wagner. The four members of the Wagner family have been charged in the slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in rural Ohio two years ago. (Ohio Attorney General's office via AP, File)

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — The third of four family members charged with killing eight people from another family has pleaded not guilty in a southern Ohio court, as her adult sons did previously.

Forty-eight-year-old Angela Wagner was arraigned Thursday in Pike County on 22 counts, including aggravated murder.

Like her sons, 26-year-old Edward “Jake” Wagner and 27-year-old George Wagner IV, she’s being held without bond. The court is prohibiting lawyers and authorities involved in their cases from publicly discussing it.

Wagner, her husband and sons are charged in the 2016 Rhoden family shootings. An attorney who has represented the Wagners has said they’ll be vindicated.

Her husband, 47-year-old George “Billy” Wagner III will be arraigned Tuesday.

Authorities say a possible motive was a custody dispute over Jake Wagner’s daughter with one of the victims.

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