Family of four arrested in Ohio slayings


Six people have been arrested in connection to the killing of eight members of a Pike County family, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Tuesday.

 Eight members of the Rhoden family, seven adults and a teenage boy, were shot execution-style at four homes near Piketon, about 90 miles east of Cincinnati in rural Ohio, on the night of April 21st, 2016.

 “Thankfully, in their only show of mercy, the killers spared three children at the scenes – children then ages 3 years, 6 months and 5 days,” DeWine said.

 Those children were found alive inside of the homes when investigators found the eight bodies.

 Now, more than 2 1/2 years after the slayings, arrests have been made.

 In total, six people were arrested. Four are accused in the mass killing, and two are accused of covering it up. It was a family affair that spanned three generations, DeWine said.

 George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; Angela Wagner, 48; George Wagner IV, 27; and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 26, have been arrested in connection with the killings.

 They were longtime friends with the Rhodens — who lived in nearby Peebles, Ohio, at the time of the killings — before they moved to Alaska.

 DeWine said the Wagner family studied the Rhoden family members and plotted their deaths over the course of several months.

 “We believe that the Wagners conspired together to develop an elaborate plan to kill the eight victims under the cover of darkness, and then carefully cover their tracks,” DeWine said.

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