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Last of 4 suspects pleads not guilty in Ohio family slayings

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    George "Billy" Wagner is seen in an undated photo provided by the Butler County, Ohio, Jail. Wagner, a suspect in the 2016 slaying of eight family members, is back in Ohio, Monday after being arrested in Kentucky.

    BUTLER COUNTY JAIL VIA AP

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    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

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    George Wagner IV walks into the courtroom at the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment Nov. 28, in Waverly. Wagner, his parents and his brother are charged in the 2016 shootings of seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family.

    ROBERT MCGRAW / THE CHILLICOTHE GAZETTE VIA AP, POOL

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    Angela Wagner is escorted by deputies into court for her arraignment at the Pike County Courthouse on Thursday in Waverly, Ohio. Wagner, her husband and sons are charged in the 2016 Rhoden family shootings.

    ROBERT MCGRAW / CINCINNATI ENQUIRER VIA AP, POOL

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    Edward "Jake" Wagner enters the courtroom for arraignment at the Pike County Courthouse on Nov. 27 in Waverly. The first of four family members charged with the 2016 shootings of seven adults and a teenager from the Rhoden family has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in the potential death penalty case. Wagner acknowledged the 23 counts against him but said little else. He is being held without bond.

    ROBERT MCGRAW / THE CHILLICOTHE GAZETTE VIA AP, POOL

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WAVERLY — A man charged in the slayings of eight people from another family has pleaded not guilty in southern Ohio days after his wife and two adult sons did the same.

Forty-seven-year-old George "Billy" Wagner III acknowledged the 22 counts against him but said little else Tuesday in Pike County court.

The Wagners are charged in the 2016 shootings of seven adults and a teenager from the Rhoden family. An attorney who has represented the Wagners has said they'll be vindicated.

Billy Wagner was held without bond, as were 26-year-old Edward "Jake" Wagner, 27-year-old George Wagner IV and 48-year-old Angela Wagner.

Their lawyers and authorities involved are prohibited from publicly discussing their cases.

Authorities have suggested a possible motive was a custody dispute over Jake Wagner's daughter with victim Hanna Rhoden.



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