Pike County homicides: Family arrested

The victims were identified as 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden his ex-wife 37-year-old Dana Rhoden their three children 20-year-old Clarence

Rhoden Family Killings: Four People Arrested in Execution-Style Deaths of Eight People

Now, more than two years after allegedly committing the killings, George "Billy" Wagner III, his wife, Angela Wagner, and their two sons, George Wagner IV and Edward "Jake" Wagner, have been arrested.

Each suspect is facing eight counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications, as well as numerous other charges, including conspiracy, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence.

The family moved back to OH in the spring of 2018, DeWine said at the press conference.

"All eight victims were killed in cold blood".

The four Wagners "clearly have been the prime suspects for some time", said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. He added that the accused had carefully planned the murders for months. "They knew what they were doing". They also allegedly obtained and shared information about the physical layouts of the victims' properties, their habits and routines, sleeping locations, and countersurveillance devices present on their properties, including pets.

Three of the family's youngest members - a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old and an infant - were found unharmed at the scene of the murders.

Also arrested today were Angela Wagner's mother, Rita Newcomb, and Billy Wagner's mother, Fredericka Wagner.

"What solved this case was just hard tough police work day after day after day", DeWine said. "You can draw your own conclusions".

The victims were identified as Christopher Rhoden Sr., his ex-wife Dana Manley Rhoden, and their three children Hanna May, Christopher Jr. and Clarence "Frankie". Frankie Rhoden's fiancee, Hannah Gilley, 20 and Christopher Rhoden Sr.'s brother Kenneth Rhoden, 44 and cousin Gary Rhoden, 38 were also killed.

"Our patrol officers assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and he was located and taken into custody without incident", Lexington police spokesperson Brenna Angel said to our reporting partners at the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Readerand Pike County Prosecutor Robert Junk announced the arrests Tuesday afternoon.

Their presence in Alaska was learned after neighbors reportedly recognized them, after news reports about them being wanted for questioning were released.

Brad Conklin told Channel 2 in June of 2017 that he'd seen the Wagners the day before and told them to be aware of bears in the area.

"He said that he was gonna go out and get some decent shotgun shells for it 'cause that's all they have is a shotgun", Conklin said.

Authorities announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, that the family of four has been arrested in the slayings of eight members of one family in rural OH two years ago.

He added: "I just might tell you this is just the most freakish story I've ever seen in being involved in law enforcement". We're talking about arresting the people responsible for murdering eight people in this county. "It has been all-consuming".

Four members of the same family have been arrested and charged with the murders of eight members of another family amid a custody battle. Prosecutors say the legal process will be lengthy and an indictment is only the beginning of the case.

DeWine gave scant detail about why the victims were killed, but said the custody of a young child played a role.

A lawyer representing the family says the family will be vindicated. Investigators scrambling to determine who targeted the Rhoden family and why had conducted over 130 interviews and processed over 100 pieces of evidence and 550 tips, while getting assistance from more than 20 law enforcement agencies.

Clark insisted on the family's innocence on Tuesday. The family, consisting of a couple and their adult sons, were charged with the deaths of the Rhoden family and Hannah Gilley, the attorney general said.

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