Eldest Wagner son charged in Pike County massacre hears first testimony in court

                          Lead detective talks about actions of George Wagner IV in Rhoden trial

                          CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The eldest Wagner son charged in the Pike County massacre appeared in court Monday and heard the first testimony on the Pike County massacre case.

                          George Wagner IV was in court for a motion hearing.

                          George along with three other family members George “Billy” Wagner III and Angela Wagner and his brother, Edward “Jake” Wagner, were charged in the April 2016 slayings of the Rhoden family.

                          During Monday’s court hearing, Special Agent with the Ohio Bureau of Investigation Ryan Scheiderer, was the first person to testify against George.

                          Scheiderer says his team has ballistic evidence, shoe prints, forged documents, recorded conversations and text messages on George.

                          He says shoe prints were found in the blood on the floor of the crime scene. He also described ballistic evidence, including shell casings found throughout the house from .40 caliber, .30 caliber and .22 caliber guns used to shoot the victims.

                          Scheiderer says there are over 8,000 recorded statements and interviews from George. He says George said that there were no child custody issues over a young child Jake Wagner and Hanna Rhoden had together, a motive authorities have said led to the slayings.

                          Back in July of 2019, George was in court to find out when his trail was going to begin.

                          Due to the amount of evidence in the case, George’s trial start date was pushed back by the judge.

                          His mother, Angela, made an appearance in court on June 24.

                          Deputy Attorney General Carol O’Brien filed motions on June 19 in all four suspects’ cases notifying the court agents the Bureau of Criminal Investigation would continue its work, but the office no longer will provide prosecutors to assist Pike County.

                          The victims in the Pike County massacre are Christopher Rhoden, 40; his older brother, Kenneth Rhoden, 44; his cousin, Gary Rhoden; his former wife, Dana Lynn Rhoden, 37, and their children: Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20, Hanna Mae Rhoden, 19, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, and Frankie’s fiancé, Hannah Gilley.

                          All were shot in the head April 22, 2016, most several times, according to autopsy records.

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