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

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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.

READ MORE: Edward ‘Jake’ Wagner pleads not guilty to 23 counts in Rhoden family homicides

READ MORE: Second murder suspect in Pike County massacre pleads not guilty

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