Charges dropped against Fredericka Wagner in Pike Co. massacre probe

Ohio

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped the charges against an Ohio woman accused of lying to a grand jury during an investigation into the fatal shootings of eight people.

A judge on Wednesday agreed to dismiss obstruction and perjury charges against 77-year-old Fredericka Wagner.

Wagner’s son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons are accused of killing eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016. All four have pleaded not guilty.

A state prosecutor said they’re continuing to investigate and still have the option of refiling charges against Fredericka Wagner.

Her attorney told the judge that she has maintained her innocence and had denied any involvement.

Prosecutors say Wagner lied after investigators found two bulletproof vests at her home.

Wagner’s attorney said she had receipts showing she bought the vests after the killings.

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