Suspect in Pike Co. shootings waives extradition, will return to Ohio


A suspect in the 2016 slaying of eight family members has agreed to return to Ohio following his arrest in Kentucky.

George “Billy” Wagner III was arrested after being found in a horse trailer in Lexington Tuesday. The 47-year-old Wagner waived his rights to an extradition hearing in a brief appearance Wednesday in Lexington district court.

Wagner is one of four members of his family charged with aggravated murder and other counts for the 2016 shooting deaths of eight members of the Rhoden family in a rural Ohio community.

One of Wagner’s sons, who is also charged, had a daughter with Hanna Rhoden, one of the slaying victims.

Authorities have suggested a custody dispute over the girl as a possible motive for the killings.

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