Last of 4 suspects pleads not guilty in Ohio family slayings

Last of 4 suspects pleads not guilty in Ohio family slayings

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(Butler County Jail via AP). George "Billy" Wagner is seen in an undated photo provided by the Butler County, Ohio, Jail. Wagner, a suspect in the 2016 slaying of eight family members, is back in Ohio, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 after being arrested in Kent... (Butler County Jail via AP). George "Billy" Wagner is seen in an undated photo provided by the Butler County, Ohio, Jail. Wagner, a suspect in the 2016 slaying of eight family members, is back in Ohio, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 after being arrested in Kent...
(Ohio Attorney General's office via AP, File). FILE - These undated file images released by the Ohio Attorney General's office, show, top row from left, George "Billy" Wagner III and Angela Wagner, and bottom row from left, George Wagner IV and Edward ... (Ohio Attorney General's office via AP, File). FILE - These undated file images released by the Ohio Attorney General's office, show, top row from left, George "Billy" Wagner III and Angela Wagner, and bottom row from left, George Wagner IV and Edward ...
( Robert McGraw/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, Pool). Angela Wagner is escorted by deputies into court for her arraignment at the Pike County Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 in Waverly, Ohio.  Wagner, her husband and sons are charged in the 2016... ( Robert McGraw/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, Pool). Angela Wagner is escorted by deputies into court for her arraignment at the Pike County Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 in Waverly, Ohio. Wagner, her husband and sons are charged in the 2016...
(Robert McGraw//The Chillicothe Gazette via AP, Pool). George Wagner IV walks into the courtroom at the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 in Waverly, Ohio.  Wagner, his parents and his brother are charged in the 201... (Robert McGraw//The Chillicothe Gazette via AP, Pool). George Wagner IV walks into the courtroom at the Pike County Courthouse for his arraignment on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 in Waverly, Ohio. Wagner, his parents and his brother are charged in the 201...
(Robert McGraw/The Chillicothe Gazette via AP, Pool). Edward "Jake" Wagner enters the courtroom for arraignment at the Pike County Courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 in Waverly, Ohio.  The first of four family members charged with the 2016 shootings ... (Robert McGraw/The Chillicothe Gazette via AP, Pool). Edward "Jake" Wagner enters the courtroom for arraignment at the Pike County Courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 in Waverly, Ohio. The first of four family members charged with the 2016 shootings ...

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) - A man charged in the slayings of eight people from another family has pleaded not guilty in southern Ohio days after his wife and two adult sons did the same.

Forty-seven-year-old George "Billy" Wagner III acknowledged the 22 counts against him but said little else Tuesday in Pike County court.

The Wagners are charged in the 2016 shootings of seven adults and a teenager from the Rhoden family. An attorney who has represented the Wagners has said they'll be vindicated.

Billy Wagner was held without bond, as were 26-year-old Edward "Jake" Wagner, 27-year-old George Wagner IV and 48-year-old Angela Wagner.

Their lawyers and authorities involved are prohibited from publicly discussing their cases.

Authorities have suggested a possible motive was a custody dispute over Jake Wagner's daughter with victim Hanna Rhoden.

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