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Grandmas Allegedly Connected To Murder Of Family Released On Bond

Posted at 1:54 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 14:02:18-05

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) — The second of two Pike County, Ohio, grandmothers charged with obstruction and perjury in the Rhoden family murders was released Tuesday from the Pickaway County Jail on $50,000 bond.

According to CNN affiliate WXIX, Rita Newcomb is out of jail in the case.

Newcomb, the mother of murder suspect Angela Wagner, is now on house arrest.

Along with charges of obstruction and perjury, Newcomb is accused of forging custody documents involving her 4-year-old granddaughter, whose father is a member of the Wagner family and mother was a member of the Rhoden family.

“Billy” Wagner, 47, his wife, Angela Wagner, 48, and their two grown sons, George Wagner IV, 27, and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 26, each are charged with eight counts of aggravated murder with the possibility for the death penalty.

Photos courtesy of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office.

Fredericka Wagner, the mother of George “Billy” Wagner III, has also been released on house arrest.

The Wagners are accused of killing seven members of the Rhoden family, plus the fiancée of one of the Rhoden victims, at four different Pike County homes.

Killed were: Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40, his ex-wife Dana Manley Rhoden, 37, and their three children, Hanna May Rhoden, 19, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20. Frankie Rhoden’s fiancée, Hannah “Hazel” Gilley, 20, was also killed, along with the elder Christopher Rhoden’s brother Kenneth Rhoden, 44, and cousin Gary Rhoden, 38.

Photo courtesy of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office.