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Watch Live: Pike County Massacre Trial - OH v. George Wagner IV Day Eight

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  • Published on Sep 20, 2022
  • George Wagner, IV is standing trial for the April 2016 murders of eight members of the Rhoden and Gilley families. Wagner IV faces 22 counts including eight counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications, aggravated burglary, conspiracy, tampering with evidence and forgery.
    Wagner’s brother, Edward “Jake” Wagner, and his mother, Angela Wagner, have already pleaded guilty to taking part in the conspiracy to murder the eight Rhoden and Gilley family members over their desire to obtain full custody of the then two-year-old daughter Jake shared with victim Hanna May Rhoden. Angela and Jake Wagner have agreed to testify against their family members.
    George “Billy” Wagner, the father of Jake and George, faces the same 22 counts.
    On the morning of April 22, 2016, family members found Chris Rhoden, Sr., 40, and his cousin, Gary Rhoden, 38, dead in Chris’ mobile home on Union Hill Rd. Chris Sr.’s ex-wife, Dana Manley Rhoden, 37, and their children, Hanna May Rhoden, 19, and Chris Rhoden Jr., 16, were found shot in the head in their sleep in their mobile home down the road. Hanna May had given birth days earlier to a baby girl who was not harmed. Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 20 and his fiancee, Hannah "Hazel" Gilley, 20, were also found shot to death in their sleep. Their six-month-old son was in between them covered in blood but unharmed. Frankie’s four-year-old son was unharmed in the home as well.
    Kenneth Rhoden, 44, was found shot once in the eye in his camper on Left Fork Rd. more than seven miles away.
    Angela Wagner’s mother, Rita Newcomb, pleaded guilty in 2019 to a misdemeanor count of obstruction. She had been charged with forgery and obstruction of justice for lying about signing and notarizing custody documents related to Hanna May, Jake and George’s children. Newcomb has agreed to testify against her family members.
    Billy Wagner’s mother, Fredericka Wagner, was initially charged with obstruction of justice and forgery for allegedly lying about purchasing a bullet-resistant vest for Billy. The charges were dropped after it was discovered a plate in the vest was manufactured after the homicides. Prosecutors have said they may refile the charges at a later date. Fredericka has been subpoenaed to testify.
    The victims:
    Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40
    his ex-wife Dana Manley Rhoden, 38,
    their children Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, Hanna May Rhoden, 19, and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20,
    Christopher Sr.’s cousin Gary Rhoden, 38,
    Sr.’s brother Kenneth Rhoden, 44,
    and Frankie’s fiancée Hannah “Hazel” Gilley, 20
    The Wagners did it so they could get custody of the young daughter Jake had with his ex Hanna Rhoden, prosecutors said. Jake indeed won sole custody of the child, now 8, after the murders. The Wagners moved to Alaska. That all changed after authorities arrested them in November 2018, sparking a legal battle lasting almost four years.
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Comments • 68

  • A Wright
    A Wright 14 days ago +25

    The defense really doesn't want the jury to see the brutality of this case. Sorry they need to know that your client and his family not only obliterated a whole family, they left children in that nightmare. A newborn baby left trying to nurse from his dead mother should be an aggravating factor.

  • Justin G.
    Justin G. 14 days ago +10

    Can I submit a request? Can you PLEASE, PLEASE include a link to a trial's playlist in the description? So many times I will see "Such and Such trial Day 8" and think, "Oh man, I want to watch this from the start!" Then I go to the Playlist section and spend 20 mins scrolling through 100s of playlists, reading the descriptions, trying to find the one I am looking for. It would be SO much easier if there was a link in the description of every video for something like "Follow full trial: "

  • D Brown
    D Brown 14 days ago +8

    They're not going to fare well in prison. Not at all. So you got that going for you George. Killing innocent women with babies in arms will make people want to hurt you. Whether or not you pulled the trigger you were in on it.

  • Jerry Rutherford
    Jerry Rutherford 14 days ago +11

    At the pace this prosecutor is going the trial will last until Christmas

  • Mark Webster
    Mark Webster 14 days ago +11

    Massacred for Custody why do theses ppl think that way 😫 just go to court like anyone else does instead of destroying all these lives and there own bonkers man pure nuts

  • John Chaney
    John Chaney 14 days ago

    The ME has done a great job discussing the autopsies, but I think the defense should have objected to her testimony about the .22 caliber bullets that killed Hannah and some of the others. She said she believed they were .22 Long Rifle rounds, as opposed to a “regular” .22. Well, .22 Long Rifle ammo IS a regular .22. There are also .22 Short, Long and Magnum, but .22 LR is the most common these days by far.

  • Katrina Kefauver
    Katrina Kefauver 14 days ago +1

    why so many objections?????? Hannah Giley deserves to have her evidence admitted.....screw the defense

  • cm bs
    cm bs 7 hours ago +1

    Thank you for that nauseating panning to the images after the witness is done pointing to things. We almost had to suffer through seeing some evidence. This video of this trial is really terrible. Really.

  • Ashley Manning
    Ashley Manning 14 days ago +7

    Here's where I'm at: George shot Chris Sr. thru the door while he was on the phone, then George lost his nerve, and Jake and Billy took over. Chris Sr was shot only once with the high powered rifle, which George was in possession of (I believe according to Jake) and the other 8 shots came from two similar style guns.

  • Anne Wyatt
    Anne Wyatt 14 days ago +5

    Omg!!! Why can’t I see photos!!??? L&C are pathetic 😡 I don’t need protection from reddish brown stains thanks 😳 I remember Travis’ (Arias) photos. I chose to look or not 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️

  • Robyn Smeath
    Robyn Smeath 14 days ago +12

    I found myself becoming annoyed that prosecution felt it necessary to continually point out the trailer was cluttered. Dishes & clothes have nothing to do with the murders.if there was a struggle & these items were thrown about, I could see where this would be important.

  • Judy Baker
    Judy Baker Day ago +2

    A dirty house has nothing to do with cold nlooded murder

  • Janelle
    Janelle 14 days ago +3

    How many times with different people

  • Eric Alexander
    Eric Alexander 14 days ago +1

    Prosecutor sounds like Gym Jordan.

  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer S. 14 days ago +1

    Why does this attorney always sound like he halfway chuckles with alot of his statements. I noticed other day with the coroner or medical examiner, he chuckled at times that were very wrong

  • Anni
    Anni 14 days ago +4

    Totally irrelevant but does George appear to be napping? Actually that would annoy me as a juror, not much respect for jury, which they have to attend!

  • jakesgrl6378
    jakesgrl6378 Day ago

    No DNA!!

  • Jerry Rutherford
    Jerry Rutherford 14 days ago

    Oh, wow, the bra and shorts are crucial to this case😏

  • Kimberly Brown
    Kimberly Brown 14 days ago +2

    Ummm... that's all the female prosecutor says!! It's annoying

  • Patricia Cox
    Patricia Cox 14 days ago +3

    I hope wimpy Georgie BOY hates hearing all this. Which I doubt.