Two suspects in Rhoden family massacre appear in court

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WAVERLY, Ohio (WCMH) — Two members of the Wagner family were in court Tuesday.

George Wagner III and his adult son, Edward Jacob Wagner, are two of the four people accused in the 2016 murders of eight members of the Rhoden family.

Edward Wagner’s hearing consisted of the judge setting deadlines for the prosecution and defense, as the trial approaches.

George Wagner III’s hearing largely consisted of both sides arguing the merits of 41 motions filed by the defense.

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His attorney said he intends to file at least one more motion, arguing for a change of venue in the case.

“We did not file a motion for change of venue at this point in time,” said Wagner’s attorney Mark Collins. “Again, that’s premature in terms of when the order comes out, things of that nature, so at some point in time, we’ll be filing that at the appropriate time.”

Several members of the Rhoden family were in the courtroom, as well.

Many of them wore shirt wishing Chris Rhoden Sr. a happy birthday. Rhoden would have turned 44 Tuesday.

Watch George Wagner III’s hearing in the video above.

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