Relative to have no calls with suspects in Rhoden family massacre

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Bookmark our Rhoden family shootings: Murder trials for Wagner family members page for live coverage from all Wagner family court appearances. George Wagner IV is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing and scheduling conference on January 21, 2020. George Wagner III is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on February 11, 2020.

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A judge says the mother of a woman charged in an Ohio family’s slaying must stop talking with her jailed daughter and have no phone calls with her or three other relatives charged in the case.

The mother, 66-year-old Rita Newcomb, isn’t charged in the 2016 slayings of eight people from the Rhoden family but pleaded not guilty to forging documents in a related matter.

Prosecutors argued Newcomb violated conditions of her own house arrest by discussing the case with her jailed daughter, Angela Wagner, in taped phones conversations this summer.

A Pike County judge last week decided against revoking bail and jailing Newcomb but told her to have no more calls with her relatives charged in the shootings : her daughter, son-in-law and two adult grandsons.

They’ve pleaded not guilty.

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