A FAMILY of eight have been the victims of consecutive murders when a killer broke into their home and ended their lives.
When police investigated the Rhoden family tragedy, they discovered that George Wagner was one of the killers responsible for all eight deaths.
Who is Georg Wagner?
George Wagner is one of the conspirators named in the string of deaths known as the Pike County shootings.
He knew the Rhoden family through his younger brother Jake, who has a daughter with the late Hanna Rhoden.
On April 22, 2016, Hanna’s aunt, Bobby Jo Manley, contacted local authorities when she encountered two of eight of the dead victims.
The victims included:
- Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40
- Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16
- Dana Lynn Rhoden (née Manley), 37
- Clarence Rhoden, 20
- Gary Rhoden, 40
- Hanna May Rhoden, 19
- Hannah Gilley, 20
- Kenneth Rhoden, 44
The deaths of all of the above victims were attributed to gunshot wounds to the head.
On November 13, 2018, George, his brother Jake, his father George Wagner III, his mother Angela and some of his other relatives were arrested in connection with the death of his niece’s maternal family.
At the time, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader released a statement, saying, “There was an obsession with being in control of the children.
“They did so quickly, coldly, calmly, and very carefully, but not carefully enough.”
It turns out that prosecutors George and Jake plotted the murders because of a custody battle involving Jake and Hanna’s daughter Sophia.
On September 12, 2022, the trial of the co-conspirator began.
What was George’s court verdict?
On November 30, 2022, George was found guilty of all 22 charges against him and eight counts of aggravated murder.
Weeks later, on Monday, December 19, he was sentenced to eight consecutive life sentences without prospect of parole.
He was also sentenced to an additional 121 years in prison.
Earlier in September 2021, his brother Jake was sentenced to eight consecutive life sentences without a chance of parole.
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