WAVERLY, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – Five years to the date of the Rhoden family killings in southern Ohio and with no resolution to the legal cases up to this point, 28-year-old Jake Wagner entered a plea agreement to eight counts of aggravated murder yesterday, sparing him the possibility of the death penalty.
Three other Wagner family members face similar charges in the April 22, 2016 killings that left the eight family members dead in four different locations in Pike County.
The Columbus Dispatch says the plea hearing was not even on the Pike County court docket until moments before the hearing took place.
The county prosecutor says the younger Wagner agrees to cooperate in the cases against his parents and older brother.
Jake Wagner was at the center of the dispute between the families.
They were fighting for custody of his and Hanna Rhoden’s then-infant child.
Hanna was one of the eight killed.