Nice photo link in your post, a photo to tape on their cell wall. Wonder who took the photo?I shall shorten this up a bit....
Wednesday, March 15th:
*Status Conference Hearing (@ 2pm ET) - OH - Pike County 8 people dead: Christopher Rhoden, Sr. (40), his ex-wife, Dana Manley Rhoden (37), their three children, Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden (20), Christopher Jr. (16), Hanna Mae (19); Frankie's fiancée, Hannah Hazel Gilley (20), Christopher Rhoden Sr.'s brother, Kenneth Rhoden (44), & a cousin, Gary Rhoden (37). Hanna Rhoden's baby girl (5 days old), another baby (6 mos.) and a young child (3) were unharmed. (April 21-22, 2016, Pebbles) - *George Washington "Billy" Wagner III (47/now 51) (name changed (11/5/86) from William Emmanuel) (Jake’s father) indicted (11/12/18), arrested (11/13/18), charged (11/15/18) & arraigned (12/4/18) with 8 counts of aggravated murder, (plus gun specifications on each), 1 count of 1st degree conspiracy, 4 counts of 1st degree aggravated burglary, 1 count of 5th degree unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance, 3 counts of 3rd degree evidence tampering, 1 count of 5th degree forgery, 1 count of 5th degree unauthorized use of computer or telecommunications, 1 count of 4th degree interception of wire, oral or electronic communication, 1 count of 4th degree obstructing justice, 1 count of 1st degree engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Plead not guilty. Held without bond. DA will seek the DP.
Trial was tentatively scheduled on 10/3/22 has been continued, no further dates available yet, but authorities believe it will not start until 2023. Presiding Judge R. Alan Corbin.
Number of shots fired at each victim (Det. Scheiderer: We know the three calibers of firearms that were used to commit these murders. a 22 caliber long rifle, a 40 caliber, and a 30 caliber) & court hearings from 12/4/18 thru 12/2/22 reference post #659 here:
12/29/22 Update: Next pretrial hearing on 1/18/23 @ 1pm.
1/18/23 Update: Judge Deering talked about his retirement coming up 2/8/23. Rob Junk will be new judge, will ask Ohio Supreme Court for a new visiting judge. Will choose a successor judge. Michael Davis is new assistant prosecuting attorney. Andy Wilson appointed to a new state office, unable to participate. Will probably have one or two new people on the case. Because of necessity to appoint new people, no point in setting new dates for this case. Some time in February new dates can be set. Ask defense if its ok - they agree, are ok with it. Something about client wanting a change of venue. Will wait until later. Nothing from state, all ok. Asking Billy routine questions about meeting with his attorneys, all ok. Adjourn. Counsel for GW3 announced that it was their intention to file a supplementary motion for change of venue.
1/23/23 Update: Judge Deering is retiring on 2/9/23 so GW3 case has been put on indefinite hold. 1/24/23: Entry changing rate of compensation for special prosecutor Angela Canepa. Filed & mailed copies to Counsel. 1/25/23 Update: Journal entry: Pretrial hearing on 1/28/23; Counsel for the defendant announced to the Court that it was the intention of the defense to file a supplementary motion for change of venue; in view of the fact that the Judge currently presiding over this action is retiring, with his last day in office being 2/8/23 & that the Judge=Elect will succeed the current Judge in office is the County prosecuting attorney who has prosecuted this action. It was agreed by the parties that further hearings in this action, as well as the trial should be scheduled before a visiting Judge to be appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court. 1/27/23: Journal Entry: Order regarding protection & decorum of proceedings filed & mailed copies.
2/7/23: Motion for appointment of special prosecutor attorney filed by Robert Junk. Entry appointing Angela Canepa as special prosecutor filed. 2/9/23: On Thursday, the Pike County Commissioners appointed Michael A. Davis as the Interim Pike County Prosecutor to replace Junk in that office.
2/16/23: Journal entry of recusal. Rob Junk, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Pike County recuses himself from presiding as Judge in this action for the reason that said Judge's impartiality might reasonably be questioned due to serving as prosecuting attorney & having direct involvement in the case.
2/27/23: Certificate of assignment. The Honorable R. Alan Corbin, a retired Judge of the Brown County Court of Common Pleas, general & domestic relations division, is assigned effective 2/7/23 to presiding in the Pike County Court of Common Pleas to hear this case. 2/28/23 Update: Next status conference hearing on 3/15/23 @ 2pm. Judge Brown has about 20 outstanding motions to decide following the retirement of Judge Deering, including possible change of venue. 2/28/23: Order: Scheduling status conference for 3/15/23 @ 2pm. Warrant for removal from Butler Co. Jail for status conference. 3/1/23: Amended warrant for removal from Butler Co. Jail on 3/15/23.
*George Washington Wagner IV (27/now 31) – Guilty of all charges on 11/30/22 & sentenced on 12/19/22 to 8 Life sentences without the possibility of parole to run consecutively for the murders plus 121 years on other charges. Appeal filed 1/26/23.
*Angela Jo Wagner (48/now 52) – 9/10/21: Plead guilty to a plea deal to Counts 9 thru 22; Counts 1-8 were dismissed. Will be sentenced to 30 years in prison with no early release & has to testify against others at trial.
*Edward Jacob “Jake” Wagner (26/now 29) – Plead guilty (4/22/21) to all charges & will testify at the trials & will be sentenced after GW3 trial.
*Rita Jo Newcomb (65/now 70) – Motion hearing on 12/2/19 entered a plea of guilty to all charges. Will testify at the trials.
*Fredericka Carol Wagner (76/now 80) – 6/26/19: Charges were dismissed without prejudice.
FWIW, I remember hearing Jake say that while testifying during GW4's trial. There was a delayed reaction, then everyone realized that was different from what Jake had said before.I was catching up on the podcasts and it looks like Jake claimed on the stand that Billy did shoot Frankie after Jake did, according to the reporting from the Piketon Massacre podcast
Probably the closest to a smile as I have seen him.