- Oct 31, 2008
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New judge Corbin now on the bench. Remember he was appointed after previous Judge Deering retired, and then former prosecutor and new Pike Co judge Rob Junk recused himself because of conflict issues.
Corbin says he has a lot to catch up on and get up to speed since he was just recently appointed.
Billy Wagner the last of the family to face justice. Youngest son Jake pleaded guilty as did Billy's wife Angela Wagner. Oldest son George IV was found guilty last year of all charges and got life without parole.
Judge points out Billy still faces death penalty - that's only off the table if and when Jake Wagner testifies against his father.
Corbin: "death is different" and would take much longer if death specs will remain.
Going to schedule hearings on three main motions - change of venue, "other acts" (criminal actions by Billy not associated with trial - they were allowed in George's) and whether Billy's interview at border can be played.
Talking about after September for the final two motions. He's going to tackle defense request to change venue first ... but not set date yet. Says it's going to take time to prepare - actual trial not until early 2024.
Still need to transcribe thousands of pages of transcripts for George's trial as well.
It almost sounds like defense has something about the DP that they want to discuss with state.
It would be great if they could come up with a fair plea deal, but I doubt Billy will be very cooperative. It sounds like he still wants the DP off the table. It makes you wonder if he believes he can get an acquittal after GW4 was found guilty.