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Angela Wagner makes brief court appearance in Pike County massacre case

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Posted at 10:38 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 22:38:25-04

WAVERLY, Ohio — One of the four family members charged in the Pike County massacre was back in court Friday afternoon, but not for long.

Angela Wagner gave two-word answers to two questions from Judge Randy Deering in another prelude to her murder trial.

Judge: "Mrs. Wagner, a few questions. Are you seeing your attorneys here as often as you feel you should seeing them?"

Wagner: "Yes, Sir."

Judge: "And are you seeing them as often as you want to be seeing them?'

Wagner: "Yes, Sir."

That was it from Wagner.

Wagner is facing 22 felony charges including eight counts of murder in connection with the shooting of eight members of the Rhoden family in 2016. Prosecutors say Wagner, her husband and two sons planned the execution-style murders for months so that her son Jack Wagner could have sole custody of the daughter he shared with one of the victims, Hanna Rhoden.

The judge set a deadline of Sept. 16 to hear oral arguments on 49 motions, including a request for a change of venue. All four suspects have pleaded not guilty.

Wagner waved her right to a speedy trial earlier this year.