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Final pre-trial hearing held for George Wagner IV

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 18:06:01-04

WAVERLY, Ohio — In his final pre-trial hearing before the trial begins for the murder of eight members of the Rhoden Family, George Wagner IV told the judge he was happy with his attorneys and feels he has adequate representation.

He has waived his right to a speedy trial, which gives his attorneys more time to prepare his defense. Waiving this right means his murder trial does not have to begin within 270 days of his arrest.

Prosecutors in the case have collected around 2 million pieces of evidence in the case.

Wagner IV, along with his mother, Angela Wagner, his father, George "Billy" Wagner III and his brother, Edward "Jake" Wagner, is facing the death penalty for the 2016 murders of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County, Ohio.

His Sept. 4 trial date has been continued until a later date.