Judge: Pike County grandmother Rita Newcomb must stop calls to imprisoned relatives

Rita Newcomb Court Aug. 28
Posted at 10:40 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 08:11:27-04

Rita Newcomb, whose daughter, son-in-law and grandsons each stand charged with eight counts of murder, could be jailed if she continues making phone calls to discuss their legal defense in their upcoming trials.

According to prosecutors, Newcomb had been calling her imprisoned daughter, Angela Wagner, despite a court order not to do so.

Although not directly implicated in the execution-style killings of eight members of the Rhoden family, Newcomb faces charges of perjury, forgery and obstructing justice for allegedly helping her own family members evade arrest.

Prosecutors urged Judge Randy Deering to revoke Newcomb’s bond and jail her over the calls Wednesday afternoon. He declined but warned her: If the communications continue, he will.

Newcomb’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 21 in Pike County.