Mother charged in massacre probe wants charges dismissed

Fredericka Wagner
Posted at 2:26 PM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-17 14:26:39-04

PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for a woman facing charges in connection to an Ohio family massacre are seeking dismissal of obstruction and perjury charges against her.

Seventy-six-year-old Fredericka Wagner's son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons pleaded not guilty to the 2016 slayings of eight Rhoden family members in Pike County.

Wagner pleaded not guilty to charges against her. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports her attorneys filed a motion Friday to dismiss those charges. The newspaper reports Wagner testified she bought two bulletproof vests after the shootings through Amazon, but investigators found no purchase records of the vests they suspect Wagner's family wore during the slayings.

Wagner now says she bought them on eBay.

An Ohio Attorney General's Office prosecutor says she couldn't comment on the filing.