Royal Oak Tribune

Closing arguments in trial in 2016 slayings of 8


WAVERLY, OHIO » Closing arguments are scheduled for the Monday after Thanksgivi­ng in the trial of a man charged in the 2016 slayings of eight current and prospectiv­e members of another family in southern Ohio.

Prosecutio­n and defense both rested their cases Friday for the Pike County trial of George Wagner IV. The 31-year-old took the stand earlier in the week to deny having had any knowledge of a plot to kill the victims and to say that he would have taken action to prevent the slayings had he known about such a plan. In April 2016, seven members of the Rhoden family and the fiancee of one member were shot to death in several different locations.

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