'Piketon Family Murders': When Is Jake Wagner's Next Court Appearance? Ex-Boyfriend Of Slain Hanna Rhoden Scheduled to Appear In Final Pre-Trial Hearing

The story of the Rhoden family massacre remains a chilling, unsolved crime. Eight members of the same family were shot "execution-style" on the same night in April 2016, in four separate locations. Months of investigations led to no arrests or even tips regarding possible suspects, until November 2018. Four members of the Wagner family were arrested on multiple charges, including planning and executing the murders of several members of the Rhoden family.

George "Billy" Wagner III; Angela Wagner, and their two sons were all charged with planning and executing the murders of several members of the Rhoden family. All four suspects pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Oxygen recently revisited arguably the most shocking case in the state of Ohio, but where are the members of the Wagner family now? The most recent court appearance was the Wagner patriarch on Friday. Billy's hearing was mainly "procedural" for the judge before his next court appearance, slated for May 29, according to a WXIX-TV report.

Another member of the Wagner family member has a court appearance on the docket. The ex-boyfriend of slain Hanna Rhoden, Jake Wagner, has a hearing scheduled for Thursday. The 26-year-old and the other Wagner family members could face the death penalty if convicted, according to Cinncinati.com.

Along with eight counts of capital murder, the Wagners also face charges that include conspiracy and tampering with evidence. Jake's charges also allege he purchased various items including a net that attaches to a gun to collect spent shell casings, ammunition, and items to build a silencer.

The 26-year-old's court appearance this week will be the last of the pre-trial hearings for the Wagner family.

The 2016 massacre claimed the lives of Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 40, his former wife Dana Rhoden, and their three children: Clarence Rhoden, 20, Hanna Rhoden, 19, and Christopher Rhoden, Jr. Among the victims were also Christopher's older brother, Kenneth Rhoden, 44, their cousin Gary Rhoden, 38, and Frankie Rhoden's fiancee Hannah Gilley.

While the case remains open, a popular theory for the motive behind the murders was a heated custody battle between Jake and Hanna's daughter Sophia. The theory has not been proven, but prior to the killings, Hanna was given full custody of the four-year-old.

Forged custody documents were also allegedly found, according to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the state's attorney general at the time of the massacre. It isn't clear what information the documents contained, but they later led to the arrest of Angela's mother, Rita Newcomb, on perjury charges.

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