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Judge Declines To Dismiss Charges Against Relative Of Suspects In Rhoden Family Slayings

Mar 29, 2019

Fredericka Wagner
Credit chillicothegazette.com

A judge has rejected a request to dismiss charges against a woman accused of lying to authorities investigating the 2016 killings of eight Rhoden family members in Pike County. 

The ruling means 76-year-old Fredericka Wagner will remain on house arrest pending a trial in late July. Wagner's son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons have pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Wagner lied to investigators after they found two bulletproof vests at her home. Wagner's attorney says she bought the vests after the killings to protect her family and that she initially didn't remember where she got them online. She has pleaded not guilty to obstruction and perjury charges.