Man Kills Ex and Seven of Her Family Members:

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Ohio – 28 year old, Jake Wagner pleaded guilty of killing his ex-wife and seven of her family members. According to CBS News, “A man pleaded guilty Thursday in the murders of his child’s mother and seven members of her family in 2016 – a grisly crime that spread terror across their rural Ohio community and stirred rumors of drug dealers and hit men before authorities concluded it stemmed from a custody dispute.

On the fifth anniversary of the slayings, Edward “Jake” Wagner pleaded guilty to 23 counts in southern Ohio’s Pike County in a deal with prosecutors that spared him from being sentenced to death. He agreed to cooperate in the cases against his parents and brother, who are also charged in the Rhoden family slayings of seven adults and a teenage boy.”

“The victims were 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his ex-wife, 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; their three children, 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 16-year-old Christopher Jr., and 19-year-old Hanna, the mother of Jake Wagner’s child; Clarence Rhoden’s fiancée, 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; Christopher Rhoden Sr.’s brother, 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; and a cousin, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden.” (CBS News)

 

His charges include 8 counts of aggravated murder, charges of conspiracy, aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence, and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and other counts. According to CBS News,  “The killings in April 2016 – at three trailers and a camper near Piketon – terrified residents in the surrounding rural community and prompted one of the most extensive criminal investigations in state history. It took authorities more than two years to announce the arrests.”

According to New York Times, “Their bodies were found in several mobile homes and a camper in a sparsely populated area of Pike County in the southern part of the state. Each victim had been shot in the head.” Jake pleaded guilty to the murders on April 24th, 2021 and was sentenced to life in prison.