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Pike County Massacre Suspect Jailed Back In Ohio

Attorney General Mike DeWine flanked by Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.
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Attorney General Mike DeWine flanked by Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.

A suspect in the 2016 slaying of eight family members is back in Ohio, after being arrested in Kentucky.

Butler County jail records in southwest Ohio show George "Billy" Wagner III was booked at 5:45 a.m. Monday. He was arrested November 13 after being found in a horse trailer in Lexington. Wagner, 47, waived his rights to an extradition hearing.

He's among four members of his family charged with aggravated murder and other counts for the shooting deaths of eight members of the Rhoden family in a rural Ohio community.

One of Wagner's sons, who also is charged, had a daughter with Hanna Rhoden, one of the slaying victims.

Authorities have suggested a custody dispute over the girl as a possible motive for the killings.