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George Wagner III Last Family Member Charged In Pike County Murders

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Fayette County Sheriff's deputy Corey Boston held the door as George "Billy" Wagner III entered Fayette County District Court in Lexington, KY.

A man charged in the slayings of eight people from another family in southern Ohio has pleaded not guilty days his wife and two adult sons did the same.

Forty-seven-year-old George "Billy" Wagner III acknowledged the 22 counts against him but said little else Tuesday in Pike County court. Authorities discovered and arrested Wagner in Lexington, Ky. last month, then brought him back to Ohio to be jailed.

The Wagners are charged in the 2016 shootings of seven adults and a teenager from the Rhoden family. An attorney who has represented the Wagners has said they'll be vindicated.

Twenty-six-year-old Edward "Jake" Wagner, 27-year-old George Wagner IV and 48-year-old Angela Wagner are being held without bond. The court is prohibiting lawyers and authorities involved from publicly discussing their cases.

Authorities have suggested a possible motive was a custody dispute over Jake Wagner's daughter with one of the victims.