Edward "Jake" Wagner appears in Pike County for pretrial hearing

Edward Jake Wagner (WBNS 10TV)

WAVERLY, Ohio — Edward "Jake" Wagner appeared in Pike County court Thursday for a pretrial hearing.​​

Wagner was the first of four family members charged with killing eight people from another Ohio family. He has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in the potential death penalty case.

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During his arraignment, Wagner acknowledged the 23 counts against him. Wagner is currently being held without bond.

His parents and brother are also charged in the 2016 shootings of seven adults and a teenager from the Rhoden family.

Authorities say a custody dispute was a possible motive. Jake Wagner shared a daughter with one of the victims.

The judge says he's prohibiting lawyers and authorities involved from publicly discussing Wagner's case.

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