Suspect in Rhoden family murders seeks solitary confinement

George Wagner IV appears in court (WBNS-10TV)
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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — One of four family members charged with killing eight people from another family in Ohio wants solitary confinement in the jail where he's being held.

Twenty-seven-year-old George Wagner IV, his parents and brother have pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in the 2016 shootings of seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family in Pike County.

Wagner's attorneys told a Pike County judge last week he wants solitary confinement to read the Bible and "do the things that he likes to do."

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Wagner is in Ross County's jail. The judge and prosecutor agree that where to place Wagner there is up to that county's sheriff.

A message was left for the sheriff Monday.

Authorities have suggested a child custody dispute as a possible motive in the slayings.

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