4 family members arrested for 2016 killings of eight members of another family

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/CNN) –Four suspects, a husband, wife and their two adult sons, have been arrested in connection to the murders of eight family members in Pike County, Ohio in 2016.

George Wagner III, George Wagner IV, Angela Wagner and Edward Wagner are currently in police custody. Two other family members are accused of trying to cover up the crimes, Rita Newcomb and Fredericka Wagner.

The Wagners had moved to Alaska, but George Wagner III was pulled over in Lexington, Kentucky. It’s unclear why he was there.

The Rhodens were found murdered on their family farm in April of 2016. Prosecutors say the Wagners were “meticulous” in plotting the deaths of the family and covering their tracks.

Authorities believe a custody battle played a part in the murders.

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