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The primary jury trial within the shooting deaths of eight members of a single Ohio household greater than six years in the past has been delayed for per week.
Opening statements within the trial of 30-year-old George Wagner IV had been scheduled to start Tuesday in Pike County Courtroom. However a courtroom submitting Monday mentioned the proceedings have been delayed till Sept. 12 as a result of sickness of somebody concerned.
Wagner might face the demise penalty if convicted within the 2016 slayings of the Rhoden household close to Piketon in southern Ohio. A 12-person jury with six alternates was chosen final week in county courtroom in Waverly, about 65 miles south of Columbus.
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Authorities say the shootings of seven adults and a teenage boy stemmed from a dispute over custody of a child that George’s brother, Jake Wagner, had with Hanna Rhoden, one of many victims. George Wagner’s dad and mom and his brother, Jake, had been additionally charged.
Jake Wagner pleaded guilty last year, admitting to killing 5 of the victims. His plea was a part of a cope with prosecutors that spared him from being sentenced to demise. Wagner’s mom, Angela Wagner, additionally pleaded responsible to serving to plan the slayings. Jake and George’s father, George “Billy” Wagner III, has pleaded not responsible.
The Wagners spent months planning the killings motivated by the custody dispute, prosecutors have alleged.