Throughout the arraignment, Ryan Scheiderer, an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation special agent and one of three targets in a revenge plot allegedly discussed by the Wagners if any were individually arrested, occasionally stared at Wagner III.
At the defendant’s table were Wagner III’s Columbus-based attorney, Mark Collins, and an entourage of fellow attorneys and private investigators, including Jim Longerbone, a former Columbus police detective.
Collins declined comment pending the finalization of a gag order, but said uncharged Wagner relatives might be made available for comment in the future.
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Last week, Wagner III’s wife, 48-year-old Angela Wagner, and their two sons, Edward “Jake” Wagner, 26, and George Wagner IV, 27, each pleaded not guilty to the same 22 counts, including eight counts of aggravated murder which carry the possibility of the death penalty upon conviction.
Jake Wagner also pleaded not guilty to allegations of unlawful sexual conduct with Hanna Rhoden, one of the murder victims with whom he fathered a child.
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Also charged in connection to the case are Billy Wagner’s mother, Fredericka Wagner, 76, and Angela Wagner’s mother, Rita Jo Newcomb, 65. Both pleaded not guilty to accusations they lied to a grand jury and helped cover up the killings. Newcomb additionally pleaded not guilty to forgery charges.