2 women charged in connection to Rhoden family murders appear in court

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Two women charged in connection to the Rhoden family murders appeared in court Thursday for pre-trial hearings.

Last month, 65-year-old Rita Newcomb was released from Pike County Jail after posting a $50,000 bond. Fredericka Wagner, 76, was released after posting a portion of her $100,000 bond. They are the mothers of two suspects in the killings, and the grandmothers of the other two.

Wagner's attorney says she was falsely accused and asked for a transcript of the hours of testimony in front of the grand jury. That testimony included what prosecutors say was a lie, which was a statement surrounding the purchase of two bulletproof vests found in her son's room of her residence.

View Fredericka Wagner's appearance below:


In Newcomb's pre-trial, she asked for more freedom during her house arrest to visit her mother, which the prosecutors resisted.

Both have pleaded not guilty to felony charges of obstructing justice and perjury and are under house arrest.

Four members of the Wagner family have been charged in the slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in rural Ohio two years ago. All six members of the family have been ordered to not have any contact with each other directly or indirectly.

View Rita Newcomb's pre-trial hearing:

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