George Wagner IV arraigned in Pike County court Wednesday [Video from Associated Press]

Second Suspect In Pike County Family Killings Arraigned

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WAVERLY, OHIO — The second of four family members charged with killing eight people from another family in southern Ohio has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges.

George Wagner IV, 27, was arraigned on 22 counts Wednesday in Pike County court.

He’s being held without bond.

Wagner, his parents and his brother are charged in the 2016 shootings of seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family. An attorney who has represented the Wagners has said they’ll be vindicated.

Wagner’s brother, 26-year-old Edward “Jake” Wagner, pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Arraignments are scheduled Thursday for 48-year-old Angela Wagner and next week for 47-year-old George “Billy” Wagner III.

Authorities have suggested a child custody dispute was a possible motive.