Women deny charges in relation to 2016 Ohio massacre

Two women pleaded not guilty today to charges of misleading authorities investigating a gruesome Ohio family massacre that went unsolved for more than two years.

Fredericka Wagner, 76, and Rita Newcomb, 65, face felony charges of obstructing justice and perjury for impeding a massive investigation that began when seven adults and a teenage boy were found shot in the head at four separate rural Ohio homes in April 2016.

Newcomb is also charged with forgery.

A county judge set bond at $100,000 US dollars for Wagner and $50,000 US dollars for Rita Newcomb during afternoon court appearances.

If released, both would be placed on house arrest and monitored by electronic anklets.

Three days ago, police arrested a family of four in the slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family.

George "Billy" Wagner III, 47; his wife, 48-year-old Angela Wagner; and their sons, 27-year-old George Wagner and 26-year-old Edward Wagner, face aggravated murder charges and numerous other counts that carry the possibility of a death sentence if they're convicted.

An attorney representing the family has said they will be vindicated.

Fredericka Wagner is the mother of Billy Wagner. Rita Newcomb is the mother of Angela Wagner.

Rita Newcomb, left, and Fredericka Wagner. Authorities announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, that the two women have been arrested for impeding the investigation into the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago. (Ohio Attorney General's office via AP)
Rita Newcomb, left, and Fredericka Wagner. Source: Associated Press