Ohio investigators followed Wagner in an unmarked pickup truck to an equine hospital near Lexington records show.
"They said he's wanted out of Ohio for eight murder warrants," a Kentucky state trooper dispatcher said to another dispatcher in a recorded phone call. "The silver Chevy with Ohio plates, he's parked down the road so he can see, but they're waiting for marked units before they approach."
Also charged are Billy Wagner's wife, Angela Wagner, 48, and their two sons, Edward "Jake" Wagner, 26, and George Wagner IV, 27. All pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty, if convicted.
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.
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 have 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.
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