Billy and Angela’s mothers, Fredericka Wagner and Rita Newcomb, were charged with obstructing justice and perjury.
While many in Pike County believed the case would go unsolved, Fulton knew the answers would come eventually.
“I was expecting it to come, but I didn’t know when,” he said. “It was just great news to know they had finally made the arrests and that the closure could really come.”
The announcement capped a two-year investigation into the deaths of Hanna Rhoden, Dana Manley Rhoden, Christopher Rhoden Sr., Christopher Rhoden Jr., Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, Hannah Gilley, Kenny Rhoden and Gary Rhoden.
Fulton said that the arrests were a relief for the Manley family.
“They could go to bed last night knowing that the perpetrators were in jail.”
Though a motive hasn’t been announced, investigators said custody issues between a suspect and victim who shared a child played a role.
“Jake was very good friends and was really close to this family until the custody battle came up,” Fulton said. “Why this set them off is the mystery to me. Why you’d murder eight people because you wanted full custody over a little girl. It just blows my mind.”
Though the case is far from over, the pastor hopes that the arrests means justice is coming for the victims and their families.
“The Rhoden family can finally rest assured that their family members will have justice,” Fulton said.
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