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2nd woman freed after arrest related to family massacre

November 21, 2018

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — The second of two women charged with misleading authorities investigating an Ohio family massacre has been released from jail.

Prosecutors have said the two women are accused of lying to a grand jury but haven’t offered any specifics. They are the mothers of two suspects in the killings, and the grandmothers of the other two.

On Tuesday, 65-year-old Rita Newcomb was released from Pike County Jail after posting a $50,000 pond.

Last week 76-year-old Fredericka Wagner was released after posting a portion of her $100,000 bond.

Both have pleaded not guilty to felony charges of obstructing justice and perjury.

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.