Jake Wagner, accused of killing family of 8 on Ohio pot farm, pleads not guilty

The Ohio man accused of killing the mother of his daughter and seven members of her family with the help of his brother and parents pleaded not guilty to 23 counts on Tuesday.

Edward "Jake" Wagner, 26, was the first of his family to be arraigned in a Pike County court.

Authorities have said that a custody dispute between Wagner and his former girlfriend, Hanna Rhoden, was the motive behind the April 2016 killings of her and seven of her family members, including a teenager, on their marijuana farm.

Wagner; his parents Angela Wagner, 48; George "Billy" Wagner III, 47; and his brother, George Wagner IV, 27; all face aggravated murder charges and the possibility of the death penalty. The Wagners also face burglary, forgery and conspiracy charges.

Edward "Jake" Wagner faces an additional charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. The indictment said he and Hanna Rhoden had a relationship when he was 20 and she was 15. He is being held without bond, and the judge on his case ordered lawyers and authorities not to discuss details of the case with the media.

The elder George Wagner is due to be arraigned on Dec. 4, Angela Wagner on Thursday, and her other son is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

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This undated images released by the Ohio Attorney General's office, shows Edward "Jake" Wagner, one of four family members that has been arrested in the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago, authorities announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (Ohio Attorney General's office via AP)
FILE - These undated file images released by the Ohio Attorney General's office, show, top row from left, George "Billy" Wagner III and Angela Wagner, and bottom row from left, George Wagner IV and Edward "Jake" Wagner. The 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. (Ohio Attorney General's office via AP, File)
These undated images released by the Ohio Attorney General's office, show from left, George "Billy" Wagner III, Angela Wagner, George Wagner IV and Edward "Jake" Wagner. Authorities announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, that the family of four has been arrested in the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago. (Ohio Attorney General's office via AP)
Edward “Jake” Wagner appeared in court on Tuesday to be arraigned in connection with murdering eight people in a child custody feud. Wagner is one of four family members charged with the execution-style shooting deaths of seven members of the Rhoden family and a fiancée of one of the victims, Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
The Rhoden family of eight was killed April 22,2016 by gunfire at point-blank range, according to media reports.
In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 photo, a truck passes a sign for the election of Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader in Waverly, Ohio. The still-unsolved killing of eight members of the Rhoden family, an investigation overseen by Reader and the Ohio Attorney General's Office, has become an election issue for many voters in the rural southern Ohio county. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 photo, a porch is all that remains of the home on Union Hill Road after investigators removed the trailer where the bodies of Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden and Hannah Gilley were found on April 22, two of eight family members found shot to death that day in a still-unsolved crime, in Piketon, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 photo, a private property sign guards the boarded up garage on property on Union Hill Road near the trailer where the bodies of Dana Rhoden and her children, Chris Rhoden Jr., and Hanna Rhoden, were found on April 22, three of eight family members found shot to death that day in a still-unsolved crime, in Piketon, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
FILE - In this April 27, 2016, file photo, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, left, and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, right, discuss the slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family found shot April 22, 2016, at four properties near Piketon, Ohio, during a news conference in Waverly, Ohio. The office of DeWine released redacted autopsy reports Friday, Sept. 23 in the unsolved slayings of the seven adults and a teenage boy, confirming all but one victim was shot multiple times in the head. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE – In this May 3, 2016, file photo, mourners gather around caskets for six of the eight members of the Rhoden family found shot April 22, 2016, at four properties near Piketon, Ohio, during funeral services at Scioto Burial Park in McDermott, Ohio. The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released redacted autopsy reports Friday, Sept. 23, in the unsolved slayings of the seven adults and a teenage boy, confirming all but one victim was shot multiple times in the head. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE – In this May 3, 2016, file photo, hearses for six of the eight members of the Rhoden family found shot April 22, 2016, at four properties near Piketon, Ohio, depart during funeral services from Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio. A spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, that investigators are working under the theory it wasn't a single attacker, and The Columbus Dispatch reports Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader referenced the suspicion of multiple "killers" during a Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, court hearing related to custody of two of the three children who weren't harmed in the attack. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE - In this April 22, 2016, file photo, authorities set up roadblocks at the perimeter of one of four properties near Piketon, Ohio, where seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found shot to death, at the intersection of Union Hill Road and Route 32 in Pike County, Ohio. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said Tuesday, June 21, 2016, that more than two dozen investigators are focused on solving the slayings, but refused to reveal how much closer they might be to identifying suspects or a motive, saying they don't want to jeopardize the chance to convict whoever's responsible. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE – In this May 3, 2016, file photo, hearses for six of the eight members of the Rhoden family found shot April 22, 2016, at four properties near Piketon, Ohio, depart during funeral services from Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio. The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released redacted autopsy reports Friday, Sept. 23 in the unsolved slayings of the seven adults and a teenage boy, confirming all but one victim was shot multiple times in the head. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE – In this May 3, 2016, file photo, mourners gather around caskets for six of the eight members of the Rhoden family found shot April 22, 2016, at four properties near Piketon, Ohio, during funeral services at Scioto Burial Park in McDermott, Ohio. A spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, that investigators are working under the theory it wasn't a single attacker, and The Columbus Dispatch reports Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader referenced the suspicion of multiple "killers" during a Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, court hearing related to custody of two of the three children who weren't harmed in the attack. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE - In this May 3, 2016, file photo, mourners gather around caskets for six of the eight members of the Rhoden family found shot on April 22, 2016, on four properties near Piketon, Ohio, during funeral services at Scioto Burial Park in McDermott, Ohio. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said Tuesday, June 21, 2016, that more than two dozen investigators are focused on solving the slayings, but refused to reveal how much closer they might be to identifying suspects or a motive, saying they don't want to jeopardize the chance to convict whoever's responsible. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Mourners leave Scioto Burial Park after funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in McDermott, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourners leave Dry Run Church of Christ during funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. All eight were shot in the head, some had other gunshot wounds and bruising, and none of the deaths appeared self-inflicted, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourners leave Dry Run Church of Christ during funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. All eight were shot in the head, some had other gunshot wounds and bruising, and none of the deaths appeared self-inflicted, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Caskets are loaded into hearses as mourners gather outside Dry Run Church of Christ during funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. All eight were shot in the head, some had other gunshot wounds and bruising, and none of the deaths appeared self-inflicted, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourners arrive at Dry Run Church of Christ for funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. All eight were shot in the head, some had other gunshot wounds and bruising, and none of the deaths appeared self-inflicted, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Family members, including Leonard Manley, center, father and grandfather of several of the deceased, and mourners arrive at Dry Run Church of Christ for funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. All eight were shot in the head, some had other gunshot wounds and bruising, and none of the deaths appeared self-inflicted, authorities said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourners arrive at Dry Run Church of Christ as authorities provide security before funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four homes scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourners wearing shirts listing the names of the deceased arrive at Dry Run Church of Christ for funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four homes scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Six hearses depart from Dry Run Church of Christ during funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourners arrive at Dry Run Church of Christ for funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Leonard Manley, third from right, father and grandfather of several murder victims, stands outside Dry Run Church of Christ before funeral services for six of the eight deceased from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourners arrive at Dry Run Church of Christ amid heavy security for funeral services for six of the eight murder victims from Pike County, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in West Portsmouth, Ohio. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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