Defense attorneys are able to object to evidentiary items one final time. What is officially admitted will be available to the jury during their deliberation.
During the hearing, defense attorneys can also request the evidence prosecution entered be examined to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to obtain a conviction. If the evidence is found to be insufficient, defense attorneys can request their client be acquitted of the charges.
Wagner — along with his mother Angela, father George “Billy” Wagner and brother Edward “Jake” Wagner — is accused of shooting and killing the Rhoden family members “execution-style.” The family’s bodies were found on April 22, 2016. He faces eight charges of aggravated murder, along with other charges associated with tampering with evidence, conspiracy and forgery.
Angela and Jake Wagner took plea deals and both testified in George Wagner’s trial. Billy Wagner faces trial down the road.
Found dead that day were 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr., 37-year-old Dana Rhoden, 20-year-old Hannah “Hazel” Gilley, 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden Jr., 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 37-year-old Gary Rhoden, 19-year-old Hanna May Rhoden, and 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden.
The trial is the first time a person has faced a jury for the deaths of the Rhoden family six years ago.