Prosecutors within the trial of George Wagner IV, one of many males accused of executing members of an Ohio household in 2016, referred to as a detective to testify Monday that Wagner might have been impressed to kill based mostly on scenes from his favourite movie sequence, The Boondock Saints.
Display grabs from the movies have been displayed in courtroom because the case’s lead investigator, Ryan Scheiderer, laid out parallels between the movies and the slaying of eight folks from the Rhoden household.
Jake Wagner, who has already pleaded responsible within the murders, testified in October that he watched The Boondock Saints to “psych himself up earlier than the killings,” reported FOX 19. Scheiderer made no point out of this assertion Monday, however prosecutors referred to it throughout a recess by which they satisfied Choose Randy Deering that Scheiderer’s testimony was related to the trial.
Scheiderer testified that the Wagner brothers dyed their hair to appear to be characters within the movie and that authorities consider they geared up their handguns with silencers to imitate the film characters.
Ski masks have been additionally allegedly utilized by the brothers and characters in The Boondock Saints, Scheiderer mentioned. And the detective confirmed off a photograph of George Wagner IV holding a Beretta pistol—the identical gunmaker because the handguns used within the movie sequence.
The protection repeatedly objected to statements all through Scheiderer’s testimony, however Deering rejected every one.
In Boondock Saints II, two brothers journey to Boston from Eire to clear their names and avenge a priest who was murdered by the mob. Scheiderer detailed a scene from the movie by which the fable “The Scorpion and the Frog” was mentioned, simply moments earlier than a father kills his finest pal with the assistance of his two sons.
Within the years earlier than the real-life Rhoden bloodbath, the Wagner and Rhoden households have been reportedly shut pals. Among the Wagner members of the family who’ve since been arrested even attended funerals for the victims they’re accused of killing, FOX 19 reported.
Scheiderer mentioned that similarity between the movie and the bloodbath probably was not a coincidence, including that after the killings George Wagner IV acquired a tattoo of a scorpion, which the detective instructed was a reference to the movie’s scene in regards to the fable.
In 2018, police arrested 4 members of the Wagner household: George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; his spouse, Angela Wagner, 48; and their sons George Wagner IV, 27, and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 26. Every of them confronted eight prices of aggravated homicide for which they could possibly be sentenced to demise, except for Jake Wagner, who took a plea deal.
The victims, all however one shot within the head whereas they slept of their houses, have been Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; his ex-wife Dana Manley Rhoden, 37; and the couple’s three kids, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16; Hanna Could Rhoden, 19; and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20.
Frankie Rhoden’s fiancée, Hannah Gilley, 20; Christopher Rhoden Sr.’s brother, Kenneth Rhoden, 4; and a cousin Gary Rhoden, 38, have been additionally murdered.
Authorities have mentioned a custody dispute between the households over a younger youngster was the motive for the bloodbath.
“That is simply essentially the most weird story I’ve ever seen in being concerned in regulation enforcement,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine mentioned at a press convention in 2018 to announce the arrests, including that the Wagner household had an “obsession” with custody and controlling kids linked to the victims.
Monday’s testimony by Scheiderer was preceded by protection witnesses for George Wagner IV. That testimony usually would come after the prosecution rested its case however was moved up in George Wagner IV’s trial as a result of witnesses wanted to return to Alaska, the place they reside.
Kelly Cinereski, a priest who oversaw a church the Wagner household attended in Alaska, mentioned the household was “looking for their relationship with the Lord” after they moved to the far-off state in 2017.
“I hoped that they might not have completed one thing like that—homicide,” Cinereski mentioned, including that the bloodbath was “evil” and “disgusting.”
The protection additionally referred to as a tattoo artist who did work for George Wagner IV to testify. The artist, Shawn Fisher, mentioned a tattoo of a cranium and eight ball he created was to cowl up a previous tattoo and that he had instructed the design. Some had beforehand instructed the tattoo was an emblem of the bloodbath of the Rhoden household, as eight folks died in complete.
4 others testified in protection of George Wagner IV on Monday however objected to having the general public current to listen to their testimony.
The case is now in its eleventh week, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The state is anticipated to wrap up its arguments on Tuesday by taking part in tapes from a wiretapped car the Wagner brothers rode in collectively in 2018, in accordance with the Legislation & Crime Community.