Edward “Jake” Wagner has waived his right to a speedy trial through October 2021 in the Rhoden Family massacre case in Pike County.
During the hearing on Tuesday his attorneys expected to argue against ballistic and shoe print evidence, however, Prosecutor Angie Canepa said the defense is not entitled to a hearing on those issues.
The defense also objected to Andy Wilson, an advisor to Gov. Mike DeWine, serving as a special prosecutor on the case. Wagner’s attorneys said this created a conflict because Wilson may advise DeWine on policy issues related to the public defender’s office.
Wilson argued that he’s not communicating with the governor other than dates and the judge promised to rule on the issue soon.