Mothers charged in massacre probe want house arrest changed

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — The mothers of a husband and wife charged in an Ohio family massacre are asking a judge to lessen the terms of their house arrest.

Both of the women are charged with lying to a grand jury as part of the investigation into the killings of eight members of the Rhoden family in rural Ohio two years ago.

They’ve pleaded not guilty to felony charges of obstructing justice and perjury.

Attorneys for 76-year-old Fredericka Wagner asked a judge Thursday if she could be allowed to leave her home so she could go to church.

She also wants to visit a home for developmentally disabled adults that she founded.

Attorneys for 65-year-old Rita Newcomb says she wants to be able to go her farm to take care of her horses and dogs.

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