Brother of victim in unsolved Ohio massacre appears in court

Witness charged with tampering with evidence in Pike County murders

Manley was jailed after turning himself in on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a brother of a Rhoden family member has been charged with destruction of a G-P-S device as part of the investigation.

Manley's father and wife told BCI agents Monday that Manley found the Global Positioning System and smashed it on the sidewalk. It stopped operating April 28, according to a request for an arrest warrant signed by Lewis.

"James Thomas Manley did unlawfully, on or about the 28th day of April, 2017, at the County of Pike and State of OH, knowing that an official proceeding or investigation is in progress, or is about to be or likely to be instituted, alter, destroy, conceal, or remove any record, document or thing with objective to impair its value or availability as evidence in such proceeding or investigation, in violation of Section 2921".

In overnight hours of April 21 and 22 in 2016, eight people were shot to death in four homes near Piketon in rural southern Ohio.

The charges do not implicate James Manley in the deaths, nor does the warrant name him as a suspect in the deaths of his sister, her ex-husband and their three children and three other family members.

The warrant says agents went to Manley's house Monday to provide notice of the court order authorizing the device. Or it was in the "possession of another person with the intent to use the vehicle as a means of committing a crime".

Law enforcement have accelerated the investigation that has had no major public breakthroughs in almost a year, marking the Rhoden family massacre as one of the most prolific unsolved cases in the nation.

Leonard Manley said his son recently bought the truck and it is not the same truck his son owned the day of the killings just over a year ago.

" Friday, May 12: A multi-agency team searched at least two locations - a farm and a business - in Adams County, Ohio, near Pike County". The truck was purchased for $200 with 227,793 miles on it, the state record said.

No plea was required to be entered, and there will be a preliminary hearing on May 22.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Attorney General Mike DeWine have threatened arrests in the case if they believed doing so would help find the killers of the Rhoden family. However, Manley's father Leonard Manley told police his son discovered the Global Positioning System on April 28 and removed it, according to court documents. One of the victims of the slaying, Hanna Rhoden, had a 2-year-old daughter named Sophia Wagner with a man named Jake Wagner, but it was not immediately clear if Edward Jacob Wagner and Jake Wagner are the same individuals. There remains a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and a conviction in the case.

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