Massacre Victim’s Brother Charged
WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — State authorities on Tuesday charged the brother of one of the eight relatives slain in an unsolved massacre with tampering with evidence and vandalism over the destruction of a GPS tracking device they placed on his truck.
The state attorney general’s office accused James Manley of destroying the device being used in the investigation of the slayings.
The charges “are not uncommon when a witness destroys such a device used in a government investigation,” the attorney general’s office said.
Manley, of Peebles, is the brother of victim Dana Rhoden. His phone is disconnected, and online court records don’t list an attorney for him. His father, Leonard Manley, told the Cincinnati Enquirer his son would turn himself in.
Seven adults and one teenage boy from the Rhoden family were slain in April 2016. They were found shot at four homes near Piketon, 70 miles south of Columbus. Three children were found unharmed.
Investigators put a tracking device on a truck driven by James Manley, according to a search warrant obtained by the newspaper from Leonard Manley.
The search warrant indicated that investigators believe the truck was used in connection with an aggravated murder or by a person intending such a crime, but it doesn’t specify a connection to the Rhoden homicide investigation and doesn’t name James Manley as a suspect, the newspaper reported.
An agent with the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation placed the device on James Manley’s truck on April 22, according to his arrest warrant, timestamped Tuesday.