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Father of one of eight family members executed in Ohio questions how killers got past dogs

April 27, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Father of one of eight family members executed in Ohio questions how killers got past dogs

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As police continued to investigate last week’s gruesome execution-style murders of the family of eight in Piketon, Ohio last week, the father of a victim is wondering how the killer or killers managed to get past his daughter’s two dogs.

Leonard Manley’s daughter and three grandchildren were among the eight members of the Rhoden family murdered on Friday in Piketon, Ohio located 60 miles south of Columbus.

In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Manley questioned how the perpetrator of the murders made it past his daughter’s pit bulls, who were not unharmed.

“Somebody had to know them dogs,” Manley said.

Autopsy results revealed that all eight victims died of multiple gunshot wounds last Friday.

Among the victims included Manley’s 37-year-old daughter, Dana Rhoden, and her three children — Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16; Hanna Rhoden, 19 and 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden.

The bodies of Dana Rhoden’s ex-husband Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40 and his brother. Kenneth Rhoden, 44; their cousin, Gary Rhoden, 38; and Hannah Gilley, 20, were found in various homes on the properties.

Gilley’s six-month-old son she had with Clarence “Frankie” Roden was not harmed.

Manley told the Enquirer his daughter’s body was discovered by her younger sister, Bobby Jo Manley. “She doesn’t sleep; she’s not eating. She’s pretty busted up.”

Manley rejected any notion that his daughter had involvement in anything illegal amid the discovery of marijuana operations and possible cockfighting at three of the four crime scenes.

Police investigators are probing whether the murders could be related to the marijuana growing operations and possible Mexican cartel involvement.

“They are trying to drag my daughter through the mud, and I don’t appreciate that,” Manley told the newspaper. “If they say she was mixed up in this, I would call them a liar and escort them off.”

The newspaper asked Manely about the marijuana growing operations, which he replied: “I don’t know anything about that.”

Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk told the Columbus Dispatch the murders were a “pre-planned” execution and said authorities were familiar with the family for various reasons, including altercations with people, that sort of thing, but Nothing like this,” he added.

Police have made no arrests and law enforcement officials haven’t said whether they have identified any suspects.

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