Arrest made related to 2016 rural Ohio slaying of family of 8
By Jennifer Cruz
A relative of the eight family members who were brutally murdered in a rural Ohio town last year was charged with two felonies in a Pike County court Wednesday.
James Manley, 40, turned himself in Tuesday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He faces charges of Tampering with Evidence and Vandalism, both felonies, for destroying a $300 GPS device that was placed on his truck as part of the ongoing investigation into the April 22, 2016, murders of the Rhoden family members.
“The charges Manley faces are not uncommon when a witness destroys such a device used in a government investigation,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in a statement.
Manley is the older brother of Dana Manley Rhoden, who was one of the eight victims. No other arrests have been made in relation to the case and public details surrounding the investigation have been scarce.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation authorized the decision last month to place the tracking device on Manley’s truck. The warrant detailing the decision remains sealed and Dan Tierney, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s office, confirmed the records will not be released.
However, Manley’s father, Leonard Manley, who has openly criticized investigators and accused authorities