ATTORNEY GENERAL: Eight People Murdered was “pre-planned execution”

5PM SUNDAY: Attorney General Mike DeWine said Sunday that the slayings of eight family members in rural southern Ohio “was a pre-planned execution” and he expects the investigation will be lengthy.

The Friday killings at four different homes near Piketon was “a sophisticated operation,” DeWine said at a news conference in the small community that has been on edge since the seven adults and one teenage boy were found shot in the head.

“This was very methodical. This was well planned. This was not something that just happened,” said Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, saying most were targeted while they were sleeping.

Authorities have been scrambling to determine who targeted the clan and why. Investigators have interviewed more than 30 people in hopes of finding leads in the deaths.

Names and pictures of the 8 victims: click here.


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