Lawyer of Ryan Widmer presses for fourth trial

CINCINNATI -- If his lawyer gets her way, Ryan Widmer will await a fourth trial while he serves a sentence for killing his wife.

Widmer's lawyer filed new documents with U.S. District Court, which contain "six assignments of error and a dozen grounds for relief," according to Dayton Daily News .

As it stands Widmer was ordered behind bars for 15 years to life, and is guilty of drowning his wife, Sarah Widmer, in their home's bathtub on Aug. 11, 2008. The first verdict was reached in April, 2009. Information presented in court convinced jurors that first responders found Sarah's body in the bathtub, and that it was left there long enough to dry. Only her hair was damp when responders got into the bathroom, Dayton Daily News said. 

That decision was overturned due to juror misconduct.‬ A second trial ended in a hung jury, as several jurors claimed there was lack of evidence to prove Sarah was forced underwater and held.

A third trial begun in January, 2011, when two mystery witnesses added a twist to the case. Jennifer Crew said in court that Widmer called her while he was intoxicated, and confessed to Sarah's murder. However, another woman, Melissa Waller said she spoke to Widmer minutes before that call, and he sounded content and sober.

The 150-page document drawn by attorney Michele Berry-Godsey a few days ago "outlined a host of allegations that Widmer’s Constitutional rights were violated throughout the protracted case, most have already been decided against by the 12th District Court of Appeals and the Ohio and U.S. supreme courts," Dayton Daily News said.

ADDITIONAL RYAN WIDMER TRIAL COVERAGE:

U.S. Supreme Court to hear second appeal from Ryan Widmer  
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Ryan Widmer appeal  
Ryan Widmer case: Five years later  
Ryan Widmer's mother found dead  
Ryan Widmer denied fourth trial  
Supreme Court declines Widmer appeal  
Court: Widmer will not get fourth trial

 

 

 

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