CINCINNATI, Ohio - Mark Krumbein, a Cincinnati criminal defense attorney, finds some statements made by certain Widmer jurors troubling.
One juror who spoke to the media said the fact that Ryan Widmer did not take the stand in his own defense was "bad."
This is worrisome says Krumbein, "I'm very concerned with what I've heard some of the jurors saying. One juror supposedly said, 'that they didn't get to hear Ryan's side of the story, is bad."
He questions whether the jurors grasped how they were to draw their conclusions.
"It shows that they might not understand that the burden of proof is completely on the state of Ohio. To some of these jurors Ryan Widmer had to prove his innocence. Which, of course, is not correct," explained Krumbein.
In one interview a juror said many felt Widmer had, "snapped." This, Krumbein says should rule out murder.
"If they truly believe he snapped I would think they should have found him not guilty of murder because with murder you have to have a specific intent to kill," said Krumbein.
Could any of these alleged misunderstandings or disregard for the judges instructions change what has already happened?
It would likely require sworn statements by jurors admitting to mistakes or willful disobedience and even then a possible fourth trial would be an extraordinarily remote possibility.
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