Ohio Attorney General seeks dismissal of federal Ryan Widmer appeal

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is requesting a US District Court judge deny a fourth trial for Ryan Widmer.

In February, a pro-bono attorney for Widmer submitted an appeal requesting the Warren County man’s 2011 state court conviction for killing his wife be overturned.

The office of Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a 134-page reply Monday requesting a denial of Widmer’s defense request, according to the Journal-News .

Widmer was found guilty of drowning his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of their home in 2008. The 2011 conviction was Widmer’s third trial in the case.

He was initially found guilt in 2009. That conviction was overturned after the state learned some jurors conducted their own experiments into the drowning and shared those findings with fellow jurors.

A second trial in 2010 ended in a hung jury.

The state filing addressed the six assignments of error and more than a dozen grounds for relief outlined in the 150-page defense document.

Much of the defense’s arguments centered around former lead detective in the case Jeff Braley, who was charged with forging education and work history on some of his police credentials, the Journal-News reported.

Much of the submitted state’s argument argues the state court’s decisions in the case takes precedents over any possible federal court decision.

Read the full Journal-News report of the state’s decision here.

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