The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to hear Ryan Widmer's bid for a fourth trial in the 2008 bathtub drowning of his wife.
An appeals court has ruled not to grant a fourth trial for Ryan Widmer, 9 On Your Side confirmed Monday morning.
Ryan Widmer's attorneys announced Thursday they plan to take his case to the Ohio Supreme Court.
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Ryan Widmer, 30, who stands trial for the 3rd time, is accused of murdering his wife, Sarah in August 2008. Conviction was overturned due to jury misconduct in 1st trial and 2nd trial resulted in a hung jury.
Sarah (Steward) Widmer, 24, worked as a dental hygienist in Fort Thomas, Ky. She died in the couple’s home at 5250 Crested Owl Court in Hamilton Twp., Ohio on Aug. 11, 2008.
Jay Clark and Lindsey Gutierrez served as defense counsel for Widmer in his 2nd trial. Charles Rittgers is serving as counsel for Widmer for the first time. His father represented Widmer during Widmer’s 1st trial.
Asst. Prosecutor Travis Vieux and 1st Asst. Prosecutor John Arnold prosecuted Widmer in the 1st and 2nd trial and will return for the 3rd.
The Hon. Neal Bronson has presided over all three trials. On April 29, 2010 the judge issued a Gag Order to all involved with the case.
Jennifer Crew is no stranger to the courts, but this time she's a witness rather than a defendant.
Experts said Lt. Jeff Braley lied on his job app, but that won’t come up in this trial because the judge ruled against questioning him about it.
Forensic pathologist testified in 1st two trials that the cause of death was drowning, but that no one can determine the manner of death; and testified that bruising on her head, neck was brought on by CPR.
Russell Uptegrove conducted an autopsy on Sarah Widmer's body. He ruled the cause of death: drowning.
Widmer Trial in Photos
Ryan Widmer's third trial led to a guilty conviction.
Several people make up the 3rd murder trial for Ryan Widmer, who is accused of murdering his wife Sarah in 2008. The key people include: the accused, the victim, the attorneys, witnesses and the lead detective.
On April 19, 2008 Sarah and Ryan Widmer were married. On Aug. 11, 2008 Sarah died at their Hamilton Twp., home. Ryan is currently on trial for the 3rd time for the drowning death of Sarah.