Widmer denied delay in appeal

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - The 12th District Court of Appeals has ruled that Ryan Widmer's appeal of his third trial must move forward, even though his attorneys are waiting for the trial judge to rule on their most recent request for a new trial.

Attorneys for the 31-year-old Widmer wanted the appeals court to halt its proceedings until Judge Neal Bronson rules on if there will be a fourth murder trial.

Widmer's most recent request for a fourth trial is based on new evidence defense attorneys say they have collected in the case, including false employment records for the former lead detective, Jeff Braley.

The district court of appeals set Dec. 12 as the deadline for briefs to be filed on the appeal of the February 2011 verdict.

Widmer was found guilty of drowning his wife, Sarah, in their Hamilton Township home. He told the 911 dispatchers she fell asleep in the bathtub in August, 2008.

A jury convicted Widmer in his first trial. However, that verdict was thrown out due to juror misconduct. 

His second trial ended in a hung jury.

Widmer was found guilty in his third trial and sentenced to 15 years to life. He is being held in the Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon.

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