Ryan Widmer denied a fourth trial by the Ohio Supreme Court
WCPO Digital Staff
10:43 AM, May 22, 2013
3:11 PM, May 22, 2013
CINCINNATI - The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday denied Ryan Widmer's appeal of last year's ruling by the state's 12th District Court of Appeals, denying him a fourth trial in the death of his wife, Sarah.
The 12th District appeals court in January rejected a separate appeal focused on a detective's alleged misconduct and lack of testing of his wife's remains for a possible genetic disorder.
Widmer's attorney, Michele Berry contend that police improperly removed the couple's bathtub from their home as evidence. Prosecutors responded that the argument had no legal merit.
"It's disappointing that the Ohio Supreme Court didn't recognize Ryan's right to DNA testing to prove that no crime occurred in this case," Berry said of the ruling. "But with the court's decision today, all the issues are ripe for federal review, and we're anxious to move forward with that next step. We have just filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the use of unreliable junk science to allegedly identify a male forearm mark in the bathtub and the illegal seizure of the tub from the Widmer home. So the decision today is far from the end of the roads Ryan's case involves strong issues that warrant his conviction be overturned. We're confident in that, and we'll move forward relentlessly until he's free."
Widmer is serving 15 years to life for a 2011 murder conviction in which he drowned his wife in their home's bath tub.
In the first trial, Widmer was found guilty of murder, but the decision was later thrown out because of juror misconduct. The second trial ended in a hung jury and the third trial sentenced him to 15 years to life in prison.