U.S. Supreme Court to hear second appeal from Ryan Widmer

Appeal to focus on DNA evidence request

‪CINCINNATI -- Ryan Widmer’s legal struggle has all come down to this -- a second appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Warren County man was found guilty of drowning his wife, Sarah, after three trials.

On Friday, the Supreme Court will discuss Widmer’s second and possibly final appeal over DNA evidence.

The justices have a conference scheduled to discuss the case and take a preliminary vote. However, a decision is not expected until later.

The appeal is over DNA tests of Widmer’s wife that were denied by a judge.

Widmer was convicted of drowning Sarah in the couple’s bathtub in 2008.

A jury found Widmer guilty of killing his wife in his first trial but that decision was overturned due to juror misconduct.‬ A second trial ended in a hung jury.‬

Widmer is currently serving 15 years to life in a state prison.

He previously lost four appeals in the Ohio Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court denied a previous appeal earlier this month.

Legal experts believe the second appeal being discussed today stands a better chance.‬ ‬

In Widmer's first Supreme Court appeal, it took one week for the justices to hand down a decision after discussing it in conference.‬

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