Attorney: Lead detective in Widmer trial resigned to avoid 'pre-disciplinary hearing'

LEBANON, Ohio - The lead investigator in the Ryan Widmer murder case, under fire for inaccuracies in his job application, avoided a pre-disciplinary hearing by resigning.

That's according to an investigation into Lt. Jeff Braley, released Monday. Braley submitted his resignation on June 3.

Attorney R. Douglas Miller conducted the investigation for Hamilton Township trustees. To read the full report click here.

Braley's resume and job application in 1996 showed that he attended the University of Florida and Wright State University. In fact, Braley did not attend those institutions and does not have a college degree. His resume and application further stated that he worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a postal inspector from 1993 to 1995. That information turned out to be incorrect; he was a postal clerk for 6 to 8 weeks.

Braley had previously stated that he did not provide the incorrect information. Instead he stated that someone changed his application. Miller's investigation, however, included handwriting analysis from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation which found the handwriting was Braley's. It also found no evidence that the application was altered.

Investigators also found, Braley told many coworkers that he had been a member of military special forces, when he had not. Braley stated that he never made those claims to coworkers.

Miller's report stated, "(Braley's) denial of all of these matters at the current time raises an issue for the Trustees' consideration of his honesty."

Braley would have faced what the township calls a pre-discpilinary hearing had he not resigned.

Widmer's defense attorneys tried, but failed, to get evidence of Braley's history entered as evidence in Widmer's second murder trial. However, Warren County Judge Neal Bronson did not allow it.

Widmer was convicted in February of killing his wife, Sarah, in 2008 inside their Hamilton Township home.


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