Meeting explores discrepancies in Widmer investigator personnel records

HAMILTON TWP., Ohio - More fallout from the Ryan Widmer murder trial has been pushedback after a Hamilton Township panel went over allegeddiscrepancies in the personnel file of the lead police investigatorin the Widmer case and decided they need to discuss with certainofficials before a decision is made.

While the decision on whether Ryan Widmer will be tried a thirdtime for allegedly murdering his wife is still up in the air, theHamilton Township Police officer who investigated the 2008 death ofSarah Widmer still finds his future called into question.

A three person administrative panel started to plan how itwill investigate allegations of discrepancies in the personnel fileof Hamilton Police Lt. Jeff Braley at Tuesday morning. The panelwas created by Hamilton Township trustees after Widmer defenseattorneys raised questions about at least two documents in Lt.Braley's personnel file.

The panel includes Hamilton Township's assistant administrator,the law director as well as the township's fiscal officer.Tuesday's meeting decided that the committee members must speakwith specific people, including the former fire chief and currentpolice chief, before they decide if the documents should beincluded or taken out of Lt. Braley's file.

Lawyers raised questions about possible false representationsmade in a job application and resume letter in Braley's personnelfile.

Lt. Braley has said he never made those misrepresentationswhen he was applying to join the Hamilton Township Police.

A judge kept the issue out of the recent re-trial of RyanWidmer that ended in a hung jury in June.

The panel will meet again to discuss Braley's fate on August10.

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