What's next for Widmer?

Ryan Widmer (Courtesy Ohio Dept. of Corrections)
Ryan Widmer (Courtesy Ohio Dept. of Corrections)

By Sara Gouedy - bio | email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - It's been more than ten days since a Warren County judge postponed a court date to hear arguments about getting a new trial for convicted murderer Ryan Widmer.

Widmer was found guilty of drowning his wife in their bathtub, but his lawyer claims jury misconduct should equal a new trial.

So? What's the hold up on a decision?

A six page memorandum asks the Warren County Court of Common Pleas to uphold Widmer's guilty verdict.

It also says the defense should not get a new trial under Ohio law because the allegation of juror misconduct does not show the required outside evidence needed.

Defense attorney Charlie Rittgers says it's unusual for the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Office to make such a statement.

But FOX19 courtroom analyst Mike Allen says it sometimes happens.

"Where it's a unique issue, or where it's a case that is high profile, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Association, of which I used to be a member, does file amicus briefs, which happened here," Allen said.

Monday's filing only adds to the dozens of documents under review by Judge Bronson.

Allen says Bronson can choose to have a hearing or not before making his decision.

"That's totally the judge's call, that's totally the judge's discretion," said Allen. "He can't sit on it for a year, or a half year, or anything like that, but it is totally his call whether or not he has a hearing on it, he could decide it on the pleadings."

Meanwhile, organizers of the Web site www.freeryanwidmer.com have announced a new vigil for Ryan on May 11 at 8 p.m. on Fountain Square.