UPDATE: Defense files final response in Widmer case

Ryan Widmer (Source: Ohio Dept. of Corrections)
Ryan Widmer (Source: Ohio Dept. of Corrections)

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Defense attorneys in the Ryan Widmer case filed their final response Monday as to why he should get a new trial.

Widmer was convicted of drowning his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of their Warren County home in April of last year.

Widmer's attorneys are demanding a new trial because they say two of the jurors conducted home experiments to see how long it would take a wet body to air dry. Prosecutors argue that's a life experience, not an experiment, and it was only a small part in the case and didn't change the verdict.

But in the latest response, defense attorneys say the state, "has proven unable to challenge the fact that improper experiments were conducted by the jury and these experiences influenced the decision of at least some of the jurors."

The defense also argues that Widmer's guilt was determined by the experiments rather than evidence.

Prosecutors have said that jurors claimed a fabricated 911 call and trauma to Sarah's body caused the jurors to determine the guilty verdict.

The debate between the two sides has gone back and forth, but this will be the last response filed by either side. It will then be up to judge Neal Bronson to make a decision on whether he'll grant a new trial. There is no timetable on when Bronson will make that decision.

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