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Judge: Attorneys can ask for hearing to determine if Widmer should get new trial

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LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Judge Neal Bronson has sent a ruling to attorneys involved in the Ryan Widmer case saying that they are permitted to ask for a hearing to decide whether Widmer should get a new trial.

Widmer's defense team are arguing juror misconduct, alleging that some members of the jury that convicted Widmer of killing his wife, Sarah, performed their own independent investigations during the trial. But prosecutors say they were noting life experiences, not doing experiments.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors have been submitting documents back and forth for months arguing why or why not Widmer should get a new trial. The last of these documents was submitted Monday by the defense.

Judge Bronson said in the ruling, "The affidavits submitted fail to dissuade the court that there were external matters introduced into the jury room.

"Thus, if desired by either side, the matter should be set at the earliest mutual convenience of counsel and the court for an evidentiary hearing.  Appropriate time should be allotted.  If no further hearing is deemed necessary and a decision on matters submitted is desired counsel shall notify the court forthwith."

Widmer is serving a 15 years to life sentence.

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