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UPDATE: Widmer released from jail

Ryan Widmer (Source: Warren County Jail) Ryan Widmer (Source: Warren County Jail)

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Ryan Widmer was released from jail Friday after his bond was lowered to $400,000.

Judge Neal Bronson ordered the lower bond during a hearing on Friday afternoon. Just before 3 p.m., Ryan Widmer was a free man. He hugged family and friends after his release.

Widmer, who is accused of murdering his wife, Sarah, last August, was being held on a $1 million bond at the Warren County Jail. He had previously been in the Butler County Jail, but was moved before Friday's hearing.

He was convicted in April of Sarah Widmer's murder, but Judge Bronson granted a new trial after allegations of juror misconduct.

Prosecutors filed an appeal over the ruling, and the 12th District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday to deny the prosecutors' request to block the new trial.

"We disagree with the bond amount set by the Court for a crime of this nature," Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said in a statement.  "Regardless of this fact, we will continue forward to insure that justice is sought for Sarah Widmer."

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