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UPDATED: Jury selected in Widmer retrial

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LEBANON, Ohio (FOX19) - The jury was selected on Tuesday for the retrial of Ryan Widmer, the Warren County man accused of drowning his wife in their bathtub almost two years ago.

The jury is composed of 7 men and 5 women, all Caucasian. There are still 14 candidates for 3 alternate spots on the jury. On Wednesday, the jury will be going to the Widmer house to observe the crime scene.

Two dozen jurors were dismissed on a "juror hardship day" last week. On Monday, Judge Neal Bronson separated the jurors into three groups: those who have formed an opinion about the trial, those who haven't formed an opinion about the trial and those who said they've never heard of Ryan Widmer.

Widmer is accused of killing 24-year-old Sarah Widmer at the couple's home in Hamilton Township in August 2008. He was convicted in April 2009 of killing his wife, but the conviction was set aside by a judge after allegations of juror misconduct during deliberations.

Widmer has been free on bond while awaiting his retrial. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after his conviction in the first trial.

Widmer has maintained his innocence, saying he loved his wife and didn't hurt her.

Because of all the media attention and the need for a fair trial, Judge Bronson has already issued a gag order, prohibiting both sides from talking to the media.

Judge Bronson also told potential jurors on Monday that not only would they not be allowed to watch or read the news during the trial, they would be banned from social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Defense attorneys told potential jurors that they would be seeing some graphic images during the trial, and if they didn't think they could handle it, they may not be suited to be a juror.

The jury is expected to be sworn in later Tuesday. Opening statements in the retrial are scheduled to begin Thursday.

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