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Testimony in Widmer retrial in Day 2

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LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Testimony in the Ryan Widmer trial is entering Day 2 on Thursday.

Widmer is on trial for killing his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of their Hamilton Township home in the summer of 2008. He was convicted last year, but was granted a new trial because of juror misconduct during deliberations in the first trial.

The first witness Thursday was Dr. James Moore, the director of the epilepsy center at Ohio State University.

Moore testified that a person has to have more than one seizure to be called an epileptic, and Sarah Widmer never had a seizure. He said that upon reviewing Sarah's medical records, she seemed to be a healthy young woman.

However, during cross examination by defense attorney Jay Clark, Moore said that it was possible that Sarah may have suffered her first seizure the night she died, and the fact that her mouth was open meant that she could have taken in water, explaining how she died of drowning.

Moore concluded that he could not confirm nor deny whether or not Sarah suffered a seizure.

First responders were also called to testify on Thursday, demonstrating exactly how they performed CPR on Sarah Widmer.

More doctors and specialists are expected to take the stand Friday.

In total, around 50 witnesses are expected to be called during the 3-week trial.

Stay with FOX19.com for updates from the courtroom. Brad Underwood will be there for the entire trial.

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