Sarah Widmer's mother testifies during retrial

Ryan Widmer
Ryan Widmer
Dr. Bill Rogers
Dr. Bill Rogers
Ruthann Steward
Ruthann Steward

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LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Prosecutors in the Ryan Widmer retrial are calling their last witnesses to the stand Wednesday.

Widmer is on trial for killing his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of the couple's Hamilton Township home. He was convicted last year, but was granted a new trial because of juror misconduct.

Wednesday, Ruthann Steward, Sarah's mother, testified, telling jurors Sarah was a happy, bubbly young woman.

She recalled small arguments Sarah and Ryan had leading up to the wedding, but nothing that triggered any signals of anger or unhappiness with the couple. The biggest argument she recalled was the two trying to hang pictures in their home.

Steward says Ryan called her the night Sarah died. When she got to the hospital, the nurse let Ruthann see Sarah.  She says she held her hand and talked to her, but it wasn't until after that, that she was dead.

Earlier Wednesday, Dr. Bill Rogers, an ER physician in Oxford and the medical director of the Springdale Fire Department, took the stand.

Rogers discussed all of Sarah's medical records, reports and autopsy results.

Dr. Rogers said based on Sarah's medical history and charts, she did not have any medical conditions that would have caused her death. Rogers did say her medical charts show she was tired and very sleepy during the day.

Rogers described injuries that Sarah had that were found during the autopsy, such as bruising on her neck, cuts on her lips, and bruising on her throat.  Some of those injuries he says could have been made by life saving efforts, but some of the bruising her described as a result of trauma.

Dr. Rogers is one of the final three witnesses for the prosecution. The defense could begin presenting its case later Wednesday, but most likely will start Thursday.

Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case Wednesday.

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