Defense takes over Widmer retrial

Max Smith
Max Smith
Monica Peppard
Monica Peppard

By Brad Underwood – bio | email
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LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the retrial of Ryan Widmer.

Widmer is being retried for killing his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of the couple's home in August 2008. He was convicted last year, but a judge granted a new trial after juror misconduct.

Prosecutors called their last witness on Wednesday afternoon as Sarah Widmer's mother, who testified that she never knew Ryan and Sarah to have any big arguments.

The defense filed a motion to dismiss first thing Thursday morning, but it was overruled.

The first defense witness was Max Smith, who is now a paramedic with the Hamilton Township fire department. He drove a fire engine to the Widmer home the night Sarah died, and also drove the ambulance that carried her to the hospital.

Smith was an EMT basic at the time of Sarah's death and recalled the difficultly the crew had transporting Sarah from the upstairs bedroom, down the twisting staircase to the ambulance.

He also testified that sometimes injuries can occur during life saving methods like some of the injuries found on Sarah that night.

Next, the defense called Monica Peppard, a marriage counselor who had five to six pre-marital counseling sessions with the Widmers before they got married. She said the couple successfully completed the program.

Peppard said she didn't notice any alarming about differences between the couple, she followed by expressing no couple agrees on everything.

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