Defense calls more medical experts in Widmer retrial

Ryan Widmer listens to testimony on Tuesday
Ryan Widmer listens to testimony on Tuesday
Dr. David Smile
Dr. David Smile

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Defense attorneys called more medical experts to the stand Tuesday as the retrial for Ryan Widmer continues.

Widmer is accused of killing his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of the couple's home in August of 2008. He is being retried after a judge threw out last year's conviction due to juror misconduct.

Dr. David Smile took the stand Tuesday for the defense. He is a board certified ER doctor with experience in cardiology and neurology.

He talked about the large and growing number of young people suddenly dying with causes not appearing in autopsies. Normally injuries are seen if a person has a seizure, like head injuries or body injuries, that occur during a fall after a seizure. Dr. Smile says if a person had a seizure or sudden cardiac arrest, they would drown in a tub.

His testimony to this point strengthens Dr. Werner Spitz's testimony Monday about not being able to find a reason for Sarah's death beyond drowning.  Throughout the trial the defense has made a point to create the reasonable doubt that Sarah's death was a homicide.

Late on Tuesday, Biological engineer Dr. Chandler Phillips broke down all the possible scientific scenarios in which Ryan could've drowned Sarah during a physical altercation.

Phillips testified that there is no way Ryan could have forcibly drowned Sarah without getting any physical markings on his body, and that the injuries on Sarah show she did not struggle against a killer. Phillips says Sarah would have had broken finger nails, skin under her nails and severe bruising or cuts on her head from the faucet in the tub.

The defense is expected to rest on Wednesday, and closing arguments could begin as soon as Wednesday afternoon. Ryan Widmer did not take the stand during his first trial, and it's unclear if he will this time.

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