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Jury deliberating in Widmer retrial

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Defense attorney Hal Arenstein presents his closing argument Defense attorney Hal Arenstein presents his closing argument
Assistant Prosecutor Travis Vieux gives his closing argument Assistant Prosecutor Travis Vieux gives his closing argument
Ryan and Sarah Widmer Ryan and Sarah Widmer

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Jurors began deliberating Wednesday in the Ryan Widmer retrial.

Widmer is accused of killing his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of the couple's Hamilton Township home in August of 2008.

The defense rested their case Wednesday morning, and prosecutors called one rebuttal witness. Then, during the three plus hour closing arguments, attorneys made their final pitches.

Assistant prosecutor Travis Vieux once again demanded the jury to accept the reasonable and reject the unreasonable.

He told them to use their minds, imagine and draw inferences to find the only possible conclusion - that Ryan Widmer murdered his wife in their home on August 11, 2008.

"We have a dry body, we have a dry floor, we have no pruning," said Vieux. "Either there was an additional period of time that had passed before the defendant had called 911 or she was never in that bathtub," said Vieux.

Vieux further instructed jurors to make their decision based on common sense and good reason.

Defense attorney Hal Arenstein reinforced fellow defense attorney Jay Clark's advice from opening statements that if you can't trust the messenger, you can't trust the message.

Arenstein said there are holes all over this investigation and the case. Too many, he said, to  bring up in closings. These holes and inconsistencies began with first responders and spread to the hospital and lead investigator Lt. Jeff Braley and the entire Hamilton Township Police Department, Arenstein said.

Arenstein added that the state didn't prove a motive for Ryan to kill Sarah, but they didn't have to. If they did, Arenstein said, jurors would have heard about it.

There were no injuries on Ryan and no injuries from a struggle on Sarah.

"This case is a perfect storm of inconsistencies," said Arenstein.

Arenstein asked the jury to have reasonable doubt, and let Ryan go home to his family and finally be able to mourn his wife.

Judge Neal Bronson gave the jury their instructions, then they began deliberating around 2 p.m. Wednesday. They could not reach a verdict by the end of the day, so they returned Thursday to continue deliberations.

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