LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Web traffic on the site FreeRyanWidmer.com continues to increase ever since the prosecution came forward with stunning new allegations that Widmer admitted to killing his wife.
"We've had over 3,000 visits just within that day and the next couple of days, that Wednesday. through Friday, so traffic definitely spiked," said Mike Mayleben, creator of the website, FreeRyanWidmer.com
Mike Mayleben founded the website after closely following Widmer's first trial last year. He's now become friends with Ryan and his family and recently spoke with Widmer about the prosecution's claim that a new witness can testify that he admitted to the murder.
"I've asked Ryan directly about this and it's not something that he even wanted to talk about when he got out of prison, let alone in prison so, if it is someone, a jail house snitch, everyone knows how credible that is," Mayleben said.
But in court documents prosecutors say this witness has knowledge of Widmer's efforts to manufacture a cover story, including a 911 call. As both sides await Judge Bronson's much anticipated ruling on whether he'll grant the defense's motion to acquit, Mayleben says the possibility of a third trial is weighing heavily on the family, and while the website has generated some money... He's say not nearly enough to fund a third trial.
"You're talking about a couple $100,000 a trial, and we're talking a third trial, people are helping out, people are donating, but it's a lot of money," Mayleben said.
Judge Bronson has set an August third hearing, where he will hear arguments on both sides regarding the defense. Widmer is accused of drowning his wife in their Hamilton Twp. home, he was convicted in his first trial, but the verdict was overturned because of juror misconduct. His second trial was declared a mistrial.