Panel reviews personnel files for lead investigator in Widmer case

Lt. Jeff Braley
Lt. Jeff Braley

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - A three-person panel in Hamilton Township is going through the personnel file for the lead investigator in the Ryan Widmer case.

Lt. Jeff Braley led the investigation into the death of Sarah Widmer, who was found dead in the bathtub of her Hamilton Township home in August of 2008. Her husband, Ryan, has twice been tried for her murder. He was convicted in his first trial, but the judge granted a new trial for juror misconduct. His second trial ended in a hung jury.

Hamilton Township has set up a committee to investigate Braley after controversy surfaced at the beginning of the month over his personnel files. Judge Neal Bronson unsealed documents saying Braley has a job application and resume letter in his file that reportedly misrepresent his job experience and education. Braley denies lying about it, saying someone else tampered with his files.

Widmer's attorneys wanted these issues to come out in Widmer's second trial, but Judge Bronson said no. However, it could be come an issue again if the case goes to a third trial.

The panel went through Braley's documents on Tuesday morning to see if anything needs to be removed. They will make a recommendation to the Hamilton Township Board of Trustees and meet again on August 10.

Judge Bronson will rule on whether or not Widmer will be acquitted on August 3.

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