Third trial date set for Ryan Widmer

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - A January trial date has been set for Ryan Widmer.

Three weeks have been set aside, beginning  January 18 for Widmer's third trial for the death of his wife, Sarah.

Widmer is accused of killing Sarah in August of 2008 in the bathtub of their Hamilton Township home. He was convicted in his first trial, but Judge Neal Bronson granted a new trial after juror misconduct. Widmer's second trial ended in a hung jury.

A pretrial status conference was held Tuesday afternoon in Judge Bronson's chambers.

As of right now, Widmer's defense team will remain the same. If it were to change, it would come out in a October 5 status conference. Widmer got a new defense team after his first trial.

If attorneys decided to file a motion for change of venue, that would also be addressed on October 5.

FOX19 legal analyst Mike Allen says he believes a change of venue must happen in order to find a proper jury and get the case out of all the hype from the media.

"If Judge  Bronson feels that we cannot get a fair and impartial jury in Warren County, he could decide on a change of venue before a jury is sworn.   After a potential jury is sworn, as they get into it, if they can't find jurors that can be fair and impartial it could be venued out of this town," Allen said.

Bronson cleared the way for a third trial after denying a motion to dismiss by Widmer's defense attorneys.  Prosecutors claim they have a witness who says Widmer admitted to killing his wife and manufactured a cover story, including a 911 call.

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