NKU hosting panel on Widmer murder trial

Ryan Widmer
Ryan Widmer

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY (FOX19)  - The Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law Center for Excellence in Advocacy is hosting a discussion panel about the Ryan Widmer murder trial.

Widmer was accused of drowning his wife, Sarah, in their bathtub in August of 2008. He has been tried twice for murder. The first trial ended in a mistrial and the second ended in a hung jury. A third trial is scheduled to begin in January 2011.

The panel will be held Oct. 5 from 7-9 p.m. in NKU's Eva G. Farris Auditorium (BEP Center Room 200).

To better understand this highly controversial case, Chase College of Law has invited a distinguished group of legal, media and law enforcement experts to discuss the case's complex issues. The discussion panel is free and open to the public.  FOX19's Brad Underwood and other local media are taking part in the panel.

Other panelists include legal experts Mike Allen, criminal defense attorney and former Hamilton County prosecutor; Professor Mark Godsey, University of Cincinnati, criminal defense attorney; Mark Krumbein, criminal defense attorney; Daniel "Woody" Breyer, assistant chief prosecutor, Clermont County, Ohio; and Professor Mark Stavsky, Chase College of Law.

Law enforcement experts are Col. William Cole, chief of police, City of Bellevue, Ky.; Darrell Hawkins, forensic expert, assistant prosecutor, Clermont County, Ohio; Professor Jill Shelley, criminal justice professor at NKU; and Greg Shelley, forensic expert, Clermont County, Ohio. Professor Henry Stephens, Chase College of Law, will moderate the panel discussion.

"Our mission at the Center for Excellence in Advocacy is to ensure that every student who graduates understands the theoretical and practical aspects of the legal system," said Professor Richard Bales, director of the center. "Many of the theoretical issues can be addressed in a classroom, so at the center we focus on exposing students to the realities of the legal system by having them work with top-notch legal experts and by organizing programs such as the Ryan Widmer trial panel discussion."

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