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Prosecutors don't want Braley documents brought up during Widmer trial

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LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Warren County prosecutors filed a motion Friday asking Judge Neal Bronson to not allow defense attorneys to bring up documents involving lead investigator Jeff Braley during the third trial for Ryan Widmer.

Widmer is facing trial for a third time for the death of his wife, Sarah. A conviction in his first trial was overturned and his second trial ended in a hung jury.

Braley, the lead investigator in the case, is accused of falsifying his application for Hamilton Township Police, lying about his education and previous work experience. He claimed his application was altered; however, findings from the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation determined the application was not tampered with.

Defense attorneys filed a motion earlier this week wanting Judge Bronson to permit the documents be brought up during the cross examination of Braley.

In the motion filed by prosecutors, they claim the defense is trying to make the trial about Braley, but its not about him; it's about the death of Sarah Widmer.

"The defendants proposed cross-examination of Lt. Braley would only serve as a distraction in an already complicated case and should not be permitted," the motion read.

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