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Judge denies defense's request to bring up Braley documents during 3rd Widmer trial

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LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Judge Neal Bronson has denied a request by Ryan Widmer's defense attorneys to bring up lead investigator Jeff Braley's questionable work application.

Braley was the lead investigator in the death of Ryan's wife, Sarah, in 2008.

He is accused of falsifying his application with 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.

Braley denies signing the application.

Defense attorneys wanted to bring up this situation during Widmer's third trial, which is scheduled to begin next week, but Judge Bronson said in his ruling, "To allow it to go further would evolve into a trial within a trial - a parade of witnesses, exhibits and thirteen years of events to attack or bolster the witness and/or the veracity of the document."

Widmer is facing a third trial after a conviction in his first trial was overturned for juror misconduct and a second trial ended in a hung jury. His third trial begins Wednesday, January 26th.

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