Saturday, May 18 2013 11:32 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:32:55 GMT
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million. The odds of winning areFull Story >
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LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Three motions were filed Tuesday in the Ryan Widmer trial. Widmer's defense filed three motions that bring to light critical information that could be used to convict or acquit Widmer. Widmer is the Warren County man accused of killing his wife Sarah in their Hamilton Township home in 2008.
In the first motion filed Tuesday, the defense wants Judge Neal Bronson to allow them to specifically cross examine the prosecution's mystery witness about her credibility. The mystery witness claims Widmer confessed to her.
In the motion filed, the mystery witness' criminal past is revealed. Between 1992 and 2007, "Jane Doe" was arrested seven times. Almost all of those arrests involve charges that include burglary, theft and fraud. All of the arrests happened in Iowa and some involved jail time.
In the second motion filed on Tuesday, the defense wants the judge to throw out any evidence of alleged communication between Ryan Widmer and the mystery witness. They say it is unreliable because it cannot be authenticated therefore it is irrelevant. However, in the motion, the defense lays out what it thinks the prosecution would bring up about those alleged conversations.
Here are some of the highlights of this motion: "Jane Doe" initiated an email relationship with Widmer immediately after watching the September 18, 2009 episode of Dateline NBC which profiled Widmer. The emails turned into text messages which turned into phone calls. One of which "Jane Doe" says Widmer called her cell phone from a blocked number between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and confessed to killing his wife Sarah. The motion says the call lasted an hour to an hour and a half.
After the confession, "Jane Doe" sent birthday presents to Widmer and his twin brother, but the gifts were returned due to a bad address. The motion states that the last contact between "Jane Doe" and Widmer happened right before Thanksgiving in 2009 and Ryan may have texted her "Happy Thanksgiving" on Thanksgiving day. The motion states that "Jane Doe" and Widmer have never met nor have they talked face to face.
The defense is trying to keep this from coming up at trial.
The third motion was to declare Dr. Werner Spitz unavailable to testify in the trial because of an illness. Spitz testified on behalf of Widmer in the first two trials.
Fox19 Legal Analyst Mike Allen spoke to us about the credibility of the mystery witness. "Bringing up the criminal history of any witness is something the defense and prosecution can do on a routine basis. In this case, some of the surprise witnesses' convictions are out of time and need to be requested, specifically, the credibility of the witness is crucial. So I think the judge will allow it, in this case."
These three motions were filed on the eve of the trial, which is scheduled to get underway Wednesday morning. Judge Bronson does not have to rule on these motions then, he can consider them as the trial unfolds.
This is Widmer's third trial for Sarah's death. A conviction in his first trial was overturned due to juror misconduct, and the second trial ended in a hung jury.
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Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
An investigation revealed that a car driven by Daniel Guy Rich of Dallas, Texas had lost control and hit a PT Cruiser driven by a unnamed 17-year-old girl head on.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >