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Widmer juror: 'We could not find reasonable doubt'

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LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - A jury member in the third Ryan Widmer trial told FOX19 that they wanted to find reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case, but couldn't.

"We went through every testimony and every piece of evidence, and could not find reasonable doubt in the case the prosecution presented," said the juror, who did not want to be identified.

Jurors deliberated for about 12 hours on Monday and Tuesday before returning a guilty verdict against Widmer in the death of his wife, Sarah.

"We were all very serious about the task in front of us," he said. "We got in there and didn't mess around that's why the deliberation only took 12 hours"

The juror also said they listened to the 911 call about 10 times, but would not go into detail about what stood out.

He also said the testimony of Jennifer Crew, the prosecution's so-called 'mystery witness,' who testified that Widmer confessed to her, did not affect their decision.

"The testimony of Jennifer Crew had no weight on our decision because we did not believe her to be credible," he said.

"None of us feel good about it but we feel we made the right decision," he added. "It was gut wrenching and very difficult."

Widmer's defense team is investigating allegations that at least two jurors talked about the case outside the courtroom.

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