Hearing on Widmer motions will be held March 23

Ryan Widmer
Ryan Widmer

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Judge Neal Bronson is holding a hearing on March 23 to discuss the latest motions filed in the Ryan Widmer case.

Widmer was convicted last month of murdering his wife, Sarah, by drowning her the couple's bathtub.

Widmer's attorneys filed a motion last week for a new trial, claiming juror bias. They claim a juror told a friend, "Don't worry about the Widmer case, we have all talked about it and we know he is guilty. He (Ryan Widmer) is going to rot in hell."

The juror denies making the statement.

A few days later, Widmer's attorneys filed a motion for acquittal, saying prosecutors failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Prosecutors have until March 18 to respond to both motions.

The hearing will be held March 23 at 4 p.m. in Judge Bronson's common pleas courtroom.

Widmer is currently serving a 15 years to life sentence at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. This was his third trial. A conviction in the first trial was overturned due to juror misconduct and the second trial ended in a hung jury.

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