Judge denies Widmer motion for acquittal and new trial

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Ryan Widmer, a man convicted of murdering his wife in 2008, will not have a fourth trial.

The Warren County Common Pleas Judge Neal Bronson denied the motions for a new trial and an acquittal.

The defense team filed the motion for a new trial citing juror misconduct. According to Judge Bronson's decision, there was not enough evidence to support a inquiry into the jury process.

Other reasons given by the defense include questioning the testimony of the medical experts in the Widmer trial. Judge Bronson ruled that there was never any challenge to the expertise or opinions of either of the doctors that testified in the trial.

Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell said in a statement released Friday, "Ohio law sets a very high standard for setting aside a jury's verdict. As the decision shows, the Court was not convinced that the defense met that very high standard."

Ryan Widmer was convicted and sentenced to 15 years to life in a third trial on February 15th, 2011.

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