U.S. Supreme Court to hear second Widmer appeal

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A conference will be held Friday for Ryan Widmer, who is currently serving 15 years to life in prison for the 2011 murder conviction of wife, Sarah.

Sarah Widmer died in a bathtub drowning in their home in August 2008. She was 24-years-old.

Widmer's first trial in 2009 ended in a mistrial over juror misconduct, while the second jury was hung. A third jury found Widmer guilty of murder.

Widmer previously requested genetic DNA testing to a trial court to determine if Sarah suffered from a sudden genetic disorder that may have caused her to drown, instead of being murdered, which the court denied.

Currently, Ohio's DNA testing statute states DNA testing is only for the purpose of eliminating the defendant from crime scene evidence or incriminating an alternate suspect. It's not to prove if a crime even happened in the first place.

The Supreme Court will discuss Widmer's second appeal over DNA evidence on Friday.

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