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Oral arguments in Widmer appeal case postponed

Ryan Widmer (file) Ryan Widmer (file)
Ryan Widmer being led out of the courthouse in handcuffs in 2011 (file) Ryan Widmer being led out of the courthouse in handcuffs in 2011 (file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Oral arguments in the Ryan Widmer appeal case has been postponed to December, according to Magistrate Michael Merz. 

Arguments were originally schedule to take place Tuesday, but have been postponed until Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m., due to Widmer's attorney having a family emergency, Merz confirmed.

Widmer was convicted during a third trial of killing his wife, Sarah, in a bathtub back in 2008.

Some of the grounds for appeal filed by Widmer's attorney are as follows: 

  • The bathtub was improperly seized from the home because was not listed on the search warrant.
  • The defense believes that the fingerprint expert's testimony was unfounded because he had no scientifically based training in the subject.

The defense says the jury was unaware of the specifics actions that constitute a murder charge.

A conviction in his first trial was overturned due to juror misconduct and a second trial ended in a hung jury. He was convicted after the third trial in 2011. He was sentenced to 15 to life in prison, which he is still currently serving.

[Related: Ryan Widmer found guilty of murder]

The Ohio and U.S. Supreme courts have refused to hear the case.

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