UPDATE: Defense files response in Widmer case

Ryan Widmer (Courtesy Ohio Dept. of Corrections)
Ryan Widmer (Courtesy Ohio Dept. of Corrections)

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Defense attorneys for Ryan Widmer have filed a response to the prosecution's claim that jurors did not conduct experiments during deliberation.

Widmer is serving a 15-years to life sentence for murdering and drowning his wife Sarah in the bathtub of their home last summer.

But his attorneys say he should get a new trial, claiming that jurors conducted their own experiments during deliberation.

An affidavit from a juror included in the paperwork says that what some jurors did during deliberation were "tests and experiments, plain and simple."

The defense says the state never responded to a juror who claimed that the "experiments" and discussions influenced her to vote guilty. Since then, another juror has claimed the same.

Prosecutors filed affidavits earlier this month claiming that jurors did not conduct experiments, but rather made observations of every day life.

Judge Neal Bronson now has the option on whether or not to give Widmer a new trial, or give prosecutors a deadline to respond.

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