Court Allows New Trial In Ohio Bathtub Drowning

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Middletown, Ohio (AP) -- A state appeals court has denied prosecutors' motion to block a new trial for a southwest Ohio man convicted of murder in the bathtub drowning of his wife.

The 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals released its ruling in the case of Ryan Widmer on Thursday without comment.

A jury in April convicted 28-year-old Widmer in the drowning death of 24-year-old Sarah Widmer in the couple's Hamilton Township home.

Warren County Common Pleas judge Neal Bronson ruled in July that Widmer deserves a new trial because his right to a fair trial was violated when jurors conducted their own bathroom experiments at home.

Spokesman Matthew Nolan says the Warren County prosecutor's office will review its options.

Prosecutors could appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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