Prosecutors' Answer Due In Ohio Tub Drowning Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lebanon, Ohio (AP) -- A judge in southwest Ohio is awaiting final written arguments on whether there should be a new trial for a man found guilty of drowning his wife in a bathtub.

A Warren County jury in April found that 28-year-old Ryan Widmer of Lebanon murdered 24-year-old Sarah Widmer last August.

Since then, some jurors have said they conducted home experiments on the validity of some testimony.

Defense attorneys argued that is not permissible and that Widmer should get a new trial.

Prosecutors contend the issue was only a small part of the case and did not play a big role in the verdict.

The judge gave prosecutors until Monday to file responses to the defense motion for a retrial.

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

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