Posted: 12:04 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013
WASHINGTON D.C. —
RYAN WIDMER MURDER CASE TIMELINE
Aug. 13, 2008: Ryan Widmer, 28, of Hamilton Twp. is charged with the murder of his wife, Sarah.
March 23, 2009: Widmer’s trial begins in Warren County Common Pleas Court.
April 2: After a two-week trial, a jury finds Widmer guilty and he is sentenced to 15 years to life.
April 9: Following a Pulse-Journal interview with juror Ray Diss, defense attorney Charlie Rittgers files a motion for an acquittal or new trial. He maintains jurors improperly relied on information that was not presented as evidence.
April 10: Another juror, Jon Campbell, says several jurors improperly conducted experiments at home to see how long it took them to air-dry after bathing.
July 22: Judge Neal Bronson grants Ryan Widmer a new trial, ruling experimenting jurors violated Widmer’s right to a fair trial. Bond for Widmer’s release is set at $1 million.
May 10, 2010: The retrial begins. After 16 days and 31 hours worth of deliberations, the jury comes back deadlocked.
July 1: The defense asked the judge to acquit Widmer and reveals Sarah Widmer had a heart murmur as a child. Prosecutors have always maintained she was perfectly healthy.
Aug. 6: Judge Neal Bronson denies Widmer’s request for acquittal. Later, a third trial date is set for Jan. 18.
Jan. 26, 2011: The third Widmer jury trial begins. The trial lasts 14 days and ends with a guilty verdict after 12 hours of jury deliberations. Judge Neal Bronson sentences Widmer to 15 years to life in prison.
April 16, 2012: The 12th District Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in the first of two appeals filed by Widmer’s appellate attorney, Michele Berry. She argued the police illegally seized the bathtub and prosecutors presented junk science evidence.
Aug. 28: The 12th District Court of Appeals hears oral argument in the second appeal. Berry argued the trial court should have allowed testing of Sarah’s DNA to see if she had a rare genetic disease that would have caused her to pass out in the tub.
Sept. 24: The 12th District Court of appeals denies Widmer’s first appeal.
Nov. 7: Widmer files his first appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court.
Jan. 14, 2013: The 12th District Court of Appeals denies Widmer’s second appeal.
Feb. 20: The high court declines jurisdiction on Widmer’s case by a 4 to 3 vote.
Feb. 27: Widmer files his second appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court.
March 16: Berry files a petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court.
May 22: The Ohio Supreme Court denies Widmer’s second appeal by a 5 to 2 vote.