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Ohio Supreme Court declines to hear bathtub appeal

11:10 AM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS --  The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to hear a southwest Ohio man's bid for a fourth trial in the 2008 bathtub drowning of his wife.

The state's highest court Wednesday stated it declines jurisdiction in Ryan Widmer's appeal of last year's ruling by the state's 12th District Court of Appeals.

Widmer's attorneys contend that police improperly removed the couple's bathtub from their home as evidence. Prosecutors responded that the argument had no legal merit.

The 12th District appeals court in January rejected a separate appeal focused on a detective's alleged misconduct and lack of testing of Sarah Widmer's remains for a possible genetic disorder.

A message was left Wednesday for Widmer's attorney seeking comment on appeal plans.

Widmer is serving 15 years to life for a 2011 murder conviction.

The Associated Press

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