“Dateline NBC” will air a two-hour episode on the Ryan Widmer murder case tonight.
The Dateline episode, which includes Widmer’s first public interview since the case began in 2008, will air at 9 p.m. this evening, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Widmer turned down several other local media requests to talk to him at Warren Correctional Institution.
“Dateline” also interviewed Sarah Manherz, who became Widmer’s girlfriend after watching a “Dateline” episode on the case in 2009 and had a child with him.
The program, called “The Bathtub Mystery,” includes interviews with seven jurors.
Widmer, 30, of Mason was convicted Feb. 15 of murder in the 2008 drowning death of his wife, Sarah Widmer. He stood trial three times – the first two trials ended in mistrial. He did not take the stand to testify in his own defense in any of the trials.
Dateline has covered all three of Widmer’s trials and previously aired an episode on the case in September 2009. That show was one of its best-watched episodes in 2009, say Dateline officials.
The national attention drawn by television show attracted responses from hundreds of people from across the nation, including two women who turned into witnesses in Widmer’s third trial earlier this year.
Widmer is serving 15 years to life in prison, the only sentence given for the crime of murder in the state of Ohio.