Visitation will be held today for former Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel who lost her battle with cancer over the weekend.
She will lie in state 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the rotunda at the Warren County Administration Building, 406 Justice Dr., Lebanon
A mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church, 20 DeSales Ave. also in Lebanon.
Hutzel, 56, was a judge on the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals. She served as Warren County Prosecutor from 2002 until she was elected to the court of appeals last year.
She was the first woman on the 12th District appeals bench and the first female Warren County Prosecutor.
Hutzel and her husband, Jeff Blazey, had one son, Matt Blazey.
As prosecutor, her profile rose during the highly publicized Ryan Widmer murder trial. Widmer’s wife, Sarah, died in a bathtub drowning in 2008 at their Hamilton Township home.
In 2009, Widmer’s first jury convicted him of murder, but Judge Neal Bronson threw out the verdict because of juror misconduct.
Widmer’s second prosecution ended in a mistrial in 2010. He was found guilty in a third trial in 2011.
That verdict is being appealed.