The state’s top court won’t give Ryan Widmer a new trial.
In a 4-3 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court declined today to accept his case for review.
Widmer is serving 15 years to life for killing his wife, Sarah, in their Hamilton Township home in 2008.
Widmer’s attorney, Michele Berry, had argued that a Middletown-based appeals court “misinterpreted” existing case law surrounding DNA testing in Ohio when it agreed with Judge Neal Bronson’s refusal to order genetic testing on blood from Widmer’s wife, Sarah.
Widmer and his supporters say his young wife showed possible signs of a genetic heart-rhythm disorder that could have caused her to drown. But she was never tested for that condition, “Long QT Syndrome,” or a similar problem.
The 32-year-old Colerain Township native who last lived in Mason has maintained his innocence.
Widmer’s lawyers have said they plan to appeal to federal courts if the Ohio Supreme Court turned them down.