“Dateline NBC” will air a two-hour episode on the Ryan Widmer murder case next week.
The Dateline episode, which includes Widmer’s first public interview since the case began in 2008, will air at 9 p.m. May 6, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Widmer turned down several other local media requests to talk to him at Warren Correctional Institution.
Dateline has also interviewed jurors from Widmer’s second trial who think he should have been acquitted, as well as jurors from his third trial.
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.
Meanwhile, the Enquirer’s Janice Morse reports that a legal battle over preservation of evidence continues to rage.
Defense lawyers argue prosecutors are incorrect when they said that Judge Neal Bronson no longer has authority to order that Facebook, YouTube and physical evidence be preserved to possibly assist in Widmer’s appeal of his Feb. 15 murder conviction.
Widmer’s lawyers argue that at least one juror may have violated court rules by researching certain information on the Internet.
Prosecutors presented evidence alleging she was drowned in the couple’s Hamilton Township bathtub but after the guilty verdict, some jurors who convicted Widmer told news reporters they theorized he drowned his wife in the toilet even though no evidence was presented about such a scenario during the third trial.
That theory was briefly mentioned during Widmer’s first trial.
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.
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