Ohio appeals court rejects bid for 4th trial

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — A state appeals court has denied the latest bid for a fourth trial by a southwest Ohio man convicted of murder for the bathtub drowning of his wife.

The ruling released Monday rejected contentions focused on a detective's alleged misconduct and false statements. The court said the detective's credibility wasn't a determining factor in the guilty verdict. It also rejected a claim that the wife's remains should have tested for possible genetic disorder.

The same court rejected an appeal in September based on police handling of the couple's bathtub.

Ryan Widmer's attorneys are also appealing to the Ohio Supreme Court.

He was convicted in 2011 and is serving 15 years to life. An earlier guilty verdict was thrown out for juror misconduct, and the jury hung in his second trial.

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