Medical Expert & Widmer Defense

An expert anatomical pathologist took the stand for the defense on Thursday, the 12th day of testimony in Ryan Widmer’s third trial.  Widmer is on trial for killing his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of their Hamilton Township, OH, home in August of 2008.  Dr. Gregory Michael Balko testified in the first trial but not the second.

The medical expert testified that he believed that adequate samples from Sarah Widmer’s brain and heart were not taken during an autopsy by Warren County coroner Dr. Russell Uptegrove, and therefore it would be nearly impossible to determine if she suffered from a cardiac or neurological event that would have caused her death.

He agreed during cross examination that he would have conducted the autopsy Dr. Uptegrove differently, as well as the autopsy conducted by Dr. Werner Spitz, who performed a second autopsy for the defense before Widmer’s first trial.

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