Sunday, May 19 2013 9:06 AM EDT2013-05-19 13:06:15 GMT
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million. The odds of winning areFull Story >
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday. Full Story >
Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined.Full Story >
Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on a fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 4:24 AM EDT2013-05-19 08:24:11 GMT
DES MOINES, IOWA (KCCI/CNN) - A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday. Sgt. Ross Gundlach, a U.S. Marine, has a surprise reunion with Casey, a yellow Labrador that helpedFull Story >
A reunion between a special dog and a special man happened in Iowa Friday.Full Story >
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The Ohio Court of Appeals has upheld Ryan Widmer's conviction, and he will not get a new trial.
Widmer, 31, is serving a 15 years to life sentence for killing his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of their home in 2008.
Widmer's attorneys made two appeals in the case. In the first appeal, attorney Michele Berry argued that several mistakes were made throughout the investigation. She said authorities should not have seized the bathtub where Sarah Widmer drowned, and that one of the prosecution's witnesses during the third trial gave testimony on fingerprints and forearm smears on the bathtub that was based on junk science.
The bathtub was seized from the home on Aug. 13, 2008, five days after Sarah's death. His attorneys filed a motion to suppress just days before the second trial, but it was denied for not being filed in a timely fashion.
During the third trial, the defense objected when prosecutors submitted the tub as evidence.
Widmer's attorneys argued that "the 'latent fingerprints' provision of the search warrant is overly broad in nature and does not authorize the seizure of the bathtub. Widmer contends the bathtub was an item officers knew existed prior to requesting the warrant to search the home, and, as such, should have been specifically listed in the warrant as an item to be searched and seized."
The appeals court said they found the argument to be "without merit" and that "the police had probable cause to associate the bathtub, and the markings found therein, as the instrument used to drown Sarah."
The defense also argued about senior criminalist William Hillard's testimony about body part impressions found in the tub.
Hillard testified that a fingerprint in the tub were made by a person of small stature, like a child, a female, or small male, and there was a forearm print from an adult male. However, the defense said this was outside of Hillard's area of expertise. The appeals court ruled, "We do not find that the trial court abused its discretion in admitting Hillard's testimony about the forearm impression and fingertip markings."
The appeal also argued that the trial court failed to instruct the jury on all lesser-included offenses of murder reasonably adduced by the evidence, and that his conviction is based on insufficient evidence.
"After review of the record, we cannot say the trier of fact clearly lost its way and created such a manifest miscarriage of justice that the conviction must be reversed," the appeals court ruled. "The state presented testimony and evidence from which the jury could have found the essential elements of murder proven beyond a reasonable doubt."
Berry made a second appeal last month that centered around Jeff Braley, the lead detective in the case. Braley is accused of lying on his application for the Hamilton Township Police Department.
The court has not ruled on that appeal yet, and there is no word on when that ruling will come.
Widmer was convicted after three trials. A conviction in the first trial was overturned due to juror misconduct and a second trial ended in a hung jury.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell released the following statement:
"The Warren County Prosecutor's Office is very satisfied with today's decision and we believe the 12th District Court of Appeals, like the trial court, reached the correct result."
Berry maintains Widmer's innocence and said she will take the case to the Ohio Supreme Court.
"We're disappointed, but we're more motivated than ever," said Berry.
Tuesday, May 7 2013 9:23 PM EDT2013-05-08 01:23:28 GMT
An Oregon City man said he was shot in the back while he was longboarding in his neighborhood Friday night. Zach Losness described something stinging his back as he rode his long board, a longer versionFull Story >
An Oregon City man said he was shot in the back while he was longboarding in his neighborhood Friday night. Zach Losness described something stinging his back as he rode his long board.Full Story >
Sunday, May 19 2013 1:00 AM EDT2013-05-19 05:00:12 GMT
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park.Barry Williams (Greg Brady), Christopher Knight (PeterFull Story >
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' that was filmed at Kings Island, stars from the show are returning to the park this Sunday.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-19 00:05:48 GMT
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A monkey is on the loose in Clermont County. The State Game Warden of Neville, Ohio states that he is looking for a loose monkey. It is unclear at this time where the monkey came from. Any sightingsFull Story >
A monkey on the loose in Clermont County was shot from a tree on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:10 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:10:46 GMT
One man has been taken to the hospital after police found him shot on the sidewalk. The incident happened Saturday evening on the corner of Burnet and Rockdale Avenue in Avondale. One man was arrestedFull Story >
One man has been taken to the hospital after police found him shot on the sidewalk. The victim is believed to have non life-threatening injuries.
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at...Full Story >
Inmates at jails in Indianapolis, Baltimore, St. Louis and Philadelphia face the nation's highest levels of sexual abuse at the hands of guards, according to a new federal report based on surveys of inmates at U.S. jails.Full Story >
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