|Defense Witness: Carol Monnin|
|Written by Mike Mayleben|
|Friday, 06 May 2011 18:25|
Direct Exam: Jay Clark
She works for the Warren Co. Visitor's Bureau, HR and as an administrative assistant.
She's been there 12 years and first met Ryan in Nov. 2, 2004, when he was hired as an intern, she said. It was a paid position and he worked 32 hours a week. On Feb. 17, 2006, he was promoted to Sports Marketing Manager and hired full time. The purpose of the bureau is to get visitors to Warren County and Ryan got more responsibilities as he worked to secure bids to bring sporting events to the county.
He submitted budget reports and submitted invoices. He would ask her how to do things for his job. "He was a model employee", she said. He didn't have a regular Monday-Friday schedule. He worked 7 days a week sometimes, as well as nights and weekends for events like Frisbee, basketball, volleyball, pre-Olympic games, jump rope, etc. On Nov. 28, 2007, he got another promotion. They had 6 employees but now they have 12. They are growing, she said.
Ryan and Sarah attended the office Christmas party, which is where she first met her. They also went on an employee outing with the whole staff to Red's Opening Day. Everyone in the office attended their wedding. Clark showed her a photo which she identified as Sarah, Ryan and a dog. She wasn't sure whose dog it was.
She would have been in charge of helping Ryan with work benefits and Ryan put Sarah as his beneficiary on his benefits/retirement plan before they married. She said most people put down a spouse or a family member, not their girlfriend.
She met Sarah at a cookout/picnic at the boss's house. Ryan and Sarah were always nice to each other. "He was very, very happy. Sarah was the light of his life," she said. He would have one or two drinks, and then drive home. He was "Never out of control" drunk and never disrespectful toward Sarah when he had a drink. She said she never saw him smoke, but found out later that he did smoke, but she never noticed the smell on him.
She said Sarah asked him to take dancing lessons for the wedding's first dance so he took Waltz dancing lessons with Sarah. She wasn't aware that he was teased about this in the office, but he didn't seem bothered by taking the dance lessons. She saw the dance at the wedding and "He did a great job," she said. Clark showed a photo of the couple dancing at the wedding.
Monnin said she was in charge of human resources for the Bureau and was in charge of employees off days, sick days, etc. She didn't remember if Ryan worked the weekend before Sarah's death, but he did work the day of her death, and Monnin said she didn't notice anything unusual about the way he was acting. She said she never saw Ryan lose his temper. She never had any complaints from co-workers or people he worked with outside the office. She said Ryan didn't come back to work after Sarah's death. His last day of work was Monday, Aug. 11, 2008.
She said when she found out they were getting married in a Catholic church, she advised him to do Worldwide Marriage Encounter, doing the pre cana with a married couple instead of going through the priest's classes. She is Catholic. No more questions.
Cross Exam: John Arnold
She agreed that Ryan took sales presentation classes through the Carnegie Foundation but didn't know the specifics.
Arnold asked if she spent time with Sarah during Reds Opening Day, a picnic and a few Christmas parties and she replied, "Yes".
She said she didn't see Sarah on Aug. 11, 2008 and wasn't in the Widmer home that day.
"I wasn't there, you weren't there, none of us were there." Nothing further.