|Widmer mystery witness likely female|
|Written by Janice Morse • email@example.com|
|Wednesday, 19 January 2011 14:49|
LEBANON - Could the prosecution's mystery witness in the Ryan Widmer murder retrial be someone who became "obsessed" with Widmer after seeing him on TV?
One of Widmer's lawyers, Jay Clark, began his questioning of prospective jurors today by repeatedly asking questions about how people could become obsessed with someone who appears on television - and why a person might do that.
He suggested that whoever would try to strike up a relationship with a person who appears on TV would be striving for his or her "15 minutes of fame."
Prosecutors repeatedly objected to Clark's line of questioning but Warren County Common Pleas Judge Neal Bronson allowed most of the questions to be asked.
Thaddeus Hoffmeister, a Wyoming resident who teaches law at the University of Dayton and specializes in the study of juries, attended Wednesday's jury selection and said prosecutors repeated objections to Clark's questions were "overly adversarial," especially for a jury-selection process.
Story by Janice Morse of the Cincinnati Enquirer - read the entire story on Cincinnati.com [click here]