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CR woman testifies in Ohio murder trial

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WARREN COUNTY, OHIO (KWWL, WLWT)--  On Wednesday, a Cedar Rapids woman testified against a man accused of killing his wife.

Jennifer Crews told a court in Lebanon, Ohio, that Ryan Widmer told her he drowned his 24-year-old wife, Sarah, in a bathtub in 2008.

Crews said she contacted Ryan in September 2009 after seeing a special on NBC's Dateline during his first trial.

The two communicated through phone calls and texts daily after that. She says during one of those calls, Widmer confessed to the killing, saying, 'I did it. I did it. I killed Sarah.' Crews told a court she had believed Widmer was not guilty prior to that call.

Crew testified that Widmer told her he punched his wife in the chest and she fell backward, hitting her head in the bathroom, and he knelt down and blacked out.

Wider said that when he came to, Sarah Widmer was on the floor, not breathing, Crew said.

She said Widmer told her that he cleaned up water in the bathroom, but she testified that Widmer did not tell her what he did with items used for the cleanup.

She also said Widmer told her he called 911 and pretended to give his wife CPR.

During cross-examination, defense attorney Jay Clark pointed out that some of the things Crew said Wednesday were not told to investigators during a previous interview.

Many of the details Crew described during her trial testimony had never been outlined in three conversations to investigators, who traveled to Iowa to interview her.

Clark also pointed out that many of those details were also not described in eight and a half pages of handwritten notes that Crew prepared in advance of her discussions with investigators.

Clark also brought up Crew's criminal record and admitted drug abuse, and Crew admitted both the crimes and that she sometimes used false names to obtain drugs before she went into rehab a few years ago.

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