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Judge denies new trial for Widmyer

August 09, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Circuit Judge Thomas W. Steptoe Jr. on Monday denied a motion for a new trial for convicted killer William Trampas Widmyer.

Defense attorney S. Andrew Arnold filed the motion Monday, saying there was insufficient evidence to convict Widmyer, who shot his ex-wife, Tara Widmyer, to death last year and wounded her boyfriend.

Arnold did not elaborate on his motion, Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael D. Thompson said.

Neither Arnold nor Shepherdstown attorney David Camilletti, who also defended Widmyer during his trial, could be reached for comment.

Steptoe said he plans to sentence Widmyer on Aug. 30.

Widmyer was found guilty June 22 of first-degree murder in the Nov. 16, 1998, shooting of Tara Widmyer.

The jury made no recommendation for mercy, meaning Widmyer will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Tara Widmyer, 25, was shot three times in the stomach and once in the leg while in the living room of her Ranson duplex.

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Her boyfriend, Larry Miller, 32, was shot in the stomach and right knee while lying on a sofa bed in the room, according to testimony given during Widmyer's trial. Miller survived the attack, although he said he may have a permanent injury to his right leg.

The jury also found Widmyer guilty of malicious assault, destruction of property, breaking and entering, petty larceny and possessing a car knowing it to be stolen.

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