The fate of whether Drew Peterson will be found innocent or guilty now rests in the hands of the jurors.
The seven men and 5 women on the Jury seem to get along well and have given off the impression of unity during the trial wearing color coordinating outfits leading many to speculate exactly how that will factor in as to how long it will take them to teach a verdict,
The defense has predicted that Jury deliberations will last a long time. Are they right?
Before retiring to deliberate, the Judge, Edward Burmila, reminded Jurors that Drew Peterson did not have to prove his innocence.
After listening to nearly 5 weeks of testimony the jury began their deliberations on Wednesday in the attempt to reach a unanimous verdict in the Drew Peterson murder trial and did not reach a verdict.
They spent more than 8 hours deliberating before calling it a night.
Interestingly the Jury asked to review the testimony of two “hearsay” witnesses, Stacy Peterson’s Pastor Rev. Neil Schori and her divorce attorney Harry Smith.
Stacy Peterson, Drew Peterson’s 4th wife is missing and is presumed dead by many and Drew Peterson remains a suspect although not charged in her murder or disappearance.
She had allegedly told her Pastor that she was afraid of her husband and that he told her that he killed his third wife and staged the murder to look like an accident.
Harry Smith was called to the stand by the defense in what could be the defense team’s trial losing moment.
Instead of bolstering the defense with an admission that Stacy Peterson was trying to extort money from her husband in a divorce settlement, Smith testified that Stacy Peterson told him that she after going to sleep with her husband,s he woke up to find him gone.
Unable to reach him by cellphone, she eventually found him in the laundry room are of their house where he was dressed in black and placing women’s clothing in the washing machine that were not hers.
Ultimately Smith ended up being as a hostile witness.
The Jury was given the option to continue deliberating or go home and they opted to call it a day.
The Jurors are on the second day of deliberations? Will today be the day they reach a verdict or will it be a lengthy deliberation as the defense has predicted?
Stay tuned and check back for more Drew Peterson Jury updates.
Justice has been served!