The Drew Peterson trial has been going on for 3 full weeks.
The prosecution contends that Drew Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio and staged the crime scene to make it look like an accident. They have been bringing forth witnesses that they hope will convince the jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Drew Peterson should be found guilty.
Wednesday and Thursday, forensic pathologist Dr, Larry Blum testified.
He was the one who conducted the second autopsy on Kathleen Savio’s body and said that he believed Savio died as the result of a homicide.
Dr. Gene Neri was on the stand Friday. He is a neurologist who treated Kathleen Savio for a variety of pain related ailments such as pain, dizziness and numbness .
He later treated her for cervical vertigo.
The causes of cervical vertigo are debated by even some of the most prominent medical professionals.
It is a condition that results in dizziness and some professionals believe this malady can be brought on by extreme stress.
Dr. Neri said that people that suffer from this condition are less likely to fall since they are so afraid of falling that they are actually extra careful.
He said that Savio was “horribly sleep deprived” and that he prescribed anti anxiety and anti depression medications to allow her to sleep soundly and that Savio was always trying to cut down on the medication
That testimony is very important since it has been alleged that Savio fell in her bathtub, hit her head and accidentally drowned.
The defense appeared to be successful in their cross examination of Neri by pointing out that Savio had fallen down the stairs when he first began treating her and more importantly, that he had not treated her in over 2 years.
When asked if the symptoms could return after undergoing more stress, such as Savio’s divorce and the contention that her boyfriend did not want to marry her, the doctor did say, “I’d expect all those symptoms to slide back”
Scott Rossetto, a Army Captain who lives in Germany took the stand next. He apparently was to present hearsay evidence of his conversation with Stacy Peterson, Drew Peterson’s missing 4th wife regarding what she told him about Savio’s death.
There were issues with the dates and times of prior statements and Rossetto was barred from testifying any further since his testimony is considered unreliable.
That marks yet another blunder for the prosecution.
Joseph Steadman, an insurance adjuster testified and said that had a phone conversation with Drew Peterson shortly after Savio’s death. Peterson, according to Steadman, said that he was Savio’s ex-husband, identified himself as a police officer and said that he found her body although he was not part of the investigation into her death.
An ex girlfriend of Drew Peterson’s son testified about what Peterson told her of Savio’s death,
Jennifer Schoon said she was living in the Peterson home at the time of Savio’s death and was told by Peterson that Savio hit her head and drowned in the bathtub but that there was no water in the tub because of a leak. She said she was also told there were antidepressants on the counter and that Peterson said she may have overdosed on the medication.
Since the case against Peterson is circumstantial, the prosecution has been laying the groundwork to prove that Peterson did indeed stage Savio’s death however they have made a number of missteps along the way which may seriously compromise the trial.
Testimony in the Drew Peterson trial will continue on Tuesday so check back for the daily Drew Peterson trial update.