The Drew Peterson trial enters it’s fourth week today and the defense has said that they may wrap up their case by weeks end.
Peterson is on trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
The prosecution contends that Peterson orchestrated the murder of Savio to look like an accident. For the past 3 weeks they have been laying the groundwork to prove to a jury that Peterson is guilty even though there is no physical evidence connecting him to Savio’s death.
The first order of business addressed was whether the testimony of Jeff Pachter, the alleged hit man that Drew Peterson wanted to hire to kill his wife for $25,000 would be allowed and Judge Burmila ruled that his testimony would be permitted.
References to the alleged hit man were made during the prosecutions opening statement.
The prosecution has made a number of serious blunders during the trial and today was no different.
The only witness to testify today was St. Louis County medical examiner, Mary Case.
Case took the stand and the judge stopped her testimony mid-sentence and had the jury escorted out.
The Chicago tribune reports that Judge Burmila had an issue with Case’s testimony because she said that she had reviewed reports and statements about the Savio case from witnesses who have been or will be called, as well as similar documents from people the state does not intend to call or whose testimony was barred.
The defense had not raised an objection during Case’s testimony but that did state that the prosecution was at fault for allowing Case to mention the names of witnesses that were not testifying either because they were barred or because they will not be called as witnesses.
The judge ended up instructing the jury to disregard any of the names that Case mentioned and the trial was allowed to continue.
Case testified that the injuries to Kathleen Savio’s head, in her option, did not result from a fall in the bathtub and that she could not have fallen fast enough to her to hit her head with enough force to be knocked out.
She also said that she believed the manner of death was a homicide.
That echos the testimony from Dr Larry Blum, a forensic pathologist who performed the second autopsy on Savio’s body. He unequivocally stated that he believed the cause to be a homicide.
Stay tuned for more Drew Peterson trial updates.