Tomorrow marks the end of the fourth week in the Drew Peterson trial and the prosecution might wrap up their portion of the case on Friday.
Drew Peterson is on trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio in case that is based purely on circumstantial evidence.
Savio’s cause of death was initially ruled as an accidental drowning. It was only after Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy Peterson disappeared that Savio’s body was exhumed and the cause of death was determined to be by homicide.
Although Peterson has not yet been charged in the presumed murder of his 4th wife, she reportedly told a number of friends, as well as her Pastor, that she was scared of her husband, Drew Peterson, and that he killed Savio and staged the crime scene to make it look accidental.
Witnesses have testified that Savio was also scared of her ex-husband, former Bolingbrook Police Sergeant and told them that he was waiting for her in her home and had a knife.
What makes this case so unique is that since neither woman is able to testify information that they told others, a term coined “hearsay” or testimony from the grave plays a key role in shaping the case.
The trial Judge rules on each instance of this hearsay testimony and has allowed a number of witnesses to testify about what Kathleen Savio told them.
Famed restauranteur Jeff Ruby was booted from court in the morning after he was caught mouthing an expletive at Peterson.
Apparently Peterson told his attorney and a Sheriff’s deputy also witnessed it.
Ruby made news during the second week of the Peterson trial when he bought ad space in the Aug. 7 issue of The Herald-News that said “Shameless!” blasting Drew Peterson’s legal team of attorneys Joel Brodsky, Steve Greenburg and Joe Lopez.
Ruby is not allowed back in the courtroom.
Stacy Peterson’s Pastor, Neil Schori , was permitted to testify about most of the things that Stacy Peterson told him.
The Chicago tribune reports that Rev Schori was not allowed to testify that Drew Peterson told Stacy Peterson how to lie to police about his whereabouts at the time of Savio’s death in order to commit the perfect crime.
He did have plenty of other testimony that was allowed. He testified that Stacy Peterson said that she woke up in the middle of the night on the weekend of Savio’s death and her husband was not there.
She could not find him in the house and even tried to call him on his cell phone.
She found him in the laundry room and that he was dressed in black, had a bag with him and was taking off his clothes and placing his clothes and the women’s clothes in the washing machine.
Also Rev. Schori testified that Stacy said that Drew Peterson coached her on what to say to police after Savio died and she admitted to Schori that she lied to the police.
The jury did not hear any references to the “perfect murder” which is what Stacy Peterson allegedly told her Pastor that her husband said he was committing. The judge barred rules that it was privileged communication between husband and wife.
Will the prosecution wrap up their end of the case on Friday as they have hinted that they will?
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