The Drew Peterson trial had made it into week 5 without a mistrial or acquittal being granted .
This is somewhat surprising considering the amount of errors made earlier in the trial by the prosecution.
The prosecution certainly has their work cut out for them. Although the court of public opinion believes that Drew Peterson is guilty of killing both his 3rd wife, Kathleen Savio and his fourth wife Stacy Peterson, he is on trial for the murder of third wife Kathleen Savio and there is no physical evidence tying him to the crime scene. None.
Prosecutors have been laying their foundation during the first four weeks of the trial in their attempt to prove to jurors that, although the evidence is circumstantial, that Peterson did indeed murder Kathleen Savio and staged the crime scene to make it look like an accident.
They rested their case yesterday morning. Now Peterson’s defense team has their turn.
Yesterday a few witnesses were called in the afternoon and the defense resumed calling more witnesses today.
The Peterson jurors, 12 jurors and 4 alternates, are either bored or really like attention since they have been getting press lately for their attire.
First it was color coordinated outfits, then they were all wearing sports jerseys and today, according to the Sun Times, they sauntered into the courtroom wearing red, white and blue and sat in order of red, white and blue.
They certainly seem to be a chummy bunch – wonder what that will mean when they will retire to deliberate the fate of Drew Peterson’s guilt or innocence.
Two expert witnesses testified for the defense today.
Jeffrey Jentzen testified as an expert witness for the defense today. He was the chief medical examiner for Milwaukee and now teaches at the University of Michigan.
His testimony indicated that the alleged fall that Savio took in the bathtub was simply a fall in contrast to other testimony we have heard previously that indicated that Savio’s foot/toes were pointed unnaturally.
He said that he saw no signs of a struggle and that his opinion was that Savio’s death resulted from an accidental drowning.
He also said that Savio’s head injury was a “classic injury” caused by a fall, would not have bled right away and the force of that type of injury could have rendered unconscious.
He also completely disagreed with the prosecution witness Mary Case, a forensic pathologist who, in her previous testimony, said that Savio would have had brain damage if she was knocked unconscious.
The second expert witness that the defense called today was Dr. Vincent DiMaio who is a long-time and apparently well respected forensic pathologist.
He too claimed that Kathleen Savio’s death was an accident due to the fall in her bathtub.
The Chicago tribune noted that Dr, Maio said that the pattern of Savio injuries was up and down the left side of the body which is the pattern of a fall and not an assault.
Two Illinois State Policemen testified v interviewing Kristin Anderson, a friend of Kathleen Savio’s. In Anderson’s previous testimony, she said that Savio kept a knife under her mattress for protection.
Drew Peterson was informed today by the judge of his right to testify or not to testify and he will be asking him for his decision when the defense rests its case.
Will Peterson actually take the stand?
He appears smug enough, based on previous TV appearances , to think that he can convince anyone of anything.
Will his lawyers advise against it or allow it? Perhaps if they think that the testimony of their 2 two experts witnesses is not enough to sway the jury in his favor, they may put Peterson on the stand
The Drew Peterson trial resumes Wednesday morning with the defense expected to call more witnesses.