In a case that has captured national interest, testimony in the Drew Peterson trial continued on Friday.
Today marks the end of the first week of the Drew Peterson trial.
One of the jurors was sick so the proceedings were cut short today because one of the male jurors was ill and his cough was disruptive.
On Thursday, a good part of the morning was spent debating whether a motion for mistrial would be granted or not.
That was because on Wednesday, ( see Drew Peterson trial update murder trial day 2 recap) one of the Kathleen Savio’s neighbors, Thomas Pontarelli testified.
He was asked what has now been deemed inappropriate questions by the prosecution. He had responded to one of the questions by saying that he believed Drew Peterson left him a message – a bullet that was left in his driveway.
The mistrial motion was addressed and denied by Judge Burmilla.
Other witnesses then testified including a locksmith that had let Peterson into Savio’s home, a paramedic that responded after Kathleen Savio was found dead in her bathtub as well as a Fire Depart Lieutenant (see Drew Peterson trial update murder trial day 3 recap no mistrial).
Kathleen Savio’s sister, Anna Doman was on the stand today.
It remains to be seen whether her testimony was more helpful to the prosecution or to the defense.
Doman’s hearsay testimony was permitted. She testified about what her sister said to her.
MSNBC reports that this is what Doman said in court,
She said that Drew told her he was going to kill her, she was not going to make it to the divorce settlement, she would not get his pension or his children, She made me promise over and over that I would take care of her boys, over and over (she said), ‘I want to hear you say it because everything’s going to them.’
On the surface, Doman’s testimony appears to be helpful to the prosecution.
However other information was elicited from her that might not be so helpful.
She testified that she did not come forward with what her sister said to her until 3 years later – after Stacy Peterson, Drew Peterson’s 4th wife disappeared.
She also said that when did finally speak out it was to Great Van Sustern and not to the police. She that no one would listen when she did try to call the police but could not produce any evidence that she made the calls.
It goes without saying that she might have been intimidated since Drew Peterson had been a Bolingbrook Police Sergeant.
What might have not sat too well though were her comments that, shortly after Savio’s death, she invited Peterson and his sons to a banquet at a Polish hall and that she had never tried to obtain custody of Savio’s children or even, for that matter, to contact them or send them birthday or Christmas cards.
Doman’s testimony was cut short due to the sick juror.
A retired Illinois State Police Sergeant had also been scheduled to testify but could not due to court being adjourned early.
The Drew Peterson trial will resume on Tuesday
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