The Drew Peterson trial is in it’s second week now.
The prosecution is working tirelessly to prove that the investigation conducted for Kathleen Savio’s death was shoddy at best.
They began laying the groundwork yesterday at the Drew Peterson trial by attempting to prove that crime scene protocols were not followed.
Although Savio was found in a dry bathtub, and had blood pouring out of her head, yesterday’s testimony by Illinois State Trooper Robert Deel revealed that, according to him, it wasn’t his job to investigate the blood that was pouring out of Kathleen Savio’s head when the arrived because there was nothing suspicious about the death.
Deputy Will County Coroner Michael VanOver said essentially the same thing but then said, “It’s, it’s hard to explain, I felt it was a homicide.”
Bolingbrook Police Lt James Coughlin testified that Peterson told him, “My life would be easier if she was dead – or died, I don’t recall which word” and shortly thereafter Savio was dead.
Last weeks testimony included Kathleen Savio’s own sister Anna Doman who said she too felt Peterson was responsible but did not say anything for over 3 years.
Were all of the people blinded by Peterson’s position as a Bolingbrook Sergeant or were they intimidated?
A neighbor of Savio’s who found her body said that he believed Peterson had sent him a message – a bullet left in his driveway. Jurors have been instructed to disregard that testimony.
There was objections over Lt. Coughlin’s testimony on Tuesday brought up because the defense believes that the prosecutors withheld information.
Judge Burmilla agreed and will now allow testimony from the FBI agent who took Coughlin’s statement regarding what he said Peterson said to him.
There may be a problem with Coughlin’s statements though because the defense is saying that Peterson was not in court, where Coughlin, says he saw him so no doubt the defense will zero in on that in an attempt to discredit what Coughlin testified to.
Patrick Collins, a retired Illinois Police Sergeant was the first witness.
He worked the crime scene with Illinois Trooper Deel and previously had said that the Savio case was his first homicide that he worked.
He also said that he deferred to Deel and asked if anything needed to be collected and that Deel replied that the death appeared to be accidental so that it was not necessary.
He also admitted to allowing Drew Peterson to sit in on the interview that he and another officer conducted with Stacy Peterson, regarding the death of Savio – something that he had never done before.
He said that Drew Peterson had said that Stacy was very shaken by the death and it was matter of professional courtesy.
Will Collins testimony help to bolster the defense claims of a shoddy investigation due to Peterson’s position and contacts within the community?
Today’s most explosive testimony in the Drew Peterson trial update likley came from Kristin Anderson, a friend of Savio’s.
She broke down before she started testifying and had to leave for a few minutes to compose herself.
She testified that Kathleen Savio was very afraid of Drew Peterson.
The Chicago Tribune reported that she said Savio told her that
Drew had broken in to her house dressed in a SWAT uniform, held a knife to her throat and told her, ‘I could kill you and make it look like an accident.
Anderson testified that Savio also showed her a knife she kept “between the mattresses” for protection.
There was a also a significant development in allowing hearsay evidence.
Judge Burmila has previously denied a motion to admit each of the hearsay statements against Peterson, saying he would uphold a prior judge’s ruling that found eight of the statements were too unreliable to be heard in court.
Today, Judge Burmila said he is not bound by a prior judge’s rulings on what hearsay statements can be heard by jurors and will make a ruling on each of the statements individually as prosecutors seek to admit them.
That means that hearsay statements may be allowed even though those same statements were not permitted permitted previously.
This may open the door to allow testimony, for example, from Stacy Peterson’s Pastor.
The previous judge on the case, Judge White, had ruled that the Pastor cannot testify as to what Stacy Peterson told him on the basis of hearsay.
After Stacy Peterson disappeared, her Pastor, the Rev. Neil Schori, came forward and said that Stacy had told him that her husband, Drew Peterson, had killed Kathleen Savio and had made it look like an accident and that she was afraid of her husband. Pastor Schori also said that that Stacy told him that Peterson told her what to tell police so the slaying would be “the perfect crime.”