Here is your daily Drew Peterson trial update.
The trial is in it’s second week and this week witness after witness have testified about conversations they had with Kathleen Savio before her death.
Their testimony has been allowed because Judge Burmila is now ruling on each “hearsay” statement as it arises.
This is a major victory for the prosecution since these hearsay statements, also known as testimony from the grave, may be able to be presented.
Although the the case is purely circumstantial since there has been, up to this point, no physical evidence tying Peterson to the death of his 3rd wife, the prosecution is trying to prove that Drew Peterson did indeed murder his 3rd wife and staged it to look like an accident.
The hearsay statements are therefore vital since there is no physical evidence.
There are a number of witnesses who have said that Savio told them she was afraid of her husband. Even Peterson’s 4th wife, the still missing Stacy Peterson, had told others that she too was afraid of her husband.
The common denominator is that according to the testimony presented this week by those who knew and had relationships with her, Peterson’s 3rd wife Kathy Savio was very afraid of her ex-husband and claimed that he threatened her numerous time before her death.
Yesterday, Kristin Anderson, a friend of Savio’s testified that 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.
Today another friend, Mary Parks testified that Savio showed her marks on her neck and told her they were caused by Peterson grabbing her and pinning her down. Parks also said Savio told her. “He could kill her and make her disappear”
The most damaging statement for the defense was when Parks testified that Savio told her that her ex-husband said, “Why don’t you just die?” and then opened up her shirt to show her marks on her neck, according to ABC news.
She said she did not even attend Savio’s wake and funeral because she was afraid of meeting Drew Peterson.
These statements presented nearly echo statements that Stacy Peterson allegedly told her Pastor, Rev. Neil Schori.
The Pastor came forward after Stacy Peterson disappeared 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”.
And although Judge Burmilla told the Jury to disregard the statement from Savio’s neighbor Thomas Pontarelli , who can forget his statement when he said he was left a message in his driveway – a bullet – and that he attributed that action to Drew Peterson.
There has been testimony from professionals who responded to the crime scene, nearly all of whom had a professional relationship with the former Bolingbrook Police Sergeant.
They have admitted to not viewing the death as a homicide thereby not following protocols that would normally be undertaken if a homicide was suspected.
One Officer even admitted to allowing Peterson to sit in on an interview with his 4th wife Stacy Peterson when they were interviewing her regarding Savio’s death.
The defense is, as expected, working toward picking apart all of the testimony trying to find holes in the testimony presented.
They are paying extra attention to dates and times and trying to discredit witnesses.
Try as they might, the testimony presented is so similar that it is downright eerie.
Will the jury feel the same way?
Kris Peterson, Drew Peterson son was also in the courtroom for a short time today.
The Chicago Tribune reported Kris Peterson signed a release of his claims thah he had against his father, which appears to end a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Kathleen Savio’s family on behalf of her estate according to defense attorney Joel Brodsky.
The Drew Peterson trial resumes on Friday so please check back daily for Drew Peterson trial updates.