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Post by Snaz on Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:21 pm

Drew Peterson Arrested in Kathleen Savio Murder

Posted on: May 8th, 2009




Drew Peterson, 55, a retired police officer from Bolingbrook, Illinois was arrested on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m., just hours after a grand jury handed down a two-count indictment in the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

The suspect was arrested a short distance from his home (see video below) and was taken into custody. He is being held in Will County on a $20 million bond. The charges are that Peterson intentionally killed Savio and knowingly performed an act to cause great bodily harm.

Savio, 40, and Peterson were divorced at the time of her death, and she was living with their two children just three blocks from where Drew was residing with wife number four Stacy Peterson. Savio was found dead in a bathtub, and though there were signs of body trauma, the coroner’s report ruled the death an accidental drowning.

Stacy Peterson provided an alibi for her husband but at some point told her minister that Drew Peterson had killed Kathleen Savio and had made it look like an accident. She said she was afraid of her husband.

Stacy Peterson, 24, disappeared on October 28, 2007 and has not been heard from since. Two weeks later, Kathleen Savio’s body was exhumed and a second autopsy performed. The finding was that the body had been battered and the cause of death was changed from accidental death to a homicide.

Drew Peterson’s four underage children have been placed in the care of Stephen Peterson, a relative and police officer in the Chicago suberb of Oak Brook, Illinois.


http://www.bittenandbound.com/2009/05/08/drew-peterson-arrested-in-kathleen-savio-murder-video/


Judge to allow public access to Drew Peterson hearing

Steve Schmadeke, WGN News
January 8, 2010♠

CHICAGO - The public will have access to a first-of-its-kind hearing later this month at which prosecutors are expected to lay out much of their case against Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police officer charged with drowning his third wife in 2004.

Peterson's attorneys took the rare step of asking a judge to seal the courtroom for a Jan. 19 hearing required under a new state law on hearsay evidence.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow and an attorney representing the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press argued this morning that the hearing -- which could last more than two weeks and feature testimony from 60 people -- should be open to the public.

"In the United States of America, we don't do that," Glasgow said of barring the public from court proceedings. "We do it out in the open."

Prosecutors want Judge Stephen White to allow hearsay statements from 15 people to be heard by a jury. They must first convince White at the upcoming hearing that a "preponderance of the evidence" shows Peterson killed ex-wife Kathleen Savio.

Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky said publicly airing "sensational" statements that may never be heard at trial would undoubtedly prejudice jurors. He gave the judge five possible options - ranging from closing the hearing to all but certain Savio family members to sealing his findings on whether Peterson likely killed her.

In the end, White decided there was no reason to keep the hearing closed.

"Transparency in legal proceedings is essential," Brodsky said in court this morning, before White's ruling. "But there is a right of the defendant...and right of the state to have an impartial jury hear the case."

Glasgow told White that there must be a "substantial probability" that the jury pool would be tainted and that there was no other way -- such as through the normal juror selection process -- to address it.

Seth Stern, a lawyer for the newspapers, said sealing a court proceeding like the one planned for Jan. 19 should only be a "last resort" that is typically only used in cases involving national security.


http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-peterson-hearsay-ban-jan10,0,3954188.story


Peterson pretrial hearing will be open to public

January 9, 2010

BY JOE HOSEY Herald-News

The bid by Drew Peterson's lawyers to bar the public from a landmark hearsay hearing failed Friday, setting the stage for potentially explosive testimony to air in a proceeding that could last longer than a month.

Judge Stephen White rejected the arguments of Peterson's attorneys Joel Brodsky and Andrew Abood that keeping the hearing open might bias potential jurors against their client, who is accused of drowning his wife.

The hearing will determine what, if any, hearsay evidence will be allowed at Peterson's murder trial. Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow countered Peterson's lawyers and called sealing the hearing un-American.

"You've all heard of the Spanish Inquisition," Glasgow said. "You close the doors, and bad things happen. We don't do that in America."

Brodsky pointed to the child pornography case of R&B sensation R. Kelly as his reason for keeping the public out of Peterson's hearing. Some of those proceedings, which included the playing of a videotape of Kelly allegedly having sex with an underage girl, were closed to the public.

"There was some sensational evidence," Brodsky said. "It was because of the sensationalism, and [the judge] didn't want any potential jurors hearing anything about that tape."

At the upcoming hearing, Peterson could face up to 60 prosecution witnesses -- ranging from a man he allegedly solicited to kill his third wife, Kathleen Savio, to his stepbrother Thomas Morphey, who claims he was asked by Peterson to kill his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, and that he later helped carry her body out of the family home in a blue barrel.

Peterson is charged with drowning Savio in 2004. State Police suspect he also might have killed Stacy Peterson, who vanished in October 2007. Peterson has not been charged in connection with her disappearance.

"We're just pleased the court weighed the importance of the First Amendment considerations at issue and made the right decision," said Seth Stern, an attorney appearing on behalf of Sun-Times Media and other media outlets.

Brodsky said the testimony he wanted kept from the public is "rumor, innuendo and gossip."


http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/1981608,CST-NWS-drew09.article


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Post by Estee on Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:54 am

This is something I hope is telecast...if not at least you've provided links to keep us updated...The Smug SOB is right where he belongs....wonder if he's in gen pop, and how he likes it...
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Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:07 pm

Here's a link to a lot of different articles regarding this case if you are interested:

http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Drew+Peterson

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Post by Guest on Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:14 pm

wow! 2 at once...

ANyone know if this will be broadcast on a live feed? Will Drew be there (with his bling in tow)

Now this will be interesting.. once this one is over, maybe they can plea for his life by telling everyone where he put Stacey....

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Post by Estee on Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:00 am

Glad this is gonna happen today....after a DEPRESSING day yesterday, today is looking up...Don't know how I'm gonna juggle this and work...The latest at the Sun Times site says this could last a month...
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Post by Estee on Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:09 am

Didn't see anything about telecast at Sun Times or WGNTV...so maybe I'll just have to read the updates... newspaper
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Post by Snaz on Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:33 am

Stacy Peterson and Kathleen Savio’s voices to be heard
The Drew Peterson case: 2 wives to have major roles in pretrial hearing into drowning

By Steve Schmadeke
Tribune reporter

January 17, 2010

Former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson is charged with drowning estranged wife Kathleen Savio, but much of the information likely to be presented at a unique pretrial hearing that starts Tuesday will involve the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.

For Stacy’s family, the hearing will provide their first detailed look at what was uncovered during the massive investigation launched after she vanished in 2007. Her disappearance and the exhumation afterward of Savio’s body and reclassification of her death as a homicide helped turn the case into national tabloid fodder.

Stacy’s family immediately feared the worst. She had talked of divorcing Peterson, and on the Saturday night before she disappeared, her sister Cassandra Cales said, Stacy leaned over the kitchen table in the Peterson home and whispered: “If I go missing, come find me.”

Kathleen Savio’s family also is hoping for more answers. After her sister drowned in 2004 while going through a bitter custody battle with Peterson, Sue Doman placed a note in her coffin asking her to tell her how she’d died, Doman told the Tribune last year.

When the body was later exhumed, Doman added a flower and a new note that read: “I’d been waiting four years and you still haven’t told me — so please tell me what happened to you,” she said.

For prosecutors and defense attorneys, the hearing that starts Tuesday and is expected to last a month will be a high-stakes marathon.

Prosecutors must prove by a “preponderance of evidence” that Peterson made Stacy or Kathleen “unavailable” to testify against him. If they succeed, Judge Stephen White has the option, under a new state law championed by State’s Attorney James Glasgow, of allowing certain statements to be heard at a jury trial.

One of the linchpins of the government’s case may be hearsay statements that Stacy and Kathleen allegedly made to others.

“Drew Peterson has told me he’s going to kill me and make it look like an accident,” is how Glasgow in court described the statement Savio allegedly made to “trusted friends and relatives.”

Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky last week said the hearsay statements were “rumor and innuendo and gossip” from “out-and-out unreliable people.”

As part of their case to essentially prove, under a lower standard than required at trial, that Peterson killed his wife, prosecutors have subpoenaed records of “bathtub-related fatalities” from 14 Illinois counties, including Will, DuPage, Lake and Cook, for the years 2003 to 2005, according to court records.

Prosecutors will likely use them to argue that the circumstances of Savio’s death — the 1-inch gash on her head, along with bruises and cuts elsewhere — are so singular that she could only have been murdered.

Glasgow has said Savio’s death was “staged to look like an accident” and that Peterson knew facts about the manner of death only the killer could have known.

Brodsky agrees that the autopsy results are straightforward — but that they clearly point to an accidental drowning.

It may be a daunting task for Judge White. Prosecutors have turned over lists of hundreds of pieces of evidence in Savio’s death and Peterson’s disappearance.

There are hundreds of potential witnesses, including two former acquaintances of Peterson who wore wires and also videotaped him, Brodsky has said in court, asking that prosecutors reveal whether they were paid.

It’s not clear how or when prosecutors will address their own handling of the Savio case. Glasgow expressed frustration with his predecessor at a hearing last spring, noting that a letter Savio wrote to prosecutors alleging that Peterson sneaked into her home in 2002 and held a knife to her throat did not result in battery charges being filed.

Prosecutors have said in court that in Savio’s original autopsy, the pathologist was not asked to rule on the manner of death. A coroner’s jury ruled it accidental.


http://petersonstory.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/stacy-peterson-and-kathleen-savios-voices-to-be-heard/

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Post by Snaz on Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:40 am

FYI.... from what I've read, cameras are not allowed in Illinois courtrooms. So, if you are interested, you may want to keep up with the case at the link I provided in the previous article.

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Post by Estee on Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:26 pm

i'm gonna check out news @ 1p on WGN...I'm surprised that HLN and TRUTV doesnt have a reporter there...
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Post by Snaz on Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:30 pm

Drew Peterson hearsay hearings start today


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Post by Estee on Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:38 pm

Snaz...Thank you..Thank you..Thank you
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Drew Peterson is charged with drowning estranged wife Kathleen Savio

Post by Snaz on Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:43 pm

The Drew Peterson case: 2 wives to have major roles in pretrial hearing into drowning

By Steve Schmadeke Tribune reporter
January 17, 2010

Former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson is charged with drowning estranged wife Kathleen Savio, but much of the information likely to be presented at a unique pretrial hearing that starts Tuesday will involve the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.

For Stacy's family, the hearing will provide their first detailed look at what was uncovered during the massive investigation launched after she vanished in 2007. Her disappearance and the exhumation afterward of Savio's body and reclassification of her death as a homicide helped turn the case into national tabloid fodder.

Stacy's family immediately feared the worst. She had talked of divorcing Peterson, and on the Saturday night before she disappeared, her sister Cassandra Cales said, Stacy leaned over the kitchen table in the Peterson home and whispered: "If I go missing, come find me."

Kathleen Savio's family also is hoping for more answers. After her sister drowned in 2004 while going through a bitter custody battle with Peterson, Sue Doman placed a note in her coffin asking her to tell her how she'd died, Doman told the Tribune last year.

When the body was later exhumed, Doman added a flower and a new note that read: "I'd been waiting four years and you still haven't told me -- so please tell me what happened to you," she said.

For prosecutors and defense attorneys, the hearing that starts Tuesday and is expected to last a month will be a high-stakes marathon.

Prosecutors must prove by a "preponderance of evidence" that Peterson made Stacy or Kathleen "unavailable" to testify against him. If they succeed, Judge Stephen White has the option, under a new state law championed by State's Attorney James Glasgow, of allowing certain statements to be heard at a jury trial.

One of the linchpins of the government's case may be hearsay statements that Stacy and Kathleen allegedly made to others.

"Drew Peterson has told me he's going to kill me and make it look like an accident," is how Glasgow in court described the statement Savio allegedly made to "trusted friends and relatives."

Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky last week said the hearsay statements were "rumor and innuendo and gossip" from "out-and-out unreliable people."

As part of their case to essentially prove, under a lower standard than required at trial, that Peterson killed his wife, prosecutors have subpoenaed records of "bathtub-related fatalities" from 14 Illinois counties, including Will, DuPage, Lake and Cook, for the years 2003 to 2005, according to court records.

Prosecutors will likely use them to argue that the circumstances of Savio's death -- the 1-inch gash on her head, along with bruises and cuts elsewhere -- are so singular that she could only have been murdered.

Glasgow has said Savio's death was "staged to look like an accident" and that Peterson knew facts about the manner of death only the killer could have known.

Brodsky agrees that the autopsy results are straightforward -- but that they clearly point to an accidental drowning.

It may be a daunting task for Judge White. Prosecutors have turned over lists of hundreds of pieces of evidence in Savio's death and Peterson's disappearance.

There are hundreds of potential witnesses, including two former acquaintances of Peterson who wore wires and also videotaped him, Brodsky has said in court, asking that prosecutors reveal whether they were paid.

It's not clear how or when prosecutors will address their own handling of the Savio case. Glasgow expressed frustration with his predecessor at a hearing last spring, noting that a letter Savio wrote to prosecutors alleging that Peterson sneaked into her home in 2002 and held a knife to her throat did not result in battery charges being filed.

Prosecutors have said in court that in Savio's original autopsy, the pathologist was not asked to rule on the manner of death. A coroner's jury ruled it accidental.


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Post by Snaz on Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:47 pm

Witness: Former Ill. cop threatened to kill wife

By DON BABWIN
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010; 2:46 PM

JOLIET, Ill. -- Former police officer Drew Peterson threw his wife to the floor one night, grabbed her throat and told her he "could kill her there and then," a one-time co-worker of the wife testified Tuesday at a hearing to determine what evidence can be admitted in Peterson's murder trial.

Kathleen Savio, Drew Peterson's third wife, who mysteriously drowned in a bathtub six years ago, essentially is testifying from the grave during the hearing. Witnesses are expected to tell a judge how Savio discussed and wrote about her fears that Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, would kill her.

The hearing, projected to last three weeks, is expected to provide the first detailed look at evidence prosecutors contend ties Peterson to Savio's 2004 death. It stems from a state law that allows a judge to admit hearsay evidence in first-degree murder cases if prosecutors can prove a defendant killed a witness to prevent him or her from testifying.

Issam Karam, who said he worked with Savio at Parkway Imaging in Romeoville in late 2003, testified that Savio told him she had come home one night looking forward to a bath and glass of wine when Peterson threw her to the floor. Savio said the incident occurred after she had changed the locks to the home.

Karam said Peterson grabbed Savio's throat and had a knife. Savio showed him a bruise on her arm, Karam said.

"(Peterson) said nothing that she could do would make her safe," Karam said. "She could not run or hide. He could kill her there and then."

Another witness, Savio's boss, testified that a number of times a Bolingbrook squad car was parked in front of her Romeoville business while Savio was inside. Lisa Mordente said that on one occasion, Savio was returning from lunch and approached another vehicle parked outside and spoke to a man inside.

"She was very shaken up when she came back in, her hand was shaking, she had tears, she was a mess," Mordente said.

Mordente also testified that Savio told her it was Peterson outside and they were fighting over money.

Mordente's testimony highlighted what is sure to be a key part of the trial - the fact that Peterson was a police officer. His attorneys have raised questions about why witnesses didn't notify police if they believed Savio feared Peterson.

Mordente said she didn't call police when she learned Savio died "because it wouldn't have helped."

"Kathleen had stated on several occasions she had called police," Mordente said.

During the hearing, prosecutors will present to Will County Judge Stephen White about 60 witnesses to testify about 15 hearsay statements. White will then decide if the jury can hear any or all of those statements when Peterson stands trial. Peterson has pleaded not guilty to murdering Savio, whose body was found in a dry tub. A trial date hasn't been set.

The Illinois Legislature passed the hearsay law after authorities named Peterson a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, then exhumed the body of Savio and reopened the investigation into her death.

While neither side has talked much about the evidence in the case, from the day Peterson was arrested, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow has made it clear that allowing Savio to tell jurors why Peterson wanted her dead is crucial to his case.

"In essence, what you're basically allowing the victim of a violent crime to do is testify from the grave," Glasgow, who pushed for passage of the bill, told reporters in May shortly after Peterson was arrested.

The list of witnesses remains under seal, but Savio's niece, Melissa Doman, said her mother, Anna Doman, is among those who have been called to testify.

"It would be about things my Aunt Kitty (Savio) told my mom about how she was afraid for her life, she said she was afraid of Drew," Melissa Doman said, adding that she has not been called to testify.

Also expected to testify are other members of Savio's family, including her sister, Susan Savio. It was Susan Savio who told a coroner's jury shortly after her sister's death that Kathleen Savio had told family members that, "if she would die, it may look like an accident, but it wasn't."

The death initially was ruled an accidental drowning - until Stacy Peterson's disappearance led officials to exhume Savio's body, conduct another autopsy and conclude Savio was the victim of a homicide. Drew Peterson has not been charged in Stacy Peterson's disappearance.

Other possible witnesses who could be asked to testify about the stormy relationship between Drew Peterson and Savio are his former colleagues. Eighteen times in two years, police were called to the couple's Bolingbrook home to respond to reports of trouble between the two, with Savio telling officers that her husband had beaten her and threatened to kill her. Peterson was never charged. Savio was charged with domestic battery and later was acquitted.

There also are court documents that prosecutors are expected to present into evidence, including a 2002 order of protection in which Savio alleges that Peterson knocked her down, ripped off her necklace and left marks on her body.

"He wants me dead, and if he has to, he will burn the house down just to shut me up," she wrote.

Among the more intriguing possible witnesses are members of the clergy at a Bolingbrook church attended by Stacy Peterson. In the days after her disappearance, there were media reports that she had told a clergyman a couple months earlier that Drew Peterson had confessed to her that he killed Savio and made it look like an accident.

Peterson's attorneys have made it clear that they will attack the credibility of at least some of the witnesses.

"All it is, is rumor, innuendo and gossip," defense attorney Joel Brodsky said after a recent hearing concerning information contained in the 15 statements. "People had ulterior motives for saying what they said or are out-and-out unreliable people."

The defense is not expected to call any witnesses of its own during the hearing.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/19/AR2010011900330.html

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Post by Snaz on Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:53 pm

Testimony ‘from the grave’ in Peterson case
Peterson's 3rd wife drowned in bathtub; witnesses will recount her fears

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JOLIET, Ill. - Former police officer Drew Peterson threw his wife to the floor one night, grabbed her throat and told her he "could kill her there and then," a one-time co-worker of the wife testified Tuesday at a hearing to determine what evidence can be admitted in Peterson's murder trial.

Kathleen Savio, Drew Peterson's third wife, who mysteriously drowned in a bathtub six years ago, essentially is testifying from the grave during the hearing. Witnesses are expected to tell a judge how Savio discussed and wrote about her fears that Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, would kill her.

The hearing is expected to provide the first detailed look at evidence prosecutors contend ties Peterson to Savio's death. It stems from a state law that allows a judge to admit hearsay evidence — testimony from witnesses who recount what they heard from others — in first-degree murder cases if prosecutors can prove a defendant killed a witness to prevent him or her from testifying.

Issam Karam, who said he worked with Savio at Parkway Imaging in Romeoville in late 2003, testified that Savio told him she had come home one night looking forward to a bath and glass of wine when Peterson threw her to the floor. Savio said the incident occurred after she had changed the locks to the home.

‘He could kill her there and then’
Karam said Peterson grabbed Savio's throat and had a knife. Savio showed him a bruise on her arm, Karam said.

"(Peterson) said nothing that she could do would make her safe," Karam said. "She could not run or hide. He could kill her there and then."

During the hearing, which is expected to last three weeks, prosecutors will present to Will County Judge Stephen White about 60 witnesses to testify about 15 hearsay statements. White will then decide if the jury can hear any or all of those statements when Peterson stands trial. Peterson has pleaded not guilty to murdering Savio, whose body was found in a dry tub. A trial date hasn't been set.

The Illinois Legislature passed the hearsay law after authorities named Peterson a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, then exhumed the body of Savio and reopened the investigation into her 2004 death. Though the bill's sponsors were careful never to link the law publicly to Peterson, it has been referred to as "Drew's Law," and his attorneys have long suggested it was passed to put Peterson behind bars.

While neither side has talked much about the evidence in the case, from the day Peterson was arrested, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow has made it clear that allowing Savio to tell jurors why Peterson wanted her dead is crucial to his case.

"In essence, what you're basically allowing the victim of a violent crime to do is testify from the grave," Glasgow, who pushed for passage of the bill, told reporters in May shortly after Peterson was arrested.

‘She was afraid of Drew’
The list of witnesses remains under seal, but Savio's niece, Melissa Doman, said her mother, Anna Doman, is among those who have been called to testify.

"It would be about things my Aunt Kitty (Savio) told my mom about how she was afraid for her life, she said she was afraid of Drew," Melissa Doman said, adding that she has not been called to testify.

Also expected to testify are other members of Savio's family, including her sister, Susan Savio. It was Susan Savio who told a coroner's jury shortly after her sister's death that Kathleen Savio had told family members that, "if she would die, it may look like an accident, but it wasn't."

The death initially was ruled an accidental drowning — until Stacy Peterson's disappearance led officials to exhume Savio's body, conduct another autopsy and conclude Savio was the victim of a homicide. Drew Peterson has not been charged in Stacy Peterson's disappearance.

Other possible witnesses who could be asked to testify about the stormy relationship between Drew Peterson and Savio are his former colleagues. Eighteen times in two years, police were called to the couple's Bolingbrook home to respond to reports of trouble between the two, with Savio telling officers that her husband had beaten her and threatened to kill her. Peterson was never charged. Savio was charged with domestic battery and later was acquitted.

There also are court documents that prosecutors are expected to present into evidence, including a 2002 order of protection in which Savio alleges that Peterson knocked her down, ripped off her necklace and left marks on her body.

"He wants me dead, and if he has to, he will burn the house down just to shut me up," she wrote.

Witnesses' credibility under attack
Among the more intriguing possible witnesses are members of the clergy at a Bolingbrook church attended by Stacy Peterson. In the days after her disappearance, there were media reports that she had told a clergyman a couple months earlier that Drew Peterson had confessed to her that he killed Savio and made it look like an accident.

Peterson's attorneys have made it clear that they will attack the credibility of at least some of the witnesses.

"All it is, is rumor, innuendo and gossip," defense attorney Joel Brodsky said after a recent hearing concerning information contained in the 15 statements. "People had ulterior motives for saying what they said or are out-and-out unreliable people."

The defense is not expected to call any witnesses of its own during the hearing.

"People should not think this is going to be the trial," Brodsky said.

He said the hearing will help Peterson.

"We think that even in this questioning, a lot of beliefs that people have about what was said and who said them are going to be burst, dashed," he said.


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Post by FystyAngel on Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:34 pm

Wow, it's amazing how a lawyer will attack anyone and they always seem to get away with it. Even a "clergyman". Sad really. I wonder if there will ever be "justice served" for these women.

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Post by Estee on Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:52 pm

I dont know, Fysty....but I hope that when that "Drew Law" hits the US Supreme Court that they pass it...It certainly would be helpful in a lot of cases...I told my BFF years ago, when I was married to my last husband, that if I turned up dead or missing , HE did it...I am so thankful that God took him 26yrs ago...or I might not be alive today.....every day is a gift!!!!
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Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:28 pm

Peterson hearsay hearings to continue Thursday

January 20, 2010

Hearings in the Drew Peterson murder case continue Thursday. Judge White will hear from additional witnesses, eventually deciding which hearsay evidence will be allowed in the trial. Joel Brodsky, in a recent telephone interview, said that Judge White has not yet made a decision as to whether he will make public his rulings regarding what he deems admissible or not admissible.

In light of the seriousness of the circumstances involved, namely, the murder charges pending against his client, Joel Brodsky apparently continues to see it in a different way.

Joel Brodsky, however, continued his irreverent approach to the murder case as he handed out pens with his name emblazoned on them to some media members. “If anybody else is good to me, then they get a pen,” he said as he dangled a large bag of Brodsky ballpoints before the courtroom gallery.


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Ex-Savio co-workers tell of Drew Peterson threats
Ex-Bolingbrook police sergeant somberly listens to testimony in hearsay hearing

By Stacy St. Clair, Steve Schmadeke and Erika Slife, Tribune reporters
January 19, 2010


Drew Peterson's lawyer Joel Brodsky draws a crowd of reporters outside the Will County Courthouse in Joliet. Prosecutors have built their murder case around statements, which they say give his ex-wife Kathleen Savio a voice from the grave. The hearing is being held under a new Illinois statute, referred to as Drew's Law, that allows certain types of hearsay at trial. (Tribune photo by Abel Uribe / January 18, 2010)


Looking and acting nothing like the courthouse jester who cracked jokes at his arraignment eight months ago, a somber Drew Peterson listened Tuesday as prosecutors called witnesses intended to help his ex-wife testify from the grave.

The day's most chilling testimony came from two former co-workers who recounted statements Kathleen Savio allegedly made about Peterson's sadistic behavior months before her March 2004 death.

One colleague said Savio, with a bruised arm, detailed a home invasion in which Peterson held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her right there, but it "would be too bloody." Another told the judge that Peterson stalked Savio at the office, sitting in the parking lot for hours and waiting for her to leave.

Neither called the police to share their concerns before — or immediately after — Savio's death because they said she told them that the Bolingbrook Police Department protected Peterson, a decorated sergeant with three decades on the job.

"Kathleen said it wouldn't help," said Lisa Mordente, owner of the Romeoville sign company where Savio was a saleswoman.

Peterson, 56, gave no visible reaction to the testimony, though he often jotted notes on a yellow legal pad and conferred with attorneys. Wearing an ill-fitting red polo shirt, khaki pants and glasses, he occasionally looked into the gallery and gave small smirks to reporters. He has gained about 20 pounds in segregation at the Will County Jail, his attorneys said.

Peterson has been in custody since he was charged in May with Savio's murder. She had drowned and was found in an empty bathtub in her Bolingbrook home March 1, 2004.

Officials initially ruled her death an accident, but after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in October 2007, authorities reopened Savio's case and determined she had been killed. He has not been charged in Stacy Peterson's disappearance.

At his arraignment in May, Peterson joked and hammed it up for the news media. On Tuesday, a grayer and more subdued Peterson sat at the defense table with his back to his gallery for the majority of the proceeding.

He largely ignored the media and spectators, offering only a quick laugh to one reporter's observation that his shirt barely covered his abdomen.

His attorney Joel Brodsky, however, continued his irreverent approach to the murder case as he handed out pens with his name emblazoned on them to some media members.

"If anybody else is good to me, then they get a pen," he said as he dangled a large bag of Brodsky ballpoints before the courtroom gallery.

None of Peterson's family or friends attended the hearing, the first day of testimony in a monthlong proceeding to determine whether hearsay statements should be allowed into evidence if the case goes to trial. Prosecutors are expected to call about 60 witnesses to testify regarding 15 separate statements allegedly made by Savio and Stacy Peterson.

Prosecutors have built their case around those statements, which they say give Savio a voice from the grave. The hearing is being held under a new Illinois statute, referred to as Drew's Law, that allows certain types of hearsay at trial.

"And while we're going to get a good look at what the state's case is, you're not going to see all of the defense's case because we don't have to," Brodsky said on his way into the courthouse. "I don't want to show them all our hand, but they have to show me a good deal of theirs."

Peterson's defense team has a standing objection to the hearsay evidence and is expected to appeal if Will County Judge Steven White deems any of it admissible. They also plan to question the credibility and motivation of the witnesses called by the state. On Tuesday, nine people testified on the prosecution's behalf.

Among the statements in question is the testimony from Issam Karam, who worked with Savio at the Romeoville sign company in late 2003. He told the court that during a visit to her office, she told him that Peterson recently had broken into her home, tackled her on the stairs and held a knife to her throat as he threatened to kill her.

"He told her that nothing she could do would make her safe. She could not run or hide," Karam said. "He said he could kill her right there and then, but he wouldn't because it would be too bloody."

Karam testified that Savio showed him a bruise on her arm and told him it came from the attack. As she recounted the incident, she cried, he said.

"She truly felt her life was in danger," Karam said.

The defense tried to paint Karam as an attention seeker who came forward only after Stacy Peterson's disappearance made national headlines. Karam said he didn't go to the police immediately after Savio's death because he assumed other people knew about the incident and because her death was later ruled an accident.

He planned to write an anonymous letter about Savio's allegations to the media after Stacy Peterson's disappearance in 2007, Karam said, but Illinois State Police contacted him before he mailed the note.

"I felt as a human being that I needed to tell people what Kathleen told me," he said.

Mordente, Savio's former boss, testified that a man stalked Savio at the office in late 2003. A white male would sit outside the building in a car — at least once in a Bolingbrook squad car, other times an unmarked vehicle — and wait for Savio to leave.

On one occasion, Savio approached the car and spoke with the man in the driver's seat. When she returned to the office, she tearfully told her boss that the man was her ex-husband, Mordente testified.

"Her hands were shaking," she said. "She was a mess."

An uncle of Stacy Peterson's testified he overheard Peterson say "let them prove it" when Peterson's friends suggested it "looked bad" for him to have his ex-wife die at such a convenient time in their tumultuous custody and property battle.

"Our family gave Drew the benefit of the doubt," Kyle Toutges testified. "We were told Kathleen was crazy and on drugs and needed to be in a home."

Other testimony focused on a cup of coffee bought at a Bolingbrook Starbucks at 8:44 p.m. Oct. 28, 2007, the day Stacy Peterson disappeared. Prosecutors intend to use videotapes and cash register data from the purchase to bolster Drew Peterson's stepbrother's allegation that the two men were together on the night she disappeared.

Thomas Morphey has told police that Peterson used him to concoct a fake alibi for that day. The defense team dismisses the allegation as lies from a man with a long history of mental illness and multiple suicide attempts.

Prosecutors also quizzed a cell phone company representative over records detailing cell phone calls made on the day she vanished. And a police lieutenant testified that Peterson punched him in the head after a round of locker room horseplay at the Police Department.


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Post by Guest on Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:44 pm

Thanks for all the updates guyz... I see that as many as 50 to 60 witnesses cud be caled and they expect this hearing to take about 3 weeks minumum...

Im not sure if this means that his ruling on the letter wud be anytime before the end...

I hope it can be admissable, but I dont think the state needs the letter, but hopefully he will rule allowing it..

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Hearsay testimony to continue with retired Sgt. Patrick Collins

January 21, 2010 By JOE HOSEY and DAN ROZEK

BOLINGBROOK — Drew Peterson’s stepbrother pieced together the accused wife-killer’s allegedly murderous schemes and revealed how he was supposedly roped into helping dispose of Stacy Peterson’s body. Morphey, whose father is married to Peterson’s mother, told his shocking tale from the witness stand on the second day of a historic hearing to determine what hearsay evidence will be allowed at Peterson’s murder trial. Peterson faces murder charges in connection with the March 2004 apparent bathtub drowning of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Prosecutors are trying to prove he killed Stacy Peterson so she could not testify against him. Stacy Peterson vanished in October 2007. The state police believe she may have been slain and have named Peterson their only suspect in the case but have yet to make an arrest.

Stepbrother testifies

Morphey’s testimony mirrored an exclusive account he gave The Herald-News in March. In that interview, and in court Thursday, Morphey told how Peterson asked him, “Do you love me?’ and when Morphey said he did, continued with, “Enough to kill for me?” When Morphey said he could not live with himself if he killed someone, Peterson asked if he “could live with knowing about it,” to which Morphey replied, “I always assumed you killed Kathleen.” Morphey also told how Peterson dropped him off in a park with a cell phone for about an hour the night after Stacy was last seen alive. He said Peterson told him not to answer the phone when it rang. The phone rang twice, Morphey said, and both times the caller ID showed Stacy’s name. Peterson then picked up Morphey and brought him to the Peterson residence. The two men went inside, Morphey said, and carried a blue plastic barrel weighing about 150 pounds downstairs to Peterson’s sport utility vehicle. Distraught at the notion of aiding Peterson in the murder of his wife, Morphey attempted suicide by overdosing on tranquilizers. The state police interviewed him in the hospital and State’s Attorney James Glasgow granted him immunity for his testimony. Morphey also said Peterson confided that Stacy was cheating on him with two possible lovers, one of whom he wanted to frame for Stacy’s murder. Peterson asked him to drive Stacy’s car to Shorewood, where one of Stacy’s men lived, and leave the car there with the keys in the ashtray in an attempt to lead the cops there, Morphey said. He also said Peterson tried to get him to rent a storage locker in Romeoville. “He said he wanted it in my name, that he would pay me $200 up front to rent it and when that ran out, he (would give) me more money. Concerned about a decomposing body beginning stink, Morphey said he asked, “What about the smell?” but Peterson reassured him. “He said a sealed container, he said it would be air-tight,” Morphey said. “He said I should check it from time to time to make sure there was no odor.” “He’d leave the container there for six months until the smoke cleared and then he’d dispose of it,” Morphey said, and “If something happened to him, if he had a heart attack, to dump it in the canal.” Morphey said Peterson told him Stacy was demanding a divorce. She wanted Peterson out of the house in four days, was seeking custody of their two children along with the two born to Savio, who she adopted, and had her eyes on quite a bit of her old man’s assets. “She wanted half his pension, which meant he had to work for the rest of his life,” Morphey said. Peterson was also worried that if Stacy had custody of his kids, her brother, convicted sexual predator Yelton Cales, could get at them, Morphey said.

‘He’s a very ill man’

During the hearing, Glasgow played a telephone conversation between Peterson and Morphey that was taped by the state police. On the tape, Peterson orders Morphey not to talk to the press or the police, and warns him about discussing things on the phone. One of Peterson’s attorneys, George Lenard, raised the issue of Morphey’s drug and alcohol problems, pointed out that he suffers from bipolar disorder and claimed Peterson just wanted to rent the storage locker so he could hide things in it before Stacy filed for divorce. Another of Peterson’s attorneys, Joel Brodsky, attacked Morphey’s credibility during a break in the hearing.

Drew’s son speaks Morphey was followed to the stand by Peterson’s estranged son Eric Peterson. The older of two children born to Peterson’s first wife, Carol Brown, who is neither missing nor murdered, Eric Peterson, 31, recounted a savage tale of domestic abuse he says Drew Peterson perpetrated on Savio in 1993. Eric Peterson and his younger brother, Stephen Peterson, were visiting their father and Savio for the weekend when Drew hauled his wife through the front door by her hair. “She was being dragged and fighting to stop being dragged,” Eric Peterson said, adding that Savio was shouting obscenities at her husband, begging the children to call the police and “screaming for help.” Eric Peterson said his father ordered his sons upstairs and pulled Savio down to the basement. He said the commotion downstairs sounded like a train ran through the house. One of Savio’s sisters and the police later showed up. The next morning, Eric Peterson said, there was no sign of Savio, but the house was strewn with broken glass and overturned furniture. Eric Peterson said it was apparent that Savio was drunk the night Drew Peterson dragged her around. Eric Peterson said he has not spoken to his father since January 2003. “I don’t love him or hate him,” Eric Peterson said of his father. “It’s separate of emotion. It’s indifference.”

Sergeant takes stand

The last witness called Thursday was retired state police Sgt. Patrick Collins, who headed up the Savio death investigation. In his 22 years as a detective, Collins said he had never handled a homicide. And the Savio case would not be his first, as he and two other investigators decided about a half hour after showing up at Savio’s house that her death was likely accidental. Savio’s death would be officially classified as such following a coroner’s inquest that featured testimony from a state police special agent who said investigators found no sign of foul play. Collins said Peterson told the state police that he and Savio had an amiable relationship at the time of her death and did not stand to profit from her dying. “He said basically he would gain nothing because during the divorce Kathy changed some of the paperwork,” said Collins, whose testimony will continue today.


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Post by Snaz on Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:29 pm

Experts: Police botched 1st Peterson investigation

By MICHAEL TARM and DON BABWIN
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Saturday, January 23, 2010; 1:57 PM

JOLIET, Ill. — From nearly the moment the lead investigator stepped into the suburban Chicago area home where former policeman Drew Peterson’s third wife was found dead in a dry bathtub, he treated her death as a tragic accident.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Patrick Collins collected no forensics evidence from the scene – not fingerprints, unfinished drinks or clothes. Most disturbingly, say experts, Collins let Peterson sit in on what may have been a vital interview.

Six years later, as prosecutors and defense attorneys prepare for Peterson’s trial on charges of murdering Kathleen Savio, one thing has become clear: Police blew the initial investigation, undermining prosecutors’ ability to prove their case.

“The incompetency that comes out is somewhat unbelievable,” said Richard Brzeczek, a former Chicago police superintendent who now works in private criminal defense. “It seems that, pretty fundamentally, what should have been done was not done.”

Among the litany of mistakes: Collins said he never asked anyone whether Savio’s body had been touched or moved, he never tried to account for her body being bent forward, and he never interviewed her relatives. And when he left the house, he didn’t seal it, meaning someone could walk in and take, move or even clean something.

“They could have had the evidence with a proper investigation,” Brzeczek said. “A prosecution’s extremely more difficult now.”

The now-retired Collins testified Thursday and Friday at a pretrial hearing meant to determine what, if any, “hearsay” evidence prosecutors can use during Peterson’s murder trial.

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys hit Collins with tough questions, with prosecutors trying to show he could have gathered evidence pointing to Peterson’s involvement in Savio’s death. The defense, which has long claimed Savio’s death was an accident, argued that even if someone had killed her, the investigation was so shoddy it would be impossible to determine who that was.

Peterson has pleaded not guilty in Savio’s 2004 death. Officials exhumed her body and ruled her death a homicide only after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007. He hasn’t been charged in her disappearance, but authorities say he’s the only suspect.

Brzeczek says one of the glaring examples of Collins’ poor judgment was permitting Peterson to attend an interview of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, in which she was asked about her husband’s whereabouts the day Savio died. Peterson and Savio had divorced and Peterson married Stacy Peterson before Savio died.

Collins testified that Peterson not only sat in on the interview, he answered a question put to his wife about what they ate for breakfast that day.

“Collins should have said, ‘I’m sorry there are serious considerations here, we have a death investigation, and at this point there will be no profession courtesies,’” Brzeczek said. “You just cannot do those kind of things.”

There’s quite a bit more to this story.

Read the rest of the story at the Washington Post.


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Post by Estee on Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:49 am

Thank you Snaz....I appreciate you keeping me updated on this...I had a feeling that police "code of silence " had a lot to do with keeping this under wraps...Since it wasn't investigated properly I hope that the so called heresay testimony is allowed and that he will be found guilty of both Kathleen's death and Stacy's disappearance/death ...
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Post by Snaz on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:37 pm

You are welcome, Estee..... and I agree with you 100%. This is one case where hearsay testimony is BEYOND valid and should certainly be admitted..... It will be interesting to see what the judge does with it.

Drew murdered both Kathleen and Stacy, and he needs to pay for it. He thinks he is so smart, he could commit the perfect murder...... JUSTICE needs to prove him wrong.

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INSIDE STORY: Prosecutors Preview Murder Case Against Drew Peterson

By Jeff Truesdell
Monday January 25, 2010 09:30 AM EST

He stands accused of murdering his third wife, and is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth. But through much of the allegations dating to 2004, ex-cop Drew Peterson has simply fanned the interest with his cocky confidence and attention-embracing behavior worthy of a red-carpet celebrity.

His kids – including two apiece with each of his wives in the twin mysteries – issued a statement of support when Peterson, now 56, was arrested in May ‘09 and pleaded not guilty to killing Kathleen Savio, 40, whose bathtub drowning was staged to look like an accident, according to Illinois prosecutors. He had replaced the still-missing Stacy Peterson with a 24-year-old fiancée, although the woman later described the engagement as a stunt. Even his defense team has raised eyebrows, enlisting model-turned-lawyer Reem Odeh and issuing a news release headlined "Not Just Another Pretty Face," which states: "Reem wants the public to know that beyond her stunning good looks is a hard-nosed attorney who is detail-oriented and brings keen analytical skills to Team Peterson."

The families of Savio and Stacy Peterson have not laughed. But back in court last week for a hearing that will help decide his future (testimony resumes Monday), the smiles were gone from Peterson's face as well.

Hearsay Evidence

In an extraordinary court hearing, prosecutors are previewing their murder case by presenting witnesses who recall each woman's fears in the face of threats from Peterson. At issue is a legal milestone – the so-called Drew Peterson Law, adopted by the Illinois legislature after Peterson became a suspect – that allows previously inadmissible hearsay to be used in court against him. Will County Judge Stephen White will hear as many as 60 witnesses over three weeks to decide which statements ultimately may be presented to a jury.

"All it is, is rumor, innuendo and gossip," Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky told the media after a previous hearing. "People had ulterior motives for saying what they said or are out-and-out unreliable people."

Even so, the allegations as Peterson's case regains the spotlight are riveting.

Knife to Throat
Peterson broke into Savio's house, tackled his ex-wife on a staircase and put a knife to her throat, telling Savio "he could kill her right there and then, but it would be too bloody," according to Savio's statements to a co-worker, Issam Karam. "He told her nothing she could say or do would make her safe," Karam testified.

Three months later, in March 2004, Savio's body was discovered in an empty bathtub. The medical examiner initially ruled it drowning by accident. Only after Stacy Peterson, then 23, disappeared in October 2007 – and suspicions again turned to Drew Peterson – did authorities take a second look, exhuming Savio's body and declaring the case a homicide.

Hoping to show a pattern, prosecutors hope to introduce Stacy Peterson's own fears and suspicions about Peterson into the Savio case – although no evidence of Stacy's whereabouts has been revealed, and no one has been charged in her disappearance.

Benefit of a Doubt
Stacy's family doubted Peterson had a role in Savio's death because he told them his ex-wife was mentally unstable, Stacy's uncle Kyle Toutges testified. "We were told Kathy was on drugs and needed to be in a home," Toutges said. "Our family gave Drew the benefit of the doubt."

At a party, however, Toutges overheard Drew Peterson's friends tell Peterson "it looked bad for him, how convenient it was for him for his wife to die at this time." Toutges described Peterson's response as, "Let them prove it."

And repeating an earlier reported comment, Peterson's stepbrother told the judge he helped Peterson move a heavy storage container from Peterson's house on the day Stacy Peterson went missing. But in much more detail, Thomas Morphey testified his assistance followed a conversation in which Peterson had asked him, "How much do you love me?"

When Morphey answered, "I do," Peterson replied, "Enough to kill for me?"

Claims Stacy Cheated on Him
Morphey – who acknowledged his bipolar disorder, manic depression and treatments for substance abuse, and who tried to kill himself after helping Peterson – testified he told Peterson he couldn't live with that. He said he told Peterson, "I always assumed you killed Kathleen," adding that Peterson replied, "No, I would never kill Kathleen. She was a great mother."

But after claiming that Stacy was cheating on him and wanted a divorce, Peterson offered Morphey $200 to rent a storage unit for a container in Morphey's name, with instructions to check on it for six months "to make sure there was no odor," Morphey said. Peterson explained that if anything happened to him, Morphey should take the container and "drop it in the canal," Morphey said.

'This Never Happened'
Even after Morphey declined to participate, Peterson picked him up the next day – Oct. 28, 2007 – to help haul the container out the front door and into Peterson's SUV. When they were finished, Morphey testified, Peterson told him, "This never happened."

Legal experts are waiting to see how many such statements a jury may eventually hear, noting that prosecutors have not identified any eyewitnesses or scientific evidence linking Peterson to Savio's death. A date for the murder trial has not been set.



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Retired sgt. returns to stand in Peterson hearing

January 25, 2010
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(JOLIET, Ill.) (WLS) -- A retired Illinois State Police sergeant who investigated the death of Drew Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, will be back on the witness stand Monday morning during Peterson's pretrial hearing.

Patrick Collins investigation concluded that Savio's 2004 death was an accident. A follow-up investigation determined she was murdered.

Collins testified for several hours Friday about his investigation. He's expected to be cross examined Monday.

A judge must decide of hearsay evidence will be allowed at Peterson's murder trial. He is charged with Savio's murder and has pleaded not guilty.

Friday was the third day of the hearing and both sides went after Collins. The prosecution tried to show how Collins and his investigators could have gathered evidence linking Peterson to Savio's death.

In the meantime, the defense was trying to convince the judge that the investigation was so botched that Savio's killer may never be identified.

Collins left the courthouse with little to say after spending the day detailing why the 2004 death of Peterson's third wife was ruled accidental and not a homicide.

"He's a police officer, 26 years on the force. He knows what blood spatter is, he knows what DNA is, he knows what trace evidence is," said Andrew Abood, Peterson's attorney.

In court, the 26-year veteran lawman appeared confused and unsure and even defensive at times as Peterson's co-defense attorney challenged him about his investigative techniques, asking why certain DNA and trace evidence at the crime scene was not gathered and why Peterson was allowed to sit in on a police interview with Stacy Peterson.

Abood asked Collins, "Would you have done anything differently?"

"Yes, I would have interviewed more people because of this investigation," Collins said. "I'm not going to second guess myself. You could second guess anything."

While being questioned, Collins admited shortcomings in the investigation, saying that investigators believed that the death was as a result of a slip and fall. Savio was found dead in a bathtub in her home.

Collins went so far as to describe himself as a naive first-year investigator who never considered Drew Peterson a person of interest simply because "we had no information he was a suspect at the time."

It was the first time that prosecutors tried to connect Drew Peterson to the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Peterson has not been charged in the disappearance, but authorities say he's their only suspect.

Sharon Bychowski, a longtime friend and next-door neighbor of Stacy Peterson, told Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow that Drew told her that Stacy called him and said, "I met another man and I'm not coming back."


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Stacy said Drew was going to kill her, neighbor testifies

January 25, 2010 11:21 AM
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Shortly before she disappeared, Stacy Peterson told a neighbor that if she did disappear, it was because husband Drew Peterson had killed her, the neighbor testified this morning.

Testimony continued this morning at a hearing in Will County to determine what hearsay testimony can be presented as evidence at the future murder trial for Peterson, charged with slaying his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

In resuming testimony that she began Friday, neighbor Sharon Bychowski recounted how eight days before Stacy's went missing in October 2007, Bychowski came home from a trip to Galena to find Tracy sobbing on the parkway outside her home.

She said she asked Stacy what was wrong.

"She told me Drew wouldn't go," Bychowski testified. "She wouldn't leave and that having sex with him would make her skin crawl."

As Bychowski started to leave, she continued, Stacy told her that she wanted to divorce Peterson and had packed 10 boxes of his belongings that she had put in the garage. At that point, Stacy took Bychowski to the garage, showed her the boxes and said: "If I disappear Sharon, it's not an accident. He killed me," Bychowski said.

At that point, Bychowski said she urged Stacy to start "writing things down."

Stacy responded: "It doesn't matter. He's going to kill me," Bychowski testified.

Bychowski also testified to another conversation she had with Stacy two days later in which Stacy showed her a ring that Peterson had recently given her and commented: "He thinks it's going to keep me. No way."

She said Stacy then talked again about divorce and said she definitely would take the couple's two youngest children, which were biologically Stacy's, but wasn't sure about what would be best for the two oldest children.

Peterson has not been charged in Peterson's disappearance.


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Post by Snaz on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:37 pm

Testimony right out of "Fatal Vows" book

January 22, 2010

Sharon Bychowski's testimony likely sounded very familiar to readers of "Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson." Herald-News reporter Joe Hosey conducted many interviews while researching the book. Bychowski was one of his subjects. Her answers on the stand were so similar to her interview with Hosey that some passages in the 2008 release are nearly word-for-word replicas of Friday's testimony.


"Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson." authored by Herald-News reporter Joe Hosey.


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Post by Snaz on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:42 pm

Peterson Lawyer Disses Hearsay Evidence
It's Considered Vital; Ex-Cop: I Went Easy On Peterson, Never Mulled Murder as Possibility in Death of Peterson's 3rd Wife

Jan. 23, 2010


Drew Peterson as he was booked in May as suspect in death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio (AP Photo)


(CBS) The lead investigator in the death of Drew Peterson's third wife said he never collected any forensics evidence from the home where her body was found in a dry bathtub, telling a pretrial hearing Friday he never considered the possibility she was murdered.

Retired Illinois State Police Sgt. Patrick Collins, testifying at a hearing to determine what, if any, "hearsay" evidence prosecutors can use to try to prove allegations that Peterson killed Kathleen Savio, also said he granted Peterson favors during the investigation because he was a fellow police officer.

Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer, has pleaded not guilty in Savio's 2004 death. Officials exhumed her body and ruled her death a homicide only after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007. He hasn't been charged in her disappearance, but authorities say he's the only suspect.

The hearsay evidence -- statements Savio supposedly made to others about fearing Peterson would kill her -- is considered key to the prosecution's case.

But Peterson's lawyer, Joel Brodsky, insisted to "Early Show Saturday Edition" co-anchor Chris Wragge that hearsay evidence "absolutely" shouldn't be allowed. "Somebody doesn't wake up yesterday morning and say, 'Gee, whiz. Let's exclude hearsay,' Brodsky remarked. "It's something that's developed over hundreds of years of jurisprudence, and the reason is because we've learned over those hundreds of years that hearsay is inherently unreliable. And to let it in (as evidence) is just plain wrong. Not only wrong, but unconstitutional."

Although the hearing is intended to focus on that "hearsay" evidence, Collins was the latest witness to focus on direct evidence that had nothing to do with "hearsay." Prosecutors haven't explained why they have called such witnesses.

On Friday, Collins said he even allowed Peterson to sit in on the questioning of Stacy Peterson as investigators inquired about Drew Peterson's whereabouts the day Savio died - something Collins acknowledged was unusual. He said Drew Peterson even spoke up to answer one question to his then-wife about what he and Stacy had eaten for breakfast that day.

At Thursday's hearing, Peterson's stepbrother, Thomas Morphey, described how he believed he might have helped Drew Peterson dispose of Stacy's body in a large blue barrel. She has not been seen for more than two years.

He said Peterson suggested when they talked on Oct. 27, 2007, that he intended to kill his fourth wife because she planned to divorce him, win custody of their children and take Peterson's money.

Morphey stopped short of saying Peterson directly admitted murdering Stacy and he said the two men never talked about what was in the barrel. Morphey also testified that he had told Peterson that he always assumed he had killed Savio, but that Peterson denied it.

Brodsky, Peterson's attorney, told Morphey's "statements are inconsistent, and that inconsistency is going to make those statements inadmissible. ... His description of the barrel changed so many times that I'm not worried about him telling that to a jury."

Collins testified Friday that, among the potential evidence crime technicians failed to collect from Savio's home was a glass of orange juice left on a counter and the clothes she had been wearing that day. He said he also never interviewed members of Savio's family.

One of the things Collins said led him to believe Savio's death was accidental was that he found no defensive wounds on her body.

But when someone else at the scene suggested Savio may have received a gash on her head by accidentally hitting the back if the tub, Collins said he never tried to verify that. Collins also didn't attempt to account for why her body was slumped forward when investigators arrived; he said he didn't ask if anyone had touched or moved her body.

Collins also said it never occurred to him that the scene in the bathroom might have been staged. After Stacy Peterson's disappearance, authorities said they did believe Savio's death was a homicide staged to look like an accident.

Collins stopped short of admitting he was ever wrong to believe Savio's death could only be accidental, though he conceded his investigation could have been more thorough.

"If I had to do certain things over, yes, I would," he said.

Both prosecutors and the defense hit Collins with tough questions, with prosecutors trying to show he could have gathered evidence pointing to Peterson's involvement in Savio's death. For their part, the defense appeared to want to demonstrate that the investigation was so shoddy that it would be impossible to discover the identity of any killer now.

On a few occasions, an otherwise calm Collins appeared defensive on the stand, saying at one point in response to questions about the initial Savio investigation, "I'm not going to beat myself up right now."


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Post by Snaz on Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:44 am

Drew Peterson hearsay hearings – day 4

January 25, 2010



Today’s proceedings begin with the cross-examination of Sharon Bychowski, neighbor and friend of Stacy Peterson and then moved on to Bruce Zidarich who was questioned about his plans to paint with Stacy the day she disappeared..

Rescueapet is attending the public hearing today and has shared with us some of her observations from this morning. Sorry they are mostly in note form:

* Drew Peterson is wearing a suit in court today. He stood and scanned the whole courtroom before taking a seat.

* George Lenard was doing the cross examination of Sharon. He asked her if she disliked Drew Peterson and the State objected. Sharon went on to say that she and Drew would speak and that she disliked what she believes he did to Stacy.

* Lenard asked her about an incidence of a group at her house playing loud music on an ipod, specifically the song “Bad Boys” outside her house. She answered that there was music being played and that was one of the songs among others, that it could be heard in the driveway and that Drew was standing at the end of the driveway.

* Sharon stated that she was very close to Stacy. Lenard asked if Stacy trusted her enough to talk to her about her menstrual cycle. Sharon asked what he meant and he said, “Did Stacy trust you?” Sharon replied that she assumed Stacy trusted her but that he was asking her to say what Stacy thought and that she couldn’t do that.

* She was asked if she had any contracts for books or any other sort of media contract and she replied that she did not. She stated that when Joe Hosey interviewed her and later used that interview in a book, she wasn’t aware that it would be used in that way. Also said that she has made no money.

* She was questioned about Avon a lot. Lenard seemed to be trying to show that Sharon’s interest in the case might be somehow tied to promoting Avon. He asked “Hasn’t this been good for Avon?” and Sharon stated “I never mention Avon.” Stacy did some Avon work for Sharon and they did contact her to make sure that Stacy had not been on an Avon errand at the time she went missing. Because of liability issues, perhaps?

* Sharon was questioned about the incident of Greta Van Susteren changing clothes in her bathroom. She was asked, “Did Greta being in your house make you feel special?” She replied that since this all began “nothing makes me feel special”.

* Sharon testified that the search boat is in storage in Ottowa and that it will be donated to a missing persons group.

* Lenard asked Sharon about what Stacy had told her about her mother (Christie Cales). Sharon said that Stacy told her her mother had left for church one day and never came home and that she loved her mother.

* Sharon stated that Stacy told her that the money she withdrew the week before she disappeared was used to pay off a loan for a motorcycle.

* Sharon testified that Stacy told her having sex with Drew made her skin crawl and that she wanted a divorce, had packed up boxes of his things.

* Lenard tried to nail down whether Stacy was planning on keeping all four chikdren with her after she and Drew split or just the two youngest, and Sharon answered that Stacy was interested in the safety of all the children.

* Lenard said, “Stacy was a flirt, wasn’t she?” To which Sharon answered that Stacy was outgoing. (I think that’s what she said – we’ll have to confirm that later).

* As for Bruce Zidarich’s testimony there was very little. He confirmed the paint date and text messages between Stacy and Bruce from October 27th were projected on a screen.


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Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:06 pm

Drew Peterson hearsay hearings – Day 5

January 26, 2010

Pastor Neil Schori testifies – Defense argues that conversations were privileged.





The judge in the Drew Peterson hearsay hearing issued a recess Tuesday after the defense called into question whether pastor Neil Schori’s conversations with Stacy Peterson were privileged.


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Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:08 pm

Drew Peterson hearsay hearings – Day 6

January 27, 2010



RECAP: Pastor Neil Schori testifies – Defense argues that conversations were privileged.

…But arguments over whether his conversations with the accused wife killer and missing mom Stacy are privileged kept him from testifying.

Judge Stephen White closed the courtroom and heard what Schori had to say about his interaction with Drew and Stacy Peterson. Schori will return to the witness stand Wednesday but it is not known if he will testify in open court.

Drew Peterson’s attorneys questioned whether Schori would be violating his privilege as a clergyman if he repeated what Stacy and Drew Peterson told him while he was providing counseling. The couple went to Schori to try to save their failing marriage.


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Post by Snaz on Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:06 pm

Drew Peterson hearsay hearings – Day 7

January 28, 2010

Hearings resumed today to determine which statements will be admissable in the trial of Drew Peterson for the murder of his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio. Cassandra Cales, sister of Stacy Peterson, took the stand this morning.

“She just looked at me with this blank face,” Cales testified. “She said she feared for her life and that if anything ever happened to her, Drew did something to her.”

Herald-News reporter, Joseph Hosey, tweeted that Jeffrey Pachter, of Braidwood, testified today and said Drew Peterson asked him to find someone from the Hill neighborhood on Joliet’s east side to kill Savio. He said, “He asked me because of the area that I worked (in) if I knew anyone who could have his ex-wife taken care of.”

Fox’s Craig Wall tweeted that Peterson “wanted to know when to set up alibi.” Kathleen was found dead in her bathtub March 1, 2004. Pachter says he called Drew in July of 2004 and Peterson told him, “The favor I asked you to do — I don’t need it anymore.”

2:45pm – Court is over for the day.


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Post by Snaz on Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:08 pm

Drew Peterson hearsay hearing – Day 8: Neil Schori on stand

January 29, 2010



Stacy Peterson’s pastor and counselor, Neil Schori has taken the stand today in the hearsay hearings of Drew Peterson, on trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. The Pastor has testified that Stacy met him in August of 2007 for a counseling session. She tearfully confided in him that she wanted to have an affair but that Drew told her she would never be with another man. She described to him how she awoke one night to find herself alone and how she called Drew’s cell phone but that he never answered. She then told him that Drew did return home in the early morning dressed in black, and that he began to feed women’s clothing into the washing machine. Stacy told Schori that Drew then spent two hour coaching her on what she needed to tell the police.

Schori has stated in the one public interview that he granted to Greta Van Susteren in December of 2007, that Stacy Peterson told him Drew Peterson confessed to killing Savio. But on Friday, Schori was not asked that, nor did he testify to that. Schori did testify that when he returned home after his meeting with Stacy, there was a message from Drew waiting for him on his answering machine: “I know you just met with my wife. How about meeting with me now. We could go for a ride in my airplane.”

Scott Rossetto testified this afternoon that Stacy told him a secret: Drew told Stacy if anyone ever asked where he was the night Kathy Savio died to say he was at home with her.

As usual, we’ll be posting updates here as we see them. Please see the Comments Thread for all the latest!

Many thanks to the members of the press who send out tweets throughout the day and keep us informed!


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Post by Snaz on Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:43 pm

Drew Peterson hearsay hearing – Day 9: Neighbors testify

February 1, 2010



Hearings resume today to determine which statements will be admissable in the trial of Drew Peterson for the murder of his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio.

Nick Pontarelli, 19, took the stand this morning. At the time of Kathleen Savio’s death, he lived next door to the Savio home with his parents, Mary and Thomas Pontarelli. Nick was one of the people Drew Peterson sent into Kathleen’s home the night her body was discovered.

Pontarelli said that Kathleen Savio was like a second mom to him and that she confided in him about her fear that Drew would kill her. She showed him evidence of Drew breaking into the house and possibly recording her phone conversations.

Thomas Pontarelli, Nick’s father, testified about Drew’s demeanor once Kathleen’s body was discovered as well as the absence of towels and clothing from the bathroom. Pontarelli also stated that Drew left a .38 caliber bullet on his driveway as a warning and told him that any friend of Savio’s was an enemy of his.


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Post by Snaz on Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:45 pm

Drew Peterson Hearsay hearing – day 10: Kathleen’s boyfriend on stand

February 2, 2010

The hearsay hearing of Drew Peterson for the murder of Kathleen Savio continues.

Steve Maniaci, Kathleen’s boyfriend at the time of her death was on the stand this morning. A neighbor of Drew and Stacy’s testified that Drew behaved strangely on what would have been the day before her body was found. Kathleen’s sister, Sue Doman will testify this afternoon.


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Post by Snaz on Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:48 pm

Drew Peterson, you have the right to remain silent

By Stephanie Chen, CNN
February 3, 2010 11:10 a.m. EST


Drew Peterson is keeping a low profile at his pretrial hearings after repeated media appearances in the past.

(CNN) -- Drew Peterson may be fighting to keep what his missing wife and slain ex-wife allegedly said about him out of his murder trial, but he's always had plenty to say about the case.

Peterson, 56, has been charged with the murder of third wife Kathleen Savio. The charges came amid an investigation into the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and denied involvement in Stacy's disappearance.

In court, Peterson has kept a low profile as some 40 witnesses have testified during pretrial hearings.

But in the past, the former police sergeant from Bolingbrook, Illinois, has spoken many of times to CNN's "Larry King Live," NBC's "Today Show," Fox News, the "Dr. Phil" show and local media outlets.

A critical part of his trial, now the subject of a month of hearings, hinges upon whether hearsay evidence can be used against him. Hearsay involves statements heard by third parties and jurors are rarely allowed to consider them because the original speaker can't be cross-examined.

Stacy Peterson and Savio both told others that they feared Drew Peterson and felt that their lives were threatened by him, according to testimony at the hearings. The defense is fighting to keep those statements, and others, out of his murder trial.

Peterson maintained his style of police humor, even after he was charged with Savio's 2004 murder. As he was escorted from the jail to the courthouse for his arraignment in May, he snapped his gum and made wisecracks.

Asked how he was doing, Peterson quipped: "Three squares a day and a spiffy outfit."

And I got the bling," he added, holding up his shackles. "Can't complain."

Peterson calls himself "comical." But his behavior has dismayed the families of Savio and his missing fourth wife, Stacy. Some people accuse him of being authoritarian, smug and narcissistic. At times, his comments have hardly seemed to be those of a worried spouse whose wife is missing, critics say.

"He's an idiot," Savio's sister, Susan Doman, said in May on "Good Morning America," in reference to some of Peterson's jokes.

Investigators began looking at Peterson in October 2007 when Stacy, then 23, vanished. According to Peterson, his young wife dumped him for another man.

He appeared on NBC's "Today Show" about a month after her disappearance. When anchor Matt Lauer questioned him about their relationship, he responded, "I'm not trying to be funny here, but Stacy Peterson would ask me for a divorce after her sister died on a regular basis, and it was based on her menstrual cycle."

But Peterson was in tears during a December 2007 interview on NBC's Dateline. This time, the topic was his children.

"I just want to be there for them," he said.

In Peterson's defense, his attorneys say that many of his more controversial comments have been provoked by journalists looking for sensational sound bites.

Camera crews swarmed his suburban Illinois home after his wife's disappearance. They descended on him early in the morning and were so loud they disturbed his family, Peterson has said.

In the midst of the media frenzy in 2008, Peterson turned his own hand-held mini-video camera on news crews. "I'm going to camp myself in front of your house and see how you like it," he said with a wide smile.

Also in 2008, Peterson planned on participating in a contest on Chicago's WJMK-FM radio station: "Win a Date with Drew Peterson." The station eventually canceled the contest.

A defensive Peterson appeared on Phil McGraw's daytime talk show to explain himself in November 2008. He attributed his gallows humor to a reaction to a difficult situation: He had gone from a happily married man to a single father, he said. He added that humor is his coping mechanism, as it is for many police officers.

"When people look at me and say, 'You did this to your wife,' I look at them and laugh," Peterson said. "I say, 'Thank you, go screw yourself.' I normally have a smart-ass remark for people like that."

Then a month later came his reported engagement to a young woman who would have been the fifth Mrs. Drew Peterson. The engagement to Christina Raines, then 24, was called off after just a few weeks.

Meanwhile, prosecutors continued building their case. They re-examined the death of Savio, who was found naked in an empty bathtub. Although the initial autopsy found that her death was accidental, the state's second examination pointed to lacerations and bruises on her body. Authorities concluded that her death was homicide.

The evidence prosecutors have gathered against Peterson is largely circumstantial. No physical evidence or witnesses link Peterson to the crime, Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky has said. Brodsky has often appeared alongside Peterson on the numerous media appearances.

"He wanted to proclaim his innocence," Brodsky aid. "He had nothing to hide. He didn't feel like he should jut go into a dark corner," he added, explaining Peterson's many media appearances.

As for his client's demeanor, "He likes being out. He likes the people, he likes the interaction. His humor has always been his personality."

Peterson has argued many times that he was unfairly portrayed by the media -- and prematurely found guilty in the court of public opinion.

"There is no book written on how I'm supposed to act," he said in May in a phone call from jail with NBC's "Today Show." "Would it be better if I hid my head down hunched over and had tears in my eyes?"

And later that month, he was back on a Chicago radio show, joking about the jail's food and bathrooms.

"Hey, Mancow," Peterson teased host Mancow Muller. "I know we can't do the date with Drew. I'm thinking we should do 'Win a conjugal visit with Drew.' "

His remarks caused Will County Judge Stephen White to limit Peterson's contacts with the media last spring. Now he can call only a list of family members, friends and his attorneys.

Joe Hosey, author of "Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson," has been attending the pretrial hearings that began last month. Peterson has been speaking only to his attorneys. He's not smiling and laughing like before.

"I think reality has sunk in," Hosey said.

Peterson is finally exercising his right to remain silent.


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Post by Snaz on Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:56 pm

Savio Feared Drew, Boyfriend Tells Court

Updated: Tuesday, 02 Feb 2010, 5:31 PM CST
Published : Tuesday, 02 Feb 2010, 5:31 PM CST

Kathleen Savio's boyfriend Steve Maniaci told the state police the morning after Savio was found dead that she lived in fear of her ex-husband Drew Peterson and that Peterson had broken into her home.

Savio also told Manici that and she and Peterson were involved in domestic disputes.

Maniaci revealed this during testimony Tuesday in the ongoing pre-trial hearing for Drew Peterson in which a Will County judge will decide what hearsay evidence will be allowed into the actual murder trial. Peterson is awaiting trial for the murder of Savio, his third wife.

The state police did nothing with that information and did not even include it in their report. At Savio's house after she was found dead, he says Peterson told him "She would have lost anyway" in the divorce settlement. Maniaci said Savio told him she was afraid Peterson would kill her and make it look like an accident.

Jacqueline Mitchem, a neighbor of Drew Peterson and fourth wife Stacy, said Peterson appeared distracted and preoccupied the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004.

It was the only time she saw Peterson behave that way. It was the night after prosecutor's allege Peterson killed Savio. Mitchem said the state police never spoke to her or any of Drew and Stacy's other neighbors after Savio was found dead. Savio's sister, Susan, is scheduled to testify this afternoon.


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Post by Dis on Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:21 pm

We have known for a long time that the police didn't handle the "accidental death" of Kathleen right. They flat out covered up a murder IMO. That really infuriates me!!!!! Evil or Very Mad

Thank you Snaz for keeping us up to date with this case. I hope justice prevails.

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Post by Snaz on Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:58 am

Drew Peterson Hearsay Hearings – Day 11: Anna Doman and friend testify

February 3, 2010



The hearsay hearing of Drew Peterson for the murder of Kathleen Savio continues. This morning Anna Doman wrapped up her testimony and a friend of Kathleen’s, Kristin Anderson took the stand.

Anderson testified that the two became friends after she rented Kathleen’s basement for a few months while some work was being done on her house. She testified that Kathleen told her about the time that Drew held a knife to her throat and also showed her a briefcase where she kept police reports and letters. Anderson said that these documents were kept as a paper trail in case Drew killed Kathleen, there would be something to point at who did it.

Anderson stated that Kathleen seemed “almost resigned” to the thought that Drew Peterson would kill her and make her death appear accidental.

Bolingbrook Police Officer, Lt. Brian Hafner also took the stand and testified that in death scene photos Kathleen’s body looked like she had been positioned in a police arm lock he had taught Drew to use.

Attorney Karen Conti who has helped us out so much with legal facts and insight about the case will be on Fox Chicago tomorrow at around 8:25 am discussing the hearsay hearings.


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Post by Snaz on Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:02 am

Drew Peterson Hearsay Hearings – Day 12: ISP trooper on stand

February 4, 2010



Over 44 witnesses have testified already in the hearing to decide what hearsay testimony may be admitted to the murder trial of Drew Peterson. Who will testify today?

We’ll be updating throughout the day as we get information. Please make sure to check out the comments thread for the latest!

While we wait for updates why not take a look at the actual “Hearsay Law” and the motions and replies that have been filed regarding its significance to this case?

Some people over-simplify or are just mistaken about what the act allows and then react in a panic over the sixth amendment and the right to confront. In reality the law applies only to a very specific kind of testimony.

It’s not the lightest reading, but if you want to understand why these hearings are so important and how certain statements may or may not be allowed in Drew Peterson’s trial, you owe it to yourself to dive in!


You may read about the "Hearsay Law" here:
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Drew Peterson Hearsay Hearing – Day 13: Classmate and Pathologist on the stand

February 5, 2010




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Pathologist: Kathleen Savio was a victim of murder

February 5, 2010

By JOE HOSEY



JOLIET — The forensic pathologist who determined Kathleen Savio was slain spoke publicly for the first time aout the autopsy performed on her exhumed body.

Dr. Larry Blum testified Thursday that a laceration to Savio’s head and the bruises and scrapes on her body could not have been caused by an accidental fall in her bathtub, as state police concluded after investigating her March 2004 death.

Blum was on the witness stand for most of the 13th day of the pivotal hearing to determine what hearsay evidence will be allowed at Drew Peterson’s upcoming murder trial.

Peterson is charged with drowning Savio, who was his third wife, even though the police maintained for three and a half years that she died accidentally. State police changed their tune after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished.

Peterson faces no charges in connection with Stacy’s disappearance, but prosecutors are trying at the hearsay hearing to prove he killed her to keep her to keep her from testifying against him.

Proving that will allow some second-hand statements to be used in court during the Savio murder trial, per a relatively new Illinois law.

New autopsies

Soon after Stacy vanished in October 2007, Savio’s grave was dug up in Hillside’s Queen of Heaven Cemetery was dug up. At the request of police, Blum performed a new autopsy on her badly decomposed remains. for police

At the request of Savio’s family, celebrity medical examiner Michael Baden also conducted an autopsy, parts of which were broadcast on Fox News Channel without showing Savio’s body.

Both Blum and Baden determined Savio was the victim of a homicide.

One of Peterson’s attorneys, Joel Brodsky tried for hours without success to get Blum to concede that Savio’s death might have been a suicide or an accident. He also pieced together various speculative scenarios, such as Savio slipping on a bar of soap, striking her head and drowning.

“The ugly facts of the injuries destroy that beautiful theory,” Blum said.

Blum also pointed out that there was no sign of blood or hair on the walls or tub, which led him to believe Savio’s head had been struck by something else.

Blum’s findings did not differ greatly with those of the first autopsy, performed just after Savio’s death by forensic pathologist Bryan Mitchell, but Blum did say he gathered more samples and performed additional tests, including one to tell whether Savio was sexually assaulted.

Mitchell did not perform this test because he was told “it wasn’t foul play,” Blum said.

“The state didn’t want to do it,” he said. “I would have liked to have seen him do one.”

It turned out Savio had not been sexually assaulted.

Blum said he visited the death scene, which was something else Mitchell did not do, and even climbed into the bathtub.

“I wanted to get a feel for the size of it and I wanted to put myself in her position,” he explained.

Cops not ‘on her side’

Before Blum took the stand, a friend and classmate of Savio’s from the Joliet Junior College nursing program testified about threats Peterson allegedly made to his third wife.

“More than once she told me he could kill her and no one would know and no one would find out,” said the friend, Mary Parks of Joliet.

Savio believed Peterson was stalking her, Parks said, and she showed her red marks on her neck she claimed Peterson put there when he pinned her down with his hands.

Parks said she urged Savio to call the police but Savio did not see the point.

“She felt that the police weren’t on her side or interested in hearing her side,” Parks said. “She thought it would just make it worse.”


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Post by Snaz on Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:34 pm

Drew Peterson Hearsay Hearings – Day 14: Divorce lawyer testifies

February 8, 2010



Hearings in the Drew Peterson murder case continued today.

Attorney Harry C. Smith, one-time divorce attorney for Kathleen Savio; also contacted by Stacy Peterson shortly before her disappearance, took the stand today.

Smith testified that Kathleen asked him to go to police in the event that she died and to tell them that Drew had killed her. He stated that he did contact them after her death but the person he talked to “was not prepared for that kind of conversation”.

He also said that shortly before Stacy went missing, she met with him and asked, “Can we get more money out of Drew if we threatened to tell police how he killed Kathy?”

Drew Peterson’s one-time friend, Ric Mims also testified.


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Post by Guest on Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:30 pm

Wow... This is the first I heard that Kathy told her divorce lawyer about her fears..I must have missed that sonewhere along thwe way... Of course this is huge and I cant see how any court in the US could hear aboput this poor womens effort to speak for her incase something happens.. Its so sad that in all the advice she had to to try and prevent it from happening, her suspicions that no one was on her side really has been proven..... till now...

I wonder if Drew P had have been less arrogant, and chose not to take Stacy's life too, wud he have ever had to deal with what he did to Kathy...??

Maybe thru this experience, and the fact that Stacys kids will age and mature, that ALL his children will take a different stand. If so, I pray that their potential pressure will help Drew do the right thing for the first time in his life and speak the truth about Stacy...

In Spite of all his arrogance and sick mind, I do think that he does live his kids as much as he can love (if that is the right word) ..anything or anyone...

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Post by Estee on Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:01 pm

I think he used his kids as leverage and no doubt wanted to take them from Kathy as he was unhappy with the divorce settlement and child support issues...$$$ is the root of all evil and Drew is most definately EVIL (IMO)...He knew Stacy was on the verge of asking him to leave and he was embarassed about getting another divorce and having to deal with the $$$ issues and child support agreements again...He uas unsure if she would spill the beans about Kathy's murder...He knew the only way to secure her silence was to silence her...I hope and pray that the majority of this heresay evidence is allowed in this case to give both Kathleen and Stacy a voice...
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Post by Estee on Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:03 am

Has anyone heard anything recently about the hearings??? Last I heard Peterson's atty was to call 20 witnesses to debunk the Pros witnesses statements...Here we go with the lies...well I should say mistruths or twisted truths....can't wait to hear the rubbish...
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Post by Snaz on Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:10 pm

Drew Peterson Hearsay Hearings – Day 15: Would-be hitman, accountant, and Peterson’s second wife testify
Dozens More Witnesses Set to Testify at Drew Hearing
Defense will call 20 witnesses later this week

February 9, 2010

The parade of witnesses who have been telling a Joliet judge about Drew Peterson’s murderous intentions keeps on coming.

Attorneys say more than two dozen witnesses are yet to be called in the hearing to determine what hearsay evidence will be allowed when Drew Peterson stands trial in the 2004 slaying of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

Add that to the nearly 60 witnesses who have been called already and the Joliet court is in store for a gore overload.

A spokesman for the Will County States attorney said the tales should be done by Wednesday.

The Drama of Drew

Defense attorneys say they expect to call 20 witnesses of their own, meaning the hearing is expected to go into next week.


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Post by Snaz on Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:13 pm

Drew Peterson Hearsay Hearings – Day 16
Ex-Ill. cop’s hearing feels like real murder trial

February 10, 2010
By DON BABWIN (AP)

JOLIET, Ill. — Family members, investigators, clergy and even a psychic have spent weeks testifying in a northern Illinois courtroom — and Drew Peterson’s murder trial hasn’t even started.

Initially billed as a preliminary step in the case, an extraordinary hearing to determine what hearsay, or second-hand, evidence jurors will be allowed to hear during Peterson’s trial in his third wife’s death has turned into a sort of legal dress rehearsal.

The testimony has exposed serious flaws in the police investigation of Kathleen Savio’s death, Peterson’s deteriorating relationship with his missing fourth wife and perhaps most important: a possible motive.

But none of it may matter if the judge doesn’t allow at least some of the witnesses to testify during the real thing.

“If they don’t get the hearsay stuff in, then they don’t have a shot at this case,” said Terry Sullivan, a Chicago attorney and former prosecutor.

Peterson, a brazen former police sergeant, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Savio’s death. He is the only named suspect in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but has not been charged in that case. It was after she went missing that investigators exhumed Savio’s body and determined her death was a homicide.

More than 60 prosecution witnesses have testified during the past 3 1/2 weeks. Defense attorneys plan to call about 20 witnesses to contradict statements made by people who said the two women feared Peterson.

“As long as they’re there, it would be tough not to put in evidence that would contradict” the prosecution, said Mark Geragos, a defense attorney who is not involved in the Peterson case but has represented many high-profile clients — including Scott Peterson, the California man convicted of killing his pregnant wife, Laci.

The hearing is the result of a new Illinois law that allows a judge to admit hearsay evidence — statements not based on a witness’ direct knowledge — if prosecutors can prove a defendant may have killed a witness in order to prevent him or her from testifying. The law was so closely linked to the Peterson case that some have dubbed it “Drew’s law.”

Prosecutors, with little physical evidence on which to base their case against Peterson, may have to rely heavily on statements that Savio and Stacy Peterson allegedly made to others. The testimony has included claims that Drew Peterson was furious Savio might get a large portion of his pension, and that Stacy Peterson suggested she could threaten to tell police that Drew Peterson killed Savio to extort money from him to keep quiet.

The hearing has at times moved into areas that have little to do with hearsay. A state police investigator said he quickly decided Savio’s death was an accident after her body was found in a bath tub in 2004, so he collected no forensic evidence and didn’t even secure the scene. The pathologist who conducted the post-exhumation autopsy on Savio’s body three years later testified that bruises and the position of her body indicated she was killed after struggling with an attacker.

The mix of those witnesses is part of a broader strategy to make the second-hand evidence more plausible and persuade the judge to allow as much as possible at trial, Sullivan said.

That’s likely why much of the hearsay evidence has focused on Stacy Peterson. A minister who said she was afraid of her husband testified that she told him Drew Peterson was wearing black and carrying a bag of women’s clothes the night before Savio’s body was found. Drew Peterson’s stepbrother said he helped Peterson move a blue barrel out of his house and suspected it contained Stacy Peterson’s remains.

Dozens of other witnesses provided small pieces of what prosecutors contend is a puzzle that will help jurors believe Peterson could have killed Savio.

Drew Peterson’s attorneys, meanwhile, have asked about medication Savio was taking and pointed to a doctor’s report that said Savio complained of dizziness. And while under no obligation to call witnesses in the hearing, they have now decided to do so.

Neither side wants to leave anything to chance, Geragos said.

Prosecutors “want to make sure that when they put evidence in … that there’s nothing that comes back to bite them,” he said.

Attorneys also anticipate challenges to the state’s hearsay law, perhaps to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“It’s a perfect storm for both sides to have to deal with it,” Geragos said.

Associated Press Writer Karen Hawkins contributed to this report.


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Post by Snaz on Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:18 pm

Drew Peterson Hearsay Hearings Resume 2/17

February 11, 2010

A recap of some of the points that were discussed during testimony in the Drew Peterson hearsay proceedings. In the meantime, there will be a week delay before the defense is expected to present their witnesses, reported to be anywhere from twenty down to one, and then closing arguments.

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State police investigator
says no evidence gathered at Savio death scene

Illinois trooper describes Drew Peterson investigation

Kathleen Savio kept knife under bed for protection from Drew: testimony

Savio Was Murdered: Pathologist; Peterson’s ex-wife didn’t die in fall

Former prosecutor: Never got Kathleen Savio letter

Savio’s doctor testifies at Drew Peterson hearing; nothing in Savio’s medical records that indicated she was prone to falling

Sister: Drew Peterson’s 4th wife feared for life

Savio’s beau
says he immediately suspected her ex

Savio’s Attorney testifies in Drew Peterson hearing

Witness says he was asked to kill Drew Peterson’s third wife

Peterson’s 2nd wife says he threatened to kill her


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