After four weeks of testimony in the murder trial, the jury has hardly heard at all of his the ex-Bolingbrook cop's missing fourth wife, .
But Friday the jury nearly heard from the person who was closest to her in the world as prosecutors were poised to call Stacy's sister, , to the witness stand.
Cales was going to talk about nothing more than what Stacy's cell phone number was in 2003 and 2004. Prosecutors needed to establish that to bolster their theory that Stacy tried to call Peterson the night his third wife, was killed.
Defense attorneys accepted the number put forth by prosecutors, heading off any possibility of a courtroom confrontation between Cales and Peterson.
While Cales didn't get to testify, she did speak outside the courthouse. She said she does not keep up with the trial because "it's too stressful," but does find it gratifying that Peterson is in custody at the Will County jail.
"It's always good to see him locked up," she said.
Cales also predicted Peterson would be charged in connection with her sister's disappearance.
"My turn's coming for Stacy," she said. "No doubt in my mind about that."
On Thursday, Will County State's Attorney predicted he would rest his case Friday morning. But the day came and went with arguments about what evidence will be admitted and prosecutors are still not through.
Defense attorney laid the blame for the delay squarely on the prosecution.
"That's embarrassing," Brodsky said. "They've spent how many millions on this case and they're stumbling around like amateurs."
Another of the defense attorneys, , said prosecutors are "doing the best with what they have," distancing himself from Brodsky's statements.
Brodsky later complained in court about the trial's slow pace and was quickly dressed down by Judge .
"I don't think you want to start delineating who delayed this case more," Burmila said to Brodsky.
The judge told prosecutors to have everything in place to bring their case to a close Monday morning. He also said , the Wheaton attorney who handled Savio's divorce from Peterson and claims he was told by Stacy that Peterson killed his third wife, will be available to testify Monday morning if prosecutors choose to call him.
When prosecutors are finished, the defense will argue for Burmila to find Peterson not guilty before the case is even sent to the jury.
When the defense puts on their case, said Peterson attorney , some witnesses who have already testified will be called back to the stand.
Lopez listed retired Illinois State Police Sgt. and state police Master Sgt. as two who will testify a second time. He also said an FBI agent will be brought in to refute the testimony of a Bolingbrook police lieutenant.
Brodsky said at least two doctors will testify.
Lopez and Brodsky remained tight-lipped about whether Peterson will take the stand.
"We can't tell you right now," Lopez said. "We'd like to tell you but we can't."