Prosecution May Wrap Up Case Friday Morning

It's the fourth week of testimony in the Drew Peterson murder trial. Peterson is charged with murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Updated 3:20 p.m. 

Assistant State's Attorney John Connor said prosecutors might wrap up their case against Drew Peterson Friday morning.

"We should be in a position where we can rest tomorrow morning," Connor said.

Updated 12:19 p.m. 

Schori said Stacy told him all of this at an Aug. 31, 2007, counseling session on the patio of a Bolingbrook Starbucks.

During their talk, Schori said Stacy was silently sobbing with "tears running down her face."

"You engage in marriage counseling in public places so people can cry in front of everyone?" asked defense attorney Joseph "Shark" Lopez. "Was she crying in her latte at the same time?"

While being questioned by Lopez, Schori said Stacy claimed that Peterson told her he killed American soldiers while he was serving in the U.S. Army.
Schori kept Stacy's supposed tale to himself until after she mysteriously vanished in October 2007.

He happened to have been serving on the grand jury investigating Stacy's disappearance and Savio's death.

While the grand jury was in session, he came forward to Illinois State Police Sgt. Patrtick Collims and told what he knew.

Updated 11:26 a.m. 

Neil Schori told of Stacy Peterson recalling the night Kathleen Savio was killed. Schori said Stacy told him:

She and Drew Peterson went to bed together. She woke up in the middle of the night and Peterson was no longer in bed. She looked all over the house for him and called his cell phone but Peterson did not answer. She later found him dressed all in black and holding a bag by their washing machine Peterson dumped the contents of the bag in the washer. When Stacy looked in the washing machine she saw that Peterson had put women's clothing in it. The clothes were not hers.

Peterson told her the police "would be wanting to interview her and he told her what to say to the police," Schori said. He said "it took hours" for Peterson to coach Stacy about their alibi.
"She stated that she lied on Drew's behalf," he said.

Updated 10:49 a.m. 

Neil Schori is about to take the stand and tell how Stacy Peterson knew that Drew Peterson killed Kathleen Savio.

Not all of Schori's statements will get in. But in a closed hearing, Schori previously said Stacy recalled Peterson telling her the police were going to question her that he was going to tell her what to say to them, that he hit Savio on the head to make it look like she accidentally fell down, that he coached Stacy for hours and that if she did as he instructed they would be able to pull off "the perfect crime."

Updated 10:17 a.m. 

The trial has been on a lengthy break while attorneys search for transcripts to reference what Schori, Stacy Peterson's pastor, can testify to. It is unclear whether Schori will be able to testify at all.

Updated 10:07 a.m. 

Restaurateur Jeff Ruby was hauled out of the courthouse by a sheriff's deputy for staring down and allegedly cursing him out.

"He's getting away with murder and I have to leave," Ruby said as he was escorted out.

Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said Ruby will not return.

"I have a witness who said he made a derogatory remark," Kaupas said. "It started with 'F' and it wasn't 'fire truck,'" Kaupas said.

Ruby, who has been a vocal critic of Peterson and his lawyers, said, "He stared me down. He's staring at me so I just stared back at him."

As he was being walked out, Ruby added, "I'm going to leave (or) they're going to throw me in jail."

Cincinnatti restauranteur Jeff Ruby came to the Joliet courthouse last week and slammed Judge Edward Burmila for the way he has handled the Drew Peterson murder trial.

"Has a judge ever been charged with obstruction of justice?" Asked Ruby, who two weeks ago bought large advertisements in Chicago area newspapers ripping the way Peterson's attorneys have conducted themselves.

"You don't need a mistrial--this is a miscarriage of justice," said Ruby, who traveled to Joliet in a ridiculously large black-and-gold bus "to support the families" of Kathleen Savio and Stacy Peterson.

Original story 

First up is Stacy Peterson's pastor, Neil Schori. Schori has said Stacy told him Drew Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He also said Stacy told him Peterson was behaving suspiciously the weekend Savio died.

Francis M. Regan August 23, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Stick a filet in Rubys mouth.
george August 23, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Francis is that the way Drew Peterson told you it really happened or was it that wife 4 Stacy was starting to feel that jeese if i don't agree with Drew Baby i will also have a very unfortuate accident like completly dissapear wrapped up in visqueen and stashed in a sewer man hole some where close to the bridge and river where the police and FBI have allready checked i am purprised some of his old buddys haven't come foreward yet
Francis M. Regan August 23, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Old buddies come forward yet? Man hole? That's absurd on both!
Tori August 23, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Is Francis M. Regan a pseudonym for Drew Peterson?
Francis M. Regan August 23, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Sorry to burst your bubble Tori, I'm far much better better looking or shall I say handsome than Drew.
John Tips August 23, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I am saddened that our Illinois general assembly so recklessly has passed passed a Drew's Law in 2008! As a proud citizen of these great United States, I could never convict anyone on hearsay evidence! With all the forensics available in todays world, DNA, fingerprints and eye witnesses should be all our prosecutors require to make their case. BEWARE ALL WHO READ THIS - as a former juror myself and having witnessed the ongoings in a jury room - everyone should be scared! I once reported to Judge White that before a jury is picked they should ask the question "Can you afford to serve on a jury or a lengthy trial"? At the trial which I was a part of as a juror - one woman said "let's just convict him" solely because a police officer claim, because a police officer had to be right! Another young man said " let's convict this guy because if we get sequestered I will loose money which I need to pay my car payment"! So people - if you get accused of something and your life is in jeopardy, you best pray that these other jurors will not make a decision about you! Add hearsay to this travesty and you have wrongful convictions! "Drew's Law" must and should be repealed!
Francis M. Regan August 23, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Match book cover Pastor.
Francis M. Regan August 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I agree John Tipsword. Also other jurors are known too put pressure on or bully other jurors to vote their way. Boy with hearsay, I better never get mad and say I wish so and so were dead, or I will be arrested for murder if so and so ended up dead.
Watchful Eye August 23, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Boy, you are a drama queen, John. LOL, you agree with anyone that talks the talk like you do, John. What's a matchbook cover Pastor? What are you slamming a man you don't even know, who's done enormous work helping domestic abuse victims? You sure don't sound like the good Catholic boy you but yourself out as. (wink, wink)
Watchful Eye August 23, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Religions are varied, don't you agree John? What you believe is a pastor might not be what someone else believes. Stand up for religious freedom. It's important, don't you think?
Francis M. Regan August 23, 2012 at 08:52 PM
A real Pastor and I mean a Catholic Pastor would have guided Stacy in the proper direction and would have told her to go too the Police and do what is right if she knew Drew had murdered. Religions are different , but I only actually believe in one and the only one and can't believe in any other. Have to respect ones religion , but don't have to believe in theirs.
Watchful Eye August 23, 2012 at 09:31 PM
WHAT PROOF is there that he would not have guided Stacy in the proper direction, as you say? She asked him not to. The defense atty tried to muddy up Pastor Schori by saying he sent Stacy back to a "murderer." Oh yeah? A murderer? I thought Kathleen died as the result of a slip in the tub. How did Lopez's client become a murderer now that Schori sent Stacy back to? I am a Catholic, John, and a priest can no more divulge a confession than this man of the cloth could if that was Stacy's wish. Why would you degrade his integrity with your snotty ass comment, when you have no proof of his lack of integrity, education, background or training? You are so clouded in the belief that your former co-worker should get off whether he killed Kathleen or not, you haven't got a kind word to say about anyone that goes against Drew Peterson. Calling him a "matchbook Pastor" is disgusting. How many "Catholic priests" have you read about that have molested children? Are they better than Pastor Schori because you decided it so?
Francis M. Regan August 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Watchful eye as you know I'm not a fan of hearsay. Never said Drew is either guilty or innocent .Did the State Police locate Drews ASP and test it for blood, hair or tissue? Take it apart by removing the threaded butt cap and examine the hell out of it! Does he still have it? It's Dept.. issued! Did the pathologist test the water in Kathy's lungs and nasal cavity for micro organisms to see if the water came from the toilet or the bath tub faucet? Humm why am I saying that Watchful eye?
Watchful Eye August 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM
John what are you asking me that irresponsible question for? Of course, you know that the investigators didn't test jack squat. Of course you know that Peterson mucked up the death scene, trampled it, and let half the BB neighborhood in that bathroom to help him carry out his sinister plan to taint and poison any evidence, even if it WAS collected. That investigation was shoddy. I heard the testimony of the lead detective and he knew Peterson got handed a gift by him and the rest of the crew. They were inept, inefficient and irresponsible. Are you kidding me? Did the pathologist test the water in Kathleen's lungs? Are you actually insinuating that they should have looked for a piece of s**t floating in the water that was in her lungs, so someone can show you the proof she was drowned in the toilet? You are off your frickin' rocker. Humm, I don't know why you say half the things you do, John M. Probably because you are so up Peterson's butt hole with support, you can't even faction a credible question or answer anymore. Cops don't like rat cops, and he was a rat cop. He sold out another cop, and he'd sell his soul if it was to his benefit. But you still come out in his defense, even though Janota said he was a fink. Micro organisms? You want proof she was drowned in the toilet by testing for crap in her lungs???? Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Francis M. Regan August 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM
See watchful eye I give my honest opinion and you have too start with derogatory comments about me, instead of just saying I'm wrong and I disagree with you. I bite my tongue to long sometimes. If you catch my drift? Why did Drew have the support of 20-30 co-workers and the backing of the Union at his hearing and why wasn't he arrested and convicted then by the SA Ed Petka in 1985? Plus why was Drew promoted to Sgt. in 1999 if he wasn't liked and was considered a rat cop? Can you answer that watchful eye.
Francis M. Regan August 24, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I bet the State Police has a lot of Drews work items in evidence. They should see if they have his ASP in evidence or if It's still at Drews house, if so get that ASP and test it.
Francis M. Regan August 24, 2012 at 02:16 AM
It would have been hilarious if Drew were to break free and beat the snot out of Ruby after the stare down and Ruby said F you. That would have made the best part of the trial. Word is too that Ruby may get arrested.
Watchful Eye August 24, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Oh, so you condone violence? That's real classy. What would have been funny is if one of the women Drewfus stares down or winks at would have told him to wrap that tie he dresses in every day just ever so tight around his neck, and save everyone the trouble of having to be in the same space he is. Too bad Drewfus' attorney, Joe Lopez doesn't feel the same as you. He and Ruby have become quite good acquaintances now. They Tweet back and forth to each other numerous times a day. It's so cute....
Watchful Eye August 24, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Maybe rat cops stick together, John, I don't know. I don't know what you're talking about when you say 30-40 co-workers supported him. You could be making that up. Prove it. Where's the proof. YOu talk, talk, talk,and who says you know what you are talking about, or what you say is accurate? I could just as well say most of the guys he worked with couldn't stand him. Being liked or not doesn't get someone promoted to sergeant, John. Passing a promotions exam does. Unless you are saying the 30-40 co-workers elected him to his sergeant position.
Francis M. Regan August 24, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Ruby will not be laughing when he's arrested for contempt. I don't condone violence ,but Ruby had no business disrupting the courtroom the way he did. That's how a well respected businessman is supposed to behave in public.
Francis M. Regan August 24, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Watchful eye you have no clue how the promotion process works do you? They could have hung Drew out to dry on Chief points and oral interview points to avoid him from getting promoted. Get the idea now? Why didn't they? Can you say I was there in 1985, there's your proof.
Lettuce August 24, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Could people please write in semi-grammatically correct standard English? I don't understand half of what is posted here! Grammar? Spelling? Hello?????
Watchful Eye August 24, 2012 at 03:17 AM
The Three Stooges aren't laughing anymore either. In fact, they ADMITTED what they did when they joked about "Stacy who" on camera was a moment they would take back. Why? Because they did not act like well respected attorneys! Works both ways, John. Don't point your finger at Ruby for standing up to an alleged murderer and putting his money where his mouth is, when the defense goofs are more worried about how this trial is going to make them some bucks after it's over. They're not getting paid for this trial, so why do you suppose, in addition to acting like a bunch of amateurs auditioning for a stand-up comedy club, they're representing this scum? Because they like him?
joliet resident August 24, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Francis I do not appreciate your one true religon comments. You have just proven your ignorance to me. Maybe you can convert Drew when he gets out but, don't knock a pastor just because he is not Catholic. I realize you say this stupid stuff to bait people but, I can't keep my mouth shut when you bring up God and knock another's faith. It's time to take your marbles and go home.
pro streeter August 24, 2012 at 04:24 AM
The only thing Drewfus is going to be beating is hanging in his-pants, but by the sounds of it, you will have that covered for him FMR.... You have the same BS answers that John MOrelli tried to pass, and they were all wrong. My guess is that Bindy Rock or one of his associates will be by to see you if you keep slamming him. See, I know things too....Ruby, you're my hero!!!
tom August 24, 2012 at 02:29 PM
You say that a real Pastor, I mean Catholic Pastor, would have told her to report the crime so how do you explain all of the real Catholic Pastors that have abused young boys while the other real Catholic Pastors stood by instead of going to the Police to report the crimes?
tom August 24, 2012 at 02:34 PM
You really should get the facts before spouting off. Ruby didn't disrupt the courtroom. The incident happened out in the hall during one of the many breaks they had. By the way, he was out within the hour on his own recognizance.
John Tips August 24, 2012 at 03:10 PM
How did this entire conversation move from Mr. Peterson's trial to a religious war of words? This rhetoric proves that religion itself is at the root of many of our worldly problems! That being said - my guess is that when we all pass on to meet our maker! It is at that moment when we shall find who the true Messiah really is and what religion we should have or did follow! Until that time it is my belief that I shall hold my own personal religious opinions to myself, and enjoy the wait!
Betty August 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Just sayin!! No one has wrote any concern about the smaller children???? I wonder what they are thinking when their mom & dad never show up:( My prayers go out to them. What is the deal with certain people wearing sunglasses all time ,is the sun shineing into court room,maybe hiding behind them,look more profesi nal if offf:(? What a mess is all i can say:(
Marilyn lottich August 26, 2012 at 07:04 AM
There had to be at least 1 or more partners in crime helping to cover for this serial killer's murder of Savio, & these people need to be identified & hung up on a 50 ft tall clothesline by their testicles, then prosecuted for accessory to murder. We should be grateful to the minister that testified what Stacy told him. But If I was in his shoes, I would have told her that she should get fitted with a GPS microchip under her skin just in case. (After 1 bathtub incident, that couldn't happen twice.) And I would have told her the facts ----if they'll do it to "them", they'll do it to YOU next. So sad that even though just a kid, why didn't sh sho any conscience about screwing a married man in hi home with a wife upstairs, & even rehearsing a lie for police? Didn't she have any empathy for Kathleen? It is sad to see a mother who couldn't her her own instincts talking to her....some hard lessons To be learned here. By the grace of God I am. Still here.


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