Update: Savio's Neighbor Takes the Stand

Mary Pontarelli gasped when shown a photo of her former neighbor's body.

Updated 5 p.m.

Kathleen Savio's neighbor and friend Mary Pontarelli was on the witness stand all afternoon. Pontarelli insists Savio's death scene was altered after her body was discovered. Specifically she said a towel was placed on the edge of the tub. She said there were no towels when she first saw the body.

Prosecutors wanted Pontarelli to recount the time Peterson threw Savio to the ground and had her arrested for allegedly attacking Drew Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.blocked her testimony.

Updated 3:15 p.m. 

Kathleen Savio's close friend and next-door neighbor has been testifying all afternoon. She gasped and let out a loud sob when shown a gruesome photo of Savio's naked body in a bloody bathtub.

Drew Peterson stared at the same image when it was broadcast on a large courtroom screen. He showed no emotion.

Updated 12:30 p.m.

Defense attorney presented opening statements in the Drew Peterson murder trial and began leading the jury on a rambling, disconnected journey through his client's life, but was cut short and slapped down by Judge Edward Burmila.

"Mr. Brodsky, you're testifying to the jury about Mr. Peterson's life story, which is completely inappropriate," Burmila said.

When Brodsky tried to explain himself by saying his story would be relevant later, the judge said, "Stop—the issue is not the relevance of it."

"You're perverting the purpose of the opening statement here," Burmila added.

Once Brodsky's tale of Peterson's time in high school, the Army and the start of his career as a Bolingbrook police officer was cut off by Burmila, the lawyer proceeded to rip the character of his client's slain third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Brodsky said Savio "lies and makes up stories to fit her purpose or when she's mad or angry," repeatedly told of times she went "bonkers," and said she was "bossy."

He also claimed she attacked Drew Peterson and his next wife, Stacy Peterson.

"She charged at (their) car like a person possessed," he said. "She's like a mad woman."

Brodsky insisted prosecutors will fail to prove Peterson killed Savio because she actually died in an accident."

Updated 11 a.m.

It looked like there was nearly a mistrial after brought up the co-worker allegedly offered $25,000 to orchestrate a hit on his third wife

Glasgow failed to disclose to the defense he was going to use that evidence. This was a big part of the prosecution's case and they now can't use it at trial. Peterson's defense team moved for a mistrial.

There was a long argument, but the judge denied the motion. Prosecutors will still be hampered going forward.

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At long last, the Drew Peterson murder trial has begun. 

 is charged with murdering one wife and suspected by the Illinois State Police of having a hand in another's disappearance. 

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Flora Dora July 31, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Total incompetence from day one! I am embarrassed for the state of Illinois.
Francis M. Regan July 31, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Now with that screw up, don't tell me the jurors will have some doubt with the case and the prosecutors!
Sandra C July 31, 2012 at 05:31 PM
What a stupid SA. It will cost the taxpayers mega bucks and the most important weapon denied because of his incompetence!
Edward Andrysiak July 31, 2012 at 05:50 PM
This will prove to be a real circus. One don't know what to believe anymore especially with the way the media reports things these days. "She drowned in a dry bath tub" they report. Depending on the configeration of the drain, it could be possible the water drained out by the time she was found. Wouldn't the coroner have known if water in the lungs entered after she was in fact dead? Seems so. And what of Tracy...some say she simply ran away with someone else, left her kids and was in fear of her life. If that was so and she was alive wouldn't you think she would come forward and testify against Peterson now, lock him up for good and get her kids back??? Peterson is a whack job and a big mouth cop with a mentality to match. I'm sure he said a lot of things being BMOC that were bluster. I hope the legal system has their dog and pony show in order and the facts come out and a fair trial results. I know this guy is a jerk,,,prove to me he is a killer and lets move on.
jim Prueter July 31, 2012 at 06:25 PM
He'll walk
george July 31, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Usually the Prosecution / State Attorney will be able to get any and all information needed to be released in order to properly present the States' Motion acting under the State Attorneys office and usuually on opening statements display to test the water, there is allways a sence of wondering as apparently the Defense Attorney was mumbling on about the small limited milestones of Good in Petersons life and that was suddenly halted by the Judge Because as we all know peterson is a pile of feces, dung PERIOD Postponed for over three years the State will prevail and Petersons' fate and the truth will somehow surface scumbag Wonder how many of his old buddies have been supoened for supression and testimony. Public records shows the police went to her house over 16 times before he killed her and apparently some other people know what actually happened it will be exciting Francis the jurors know better and each know exactly this piece of craps past
george July 31, 2012 at 06:33 PM
not a chance
Frances July 31, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Maybe if you had any clue WHY the police were at the house 16 times you may have a slight idea what really went on....but I see you don't......many people go with what the media tells you....In this case I did the same thing, until I got a little bit better informed.....Look into it ....16 times....MOST of those times were because Kathleen attack him and/or Stacey . The media rules what people think......thats not good. LOOK into what you are saying before you say it. This case is more than just weak. If the jury follows the law, there is really no way he can go to prison.....I don't know about Stacey but I don't believe for a second he killed Kathleen.......in a test of the bathtub, it drained (while plugged) in a few hours, before anyone YELLS about that empty bathtub. Just my opinion.
Frances July 31, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I agree, he is on trial for the murder of Kathleen...not Stacey....they have zero evidence. He will walk.
Frances July 31, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Marie......you sound like a raving lunatic. This is why we have trials in our country so people like you don't decide what happens.
Martin July 31, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The Prosecutor has so screwed up this case.
WilliamN July 31, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Is it at all possible that the SA knew this would be disallowed, but wanted to plant the seed in the minds of the jury? This may have been a calculated risk that the SA was willing to take. The judge denied the request of a mistrial, so on with the proceedings.
Robert Devine July 31, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Hate to say it but based on evidience I don't think the SA should have brought this case to court. Understand that public opinion wants to see Drew put away, but he has to be able to prove it and get a full jury to agree. Now he looses an important piece of evidence through lack of disclosure and opens the door for a Peterson appeal. Not saying that Drew is innocent, just that he knew that law.
Martin July 31, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I agree...not sure Drew is innocent or guilty, but this case and the prosecution of it has been a joke since day one.
Francis M. Regan July 31, 2012 at 09:09 PM
George is the legal expert here! Ya right!
Jane Hathaway July 31, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I'm beginning to think that there is something in Will Counties water. Stupidity is rampant in that area. Maybe it comes from all of the inbreeding. F'n Hillbillies
Francis M. Regan July 31, 2012 at 09:20 PM
So far the first day of the trial sounds like a bust. But I think the edge still goes to the defense.
s warrenst August 01, 2012 at 02:39 PM
We should be paying teachers and administrators more instead of wasting tax dollars on this.come on people my high schools administrators are only at 150k a year
Marie August 01, 2012 at 02:59 PM
That's funny, s warrenst!
george August 01, 2012 at 03:03 PM
If this in was Florida Mr Drew would be guilty and probably would be gunned down there was a Final Injunction against Drew Peterson that was issued and reissued by the courts in the injunction it is clearly stated threats abuse physical abuse from mr drew. He crossed the line and the loser Police Department will have to answer why he crossed the line and was allowed to walk. Threats on Kathleen children and family. It was her house not his house it was her life not his life and in cases like this all the signals will put mr drew as he is a manupulating control preditor who unfortunatly worked as a cop and abused every rule and loophole that he HAD available As i said The State will Prevail The Courts enforced the injunction the Police Department Did not There is no judge that i know of that would not allow the State Attorney to do his job. They will discuss the filthy facts and the past and the remains of the other wife who was nothing but a scared child trapped in this sick mans scum.
Francis M. Regan August 01, 2012 at 04:33 PM
If it was Flordia ,Drew would be acquitted! Remember the Casey Anthony trial.
george August 01, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Lets see Francis Your correct there was no injunction in the Csey Anthony case and there weren't multiple issues of violence , with other missing persons involved like another wife ( a woman wouldn't leave her natural Children ) and the poor one who fell asleep in the bathtub sent all the correct signals and warning signs then when the truth came out about her death to the child Stacey after the State Attorney allowed the Casket to be reopened it was time to get rid of Stacey Mr Peterson has the highesty regard for life and respect i can allmost feel the love they all shared .
Zoey August 03, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Kathleen's casket and second autopsy was done AFTER Stacy disappeared, and people came forward with information connectiong it to Kathleen's death. Stacy wanted out of the marriage and had started to talk.
Jim Short August 08, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Why does the Patch allow Frances Regan to be on here???
Martin August 09, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Jim...because of Free Speech...
Watchful Eye August 09, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Martin - This is a comment board. Patch is not bound, nor required, to apply the Constitutional right of free speech here. If someone is mucking up their comment board or driving away others, the people who watch and run this section can do whatever they want. The Constitution Police are not watching them.
Frances August 09, 2012 at 06:15 AM
George ....when you say a woman wouldn't leave her natural children....your lack of knowledge is astounding...it really is..I agree MOST times that is true...but it certainly does happen...ANYONE ever wonder where Stacey's mom is??? She also is "missing". LOOK into things before you speak...Like I said I too, was ALL over Drew thinking he is guilty guilty guilty...then I LOOKED into it.....things are not always what they seem to be..... what the media tells you is not always the truth
Frances August 09, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Why Can't he be on here? He has his opinion...you agreeing with it isn't required.........I mean really, he isn't saying anything horrible or offensive....jeez......are you the comment gestapo?
Frances August 09, 2012 at 06:19 AM
ahahhahahhahaha okie dokie..........lololol *laugh for the day!
Frances August 09, 2012 at 06:39 AM
One other thing Jim......FrancIs Regan is Francis with an I ....I am Frances with an E!! :) Which means I am a woman and he is a man. Just so ya know........Unless.....She spells it with an I which would be just strange lolololol


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