Witness: Savio's Bruises Were Not Caused by Fall

The Drew Peterson murder trial resumes Tuesday.

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Updated 7:15 p.m.

Dr. Mary Case is still on the witness stand. Defense attorney Darryl Goldberg has been trying to get Case to concede that Kathleen Savio suffered her excessive, deep bruising during a bout of "rough sex."

Case wasn't buying it.

"The bruises that I saw on her body, I can't conceive of coming from what you call, 'rough sex,'" she said.

Updated 3:24 p.m. 

Forensic neuropathologist Mary Case testified that she believes was the victim of a homicide.

Case is the second pathologost to tell the jury that Savio was killed by someone and did not die in an accident.

Case compared the deep bruises on below Savio's clavicle and left breast to what one would suffer in a car crash.

The abrasion on Savio's left buttock and the laceration to the back of Savio's head could not have been caused her falling in her smooth-surfaced bathtub, she said.

Updated 12:43 p.m. 

Cincinnatti restauranteur Jeff Ruby came to the Joliet courthouse today 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.

"If this was televised, America would see what a travesty this is," said Ruby, who called the proceedings, "Joliet justice" and said of Peterson, "You can buy sex but you can't buy love."

"This guy's going to walk as sure as you're standing here," Ruby said. "This guy makes Scott Peterson look like Tim Tebow."

He also said, "Does everybody named Peterson kill their wives? Because he killed two."

Ruby explained that the murder case resonates with him because his brother-in-law was slain on his 26th birthday.

Ruby declined to take another shot at Peterson's attorneys, but said, "The only class act in that fricking courtroom is that poor soul (Will County State's Attorney James) Glasgow."

Updated 12:25 p.m. 

Judge Burmila has allowed prosecution expert witness Mary Case to continue testifying, but told the jury to disregard what she had said about the witness testimony she based her conclusions upon.

Dr. Case was only on the stand for a few minutes before a defense objection cleared the jury from the courtroom.

Attorneys were sparring over a single sentence in the autopsy report prepared by Dr. Brian Mitchell following the death of Kathleen Savio in March 2004.

Mitchell wrote that a cut to the back of Savio's head may have been suffered while falling in her bathtub.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow asked Case if Mitchell, who died in March 2010 had given a manner of death in his report. Mitchell had not.

Glasgow called the sentence in Mitchell's report "unfortunate" and "half-baked." He also said defense attorneys were using the in a "not straight-uply" manner.

"It's being perverted by the defense," Glasgow said.

Updated 10:53 a.m. 

Without the defense objecting, Judge Burmila took issue with the testimony of prosecution expert witness Mary Case.

Case, a forensic and neuropathologist, said she is basing her conclusions on pretrial testimony given by witnesses who will not be called at the trial itself.

Prosecutors are now looking for case law to clear the way for Case to testify. Burmila scoffed at Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, telling him he knows of no such case law, but letting him go search for it anyway.

Updated 10:17 a.m. 

Judge Edward Burmila ruled that the Braidwood man Drew Peterson allegedly offered $25,000 to find him a hitman can testify.

Jeffrey Pachter said Peterson asked him to find someone to kill his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Soon after, Savio was found dead in her bathtub.

Original story 

The two witnesses scheduled to testify Tuesday are Mary Case, forensic pathologist, and Bryan Falat, Illinois state trooper. 


tom August 21, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Richard, No hearsay is testifying about something that someone else told you. Example...Kathleen said that he was going to kill her and make it look like an accident. Testifying about something that you heard first hand is not hearsay. Do you really think that every case that goes to court has audio/video tapes of conversations?
george August 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Richard you must be black, it has nothing to do with it but you brought it up! no one is violating Drew Petersons rights, its all in the court proceedings , and the State attorney has every right it was submitted in the Briefs and testimony recordings the Defense was well aware of all depositions , that were going to be used. heresay evidence no it was apparently documented back in the time of 2005-2006 Kind of curious why is it that Francis M seemes as she/he cares about this POS human
Richard Henry August 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
George you told me that you were going to murder your wife and make it look like an accident.
Richard Henry August 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
George you aslo paid me $25,000 to hire a hit man for you to kill your wife.
Francis M. Regan August 21, 2012 at 07:43 PM
What proof is there, that Drew told this guy anything? Nothing! The so called hitman is a gambler that wanted to borrow 1,000 from Drew to pay off a gambling debt. Did Drew refuse and this guy felt scourned? Did this guy tell the Police ASAP when Kathy was found dead or did he wait 3-4 years? Real creditable guy?
tom August 21, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Francis, It's called circumstantial evidence. Being a former cop, I would have thought that you had heard that term before. This, along with everything else, should be considered when the jury makes their decision. It's up to Brodsky and the guys to try and discredit the witnesses. By the way, I heard that they could be seen on the floor of Harrahs enjoying themselves. Will they bill their losses to Drew as a business expense?
Francis' Best Friend August 21, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Francis, Your comment is hearsay.
Mason Dixon August 21, 2012 at 08:28 PM
If he's the kind of guy you go to for a hitman, then he is probably not the kind of guy who would go straight off running to the police for a wire tap. And, even if he was the kind of guy who would take it to the police right away then you must remember, DREW WAS THE POLICE. "Hey officer, your buddy over there, well he uhm, wanted me to find him a hitman." Does anyone really think the cops would have believed him? Yes, hearsay may not be reliable....but when you get hearsay on top of hearsay on top of hearsay on top of hearsay, you get a decent circumstantial case. Any cop who passed basic training would know what evidence NOT to leave behind so the lack of evidence should not be a get out of jail free card. You have to look at the big picture. I hope the jury remembers that. It's beyond a REASONABLE doubt, not beyond any and all doubt.
joliet resident August 21, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I am glad I am not the only person that thinks Judge Burmilla is a terrible judge. I would never want him because he appears to be as biased as you can get. Hey, maybe Fran is really Judge Burmilla.
Watchful Eye August 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Can you get this picture in your head? Every time Frankie boy thinks the defense scores points, or the prosecution loses points, imagine him popping out of his chair and doing a funky chicken dance. Sweating and wetting himself up every time he works himself up in a tizzy when he thinks his boy is one step closer to getting out of jail. Can you picture Frankie boy and Drewpy lion having a beer together, talking about the good ol' days when they were cops, and it didn't matter if they could read and write a complete sentence on a police report without a grammatical or spelling error? Oh, those were the days. Can I borrow your little three-word phrase, Frankie? "Can you say" BOHICA loser. You figure out my little cryptic message, Frankie. :-)
Watchful Eye August 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Lorie Taylor August 22, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Must really suck for you guys now that you can't bully, intimidate, or eliminate people no more! YOUR under the microscope! Candid camera so to speak :)
Lorie Taylor August 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Who was outside the courthouse giving our Glasgow a hard time? I seen on CBS news one of the defense attorneys was having words with him. Did anyone see them? I would love to know which one of the stooges were saying stuff :)
Francis M. Regan August 22, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Say what Lorie!! Under the microscope? Candid camera??
Francis M. Regan August 22, 2012 at 01:09 AM
The patch has to be the stupidest paper around, if they can't have control or modernize their website to stop another person or scum bag from using another's screen name after one registers with an e-mail address! Patch have your web master update your system to avoid imposters! Duhh!
Watchful Eye August 22, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Speak for yourself, you moron. You make me sick with your bully attitude. Go crawl away back under your rock.
Watchful Eye August 22, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Hey, Frankie, when you worked as a cop with Drewpie, did you ever work together on steak outs? Or is that stake outs? Is that a stake you want Ruby to choke on, or is it steak, the cut of meat that you're trying to figure out how to spell? Did you spell the street names correctly on your case reports, or did you have to check your secret, super duper Webster's for that? What a joke you are. And anyone and everyone is supposed to give a rat's butt what you say around here, when you don't even have a grasp of basic spelling and English. Go away. Far, far away.
Francis M. Regan August 22, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Ruby is a moron and please stay in Cincinnati ! We don't need you here in Illinois, telling one what too do in a trial. Choke on one of your steaks or better yet stay in your dam kitchen.
Watchful Eye August 22, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Today was a very good day for the prosecution. As long as the judge lets the State put on their case, the jury will have what they need to see the whole picture. The showboating and games the defense plays will not serve them, and their client will have to deal with the facts. He had the motive, the means and the know-how to kill his ex-wife and make it look like an accident. It is an uphill battle, but the prosecution can win this case and justice will be served.
Watchful Eye August 22, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Hit the Francis M. Regan delete button Patch, and put him out of his misery.
Watchful Eye August 22, 2012 at 02:59 AM
The defense lies. Who are they even talking to, when they go out on the courthouse grass and spin their version of the testimony. Greenberg was caught on video saying Dr. Case stammered and was all over the place. Yet, people in the courtroom, including Beth Karas, called her an articulate witness. Beth Karas said she was one of the very best witnesses she had ever seen. Just goes to show you that the defense is stammering and all over the place, not the other way around. Maybe they've gotten too cocky and they finally realize how bad it will look for them if they go down with their client. Too bad, so sad.
Ken August 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Is this comment coming from you Francis or one of your other personalities like Tom Selleck, John Moreli...? When you get blocked by the Patch or can't stand the heat from other people, you run and hide and change your name.
Richard Henry August 22, 2012 at 04:09 PM
The fact that a person did not withness the actual murder discredits them. Anything other than actually witnessing a crime is not creditable. People lie all the time what is about these witnesses that makes their statements truthful?
Richard Henry August 22, 2012 at 04:14 PM
What I don't understand is why are the people waiting until now to say that this was a homicide. this is something that should have been brought out years ago. However the police was trying to cover it up. Drew Petterson more than likely murdered Kathleen however they should have charegd him years ago. Now they are angry at Drew so now they want to send him away to prison.
tom August 22, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Looks like his supporters are starting to get a little nervous. People are convicted all the time without eye witness testimony.
Richard Henry August 22, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Kathleen's injuries could be consistent with a slip and fall in her tub. What they are saying is if she didn't sustain the injuries we feel she should have sustained as a result of a slip and fall in her smooth tun then is was a homicide. That is ridiculous.
pro streeter August 22, 2012 at 04:37 PM
What is with all the Drew supporters on here? Are you serious Dick? If no one witnessed the murder then it didn't happen? You are insane... All you ex-cops are probably just as big a douschebags as Drew is, knowing how you stick up for him. Francis I think you probly did whatever Drewfus asked you to do and you are hoping he comes back into your life... He's gonna hang, and all you idiots are gonna cry about it, and I'm gonna laugh and cheer!!!
Richard Henry August 23, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I am no supporter of Drew Supporter if he killed Savios then he deserves to be convicted however I just don't see the evidence. www.exposed-corruption.com
Richard Henry August 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM
There you go making statements you have no clue about. Unlike you pro streeter I don't just jump up and listen to whatever someone says. You your whole life is probably lived based off what someone else says. I'll make this very simple for you. Why don't you tell everyone how you tried to pay me $15,000 to find a hit man to kill your wife. Also why don't you tell everyone how you said you could kill your wife and make it look like a accident. www.exposed-corruption.com
Richard Henry August 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I don't support Drew and I hope they can convict him but as it stands right now they don't have any evidence. There is nothing that proves Drew killed anyone and it does not matter how guilty he is. www.exposed-corruption.com


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