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'They Got The Murdering Bastard'

Family and friends of Kathleen Savio broke down in tears after Drew Peterson's guilty verdict was read. The family and friends of Peterson's fourth wife are still waiting for their day in court.

When the jury filed in a bit before 3 p.m. Thursday, knew he was looking at either a flight to New York to go on the Today show or a bus ride to Stateville to spend what's left of his life in prison.

The jury told him he was going to be taking the bus.

After a day and a half of deliberation and a 24-day trial, the jury found Peterson guilty of murdering his third wife, .

"I loved my sister very much. She's finally getting the justice she deserved," said Savio's sister, .

"He's a sick man," Doman said of Peterson. "He's an evil man."

Doman's husband, Mitch Doman, hugged his wife outside the courtroom and said, "They got the murdering bastard."

Judge set Peterson's sentencing date for Nov. 26. Peterson, 58, faces 20 to 60 years in prison.

Check out more coveage of the verdict on Patch

Peterson showed no emotion as the verdict was read, but after the jury was led out and deputies started clearing the public from the courtroom he collapsed into a chair.

Peterson appeared well on his way to an acquittal until defense attorney made the curious decision to call Wheaton lawyer to the witness stand.

Smith represented Savio in her divorce from Peterson and said he spoke to Peterson's next wife, , just days before she mysteriously vanished in October 2007.

Brodsky said he called Smith to testify in hopes of sullying Stacy's reputation by painting her as a gold-digging blackmailer. Instead, Smith repeatedly drove home the point that Stacy told him Peterson killed Savio.

After Peterson was found guilty, Brodsky claimed calling on Smith to testify was the right move. Brodsky also said the case against Peterson was a "stacked deck."

A large crowd heckled Brodsky and the other attorneys on the defense team while they spoke to the media.

"The whole world wanted Drew Peterson to be convicted," said defense attorney . "They've hated him from Day 1."

Lopez also mocked the hecklers, saying, "They've got nothing better to do. They're unemployed."

Brodsky said he was already planning Peterson's appeal.

Savio was found drowned in a dry bathtub in March 2004. Despite the strange circumstances of her death—and the fact that she and Peterson were in the midst of a tumultuous, allegedly violent divorce—detectives with the Illinois State Police quickly determined she perished in a freak bathtub accident.

But when Stacy disappeared three and a half years later, the state police were forced to take another look at their investigation of Savio's death. When they did, they changed their collective mind, declaring she was the victim of a homicide and charging Peterson with her murder in May 2009.

Only one other witness, the Rev. , was allowed to tell the jury how Stacy revealed to him that Peterson killed Savio.

Schori, who said Stacy confided in him about Savio's murder during a marriage counseling session within two months of her disappearance, said he and his wife cried when they heard Peterson had been found guilty.

"We literally wept together," he said. "It's been a long, long journey.

"I'm absolutely thrilled with what happened," Schori said. "Justice is coming for Stacy's family too."

The state police named Peterson the sole suspect in what they termed the "potential homicide" of Stacy Peterson, but have yet to charge him with harming her.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, who said he prayed with Schori just before the verdict came in, said prosecutors will indeed review the Stacy case.

Glasgow also called Peterson a "coward and a bully," and said he murdered Savio "because he was larger than she was."

"He would threaten people because he had a gun and a badge," Glasgow said. "No one ever took him on. We took him on, and he lost."

Pam Bosco, the foster mother of Stacy's sister , attended every day of the lengthy trial. She called on Glasgow to charge Peterson with killing Stacy.

"This man has to pay for Stacy," Bosco said. "There's no reason this man can't be taken back into this courtroom and go through this hell again. Stacy's case is right around the corner. I believe that. I always believed that he would pay the price for killing two beautiful women."

Stacy's sister said the verdict was still sinking in.

"I feel numb. It hasn't really hit me yet," said Cales, adding, "Game over, Drew."

Stacy's aunt Candace Aikin was elated for the Savio family.

"I'm excited," Aikin said. "I had to hold all my tears till I ran down the hallway, crying like a baby."

But even with Peterson heading to prison, Aikin was still worried.

"I'm really concerned about the children," she said. "It's just my concern for them because they don't have a mother, and now they're losing a father they wanted to come home. My heart's breaking for them."

Stacy and Peterson's two children—Lacy, 7, and Anthony, 9—live in Peterson's home and are cared for by a son Peterson had with his first wife, Carol Hamilton. The two sons Peterson and Savio had together, and were later adopted by Stacy, are attending college.

None of Peterson's family was present when the jury rendered its verdict.

After finding Peterson guilty, the jury chose not to address the media. Instead, they provided Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas of the Will County Sheriff's Department with a written statement.

“We have taken the responsibility bestowed on us by the court with a great deal of solemnity and diligence," the statement said. "After much deliberation, we have reached a decision we believe is just.”

Kaupas said Peterson will not be placed on any sort of suicide watch. He was put in the medical pod of the Will County jail for his own protection from the beginning of his incarceration more than three years ago, and that is where a suicidal inmate would go.

"Anybody who's convicted of murder or a violent crime, we put extra watch on anyway," Kaupas said. "That's not because it's Drew. That's standard protocol."

Volpe d'argento UNO September 07, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I agree with you on everything , with the exception of letting my daughter date Drew , I would!
stef September 07, 2012 at 06:19 PM
He would never have been able to come back to Bolingbrook and live a normal life (if he was freed) ---- I think his life would have been in danger every single day.
Pro Life Crusader + September 07, 2012 at 06:33 PM
stef why would his life be in danger if he was acquitted?
stef September 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Because a lot of people believe he is guilty.
Martin September 07, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Stef, you are so right on that. Between the Savios, Stacey's family, that nut from CIncy, and all the other vendetta folks out there, Drew would never have had a quiet moment again.
Martin September 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Volpe...that's your choice..gotta love choice. Granted its easy for me to say that right now...in 3-4 years when my daughter starts dating, will I stand against a slimy SOB like Drew? only time will tell. :)
Pro Life Crusader + September 07, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Guilty by their gut feelings, not by evidence. If he were acquitted it's no ones business to harm him or anyone else in the same situation,
Anna Rose Redlich September 08, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Amen Bob.....I would be one in line to shoot him. He has told Stacy's BFF that no one would be able to prove that he killed her because no one will find the body. He is such an arce.
joliet resident September 08, 2012 at 03:29 AM
If Kathleen Zellner told me I didn't have a chance I would be pretty upset. She is a very smart attorney!
Sandy Zinkler September 08, 2012 at 04:30 AM
You're right Charles!
Pam September 08, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Hearsay evidence put in by his own attorneys.
Lisa W. September 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Way to go defense! Your cocky attitude finally made you slip! Drew Peterson was convicted on hearsay, namely from Harry Smith and Neil Schori, that was established over 400 years ago in England, and not by Drew's Law, which was replaced with the implementation of Federal Rule of Evidence by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2011. "This new law created a new hearsay exception, with the admissibility of statements under … the burden of establishing 3 criteria by a preponderance of the evidence: (1) first, that the adverse party murdered the declarant and that the murder was intended to cause the unavailability of the declarant as a witness; (2) second, that the time, content, and circumstances of the statements provide sufficient safeguards of reliability; (3) third, the interests of justice will best be served by admission of the statement into evidence." This exception to hearsay is common law based and has survived over 400 years of precedence in court. See "http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/evidenceprof/2012/09/yesterday-a-jury-finally-convicted-drew-peterson-of-the-murder-of-his-third-wifekathleen-savio-many-articles-discussing-th.html"; for further info on why Drew will not win an appeal based on hearsay.
RobynD323 September 09, 2012 at 07:53 PM
"Brodsky said he was already planning Peterson's appeal." Brodsky my friends, is one big, fat, liar. He knows better. He fuels the media with vicious lies. Brodsky simply can't swallow his bitter pill. He wanted to remain a super-star his infamous client made him for 5 years. Now, Brodsky is a loser. All of these attorney's know the general public can't "convict anyone" that is total nonsense. While I wish for Tom Peterson , this would give him some future hope, it's all a lie. Everything Lopez & Brodsky has told this young man is a LIE! (Along with his own father, Drew) Brodsky can not be successful on any appeal. AND Brodsky knows this. I know this. The people in legal circles, know this. This case was tried very, very, carefully. No laws, and nobody's constitutional rights, were changed (or violated) so they could jail Drew Peterson. That is fictitious BS, Brodsky and that sorry defense team has twisted, to the media. Hoping the non-attorney general public would believe such garbage. Brodsky simply made a very terrible call and Drew is, GUILTY! Which is best suited for this terrible crime against two women. It sickens me that Brodsky, Greenberg, & Lopez continue to tell the media lies. This case was carefully over seen by the IL. Supreme courts before it ever went to criminal trial. The entire defense team is now being brought before the Illinois Bar Association. They make good, respectable lawyers look really bad.
RobynD323 September 09, 2012 at 07:55 PM
And you will never see this case reversed on appeal. Mark my words. There is absolutely nothing to appeal. Brodsky, please stop lying giving Drew's terribly victimized children false hope. Brodsky is one sorry sack of suds. Just like his client.
Sandy Zinkler September 09, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Robyn, are you just realizing they are all liars now? Welcome to the real world hunny!
Anna Rose Redlich September 10, 2012 at 12:02 AM
That is why Drew married her. He only marries woman who dont have good standings with their family so that he can control and do what he wants with them. Sad thing is that is how he raised his boys and they do as they were taught.
Anna Rose Redlich September 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM
sad you dont love your daughter.....I heard from his own mouth tell Stacys best friend that he will NEVER get convicted of her murder because he knows how to get rid of a body or make it look like and accident and YES I heard him say this in public to her.
Anna Rose Redlich September 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I would go to jail to kill that bastard
joliet resident September 10, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Brodsky was on Fox with the judge last night and you can tell he has totally lost it. He is still trying to argue his sorry case that he personally lost. He said Drew agreed he wanted the attorney to testify. Note to Brodsky, it's never popular to speak ill of the deceased.
Anna Hultin September 10, 2012 at 06:07 PM
ditto Robyn323....took the words out of my mouth.....
Dave September 10, 2012 at 06:14 PM
They will haunt you
Dave September 10, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Do not forget! The Illinois Supreme Court as well as The U.S. Supreme Court have both affirmed "Herasay" and stated it is Constitutional, so there will be no reversal by either Court. He will be in prison for a long while.
Dave September 10, 2012 at 06:22 PM
the passed law just went with the the Federal law which has been on the books for over 100 years, and it was not even used, that was forfieture by wrong doing, do not listen to his lawyers, they always make thing look different than what it really is, glad you were not on the jury!
Marilynn Reinhardt September 12, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Matt, I totally agree with you. We've all seen suspected criminals found guilty on shoddy evidence. I think it's a sad day when a person can be convicted solely on hearsay evidence. Where was the forensic evidence putting him at the "crime" scene? And can we believe everyone who testified against Mr. Peterson did so honestly & did not perjure themselves? If he is, in fact, guilty, then he deserves a punishment to fit the crime. But if he isn't guilty, then this is a miscarriage of justice.
Mickey September 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Joe Lopez reminds me of Ian Hawke in Alvin & the Chipmunks
joliet resident September 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Well Mickey that may be a new career path for Lopez. Seems like the attorney business is not doing so hot for him.
Skb November 12, 2012 at 02:44 AM
It is a sad day when they can make laws just hit you
Skb November 12, 2012 at 07:53 AM
Tommy and kris if your reading this please please don't look up pro life crusader. She is as crazy as drew!
Skb November 12, 2012 at 07:54 AM
Matt you are absolutely correct.
Mitch Doman November 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Pro life you don't know what the hell you are saing your just another ass clown of that MURDERING BASTARD

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