Friday, September 7, 2012
A witness called by his own attorneys ended up swaying the jury into deciding Drew Peterson was guilty of murder, jurors said the day after the trial.
The entire jury in the Drew Peterson murder trial figured from the beginning of their deliberations that the disgraced ex-cop's third wife, Kathleen Savio, had been slain and was not the victim of an accident. But at the start only seven thought Peterson was guilty of killing her. It took the testimony of Savio's divorce lawyer—a witness called by Peterson's own attorneys—to tip the scales and send Peterson down on the murder rap, jurors said the day after they rendered their verdict. "The lawyer's testimony was the one that got us the most," said jury foreman Eduardo Saldana, a 22-year-old Bolingbrook resident and college student. Saldana said he initially "was more for the defense," but testimony from a minister who had counseled …
Jurors address the matching outfits, the role hearsay testimony played and how they reached a unanimous decision.
Jurors in the Drew Peterson murder trial held a press conference Friday to answer some of the most burning questions from the trial. Four jurors were present for the conference, according to the Chicago Tribune. READ MORE: Jurors held the press conference to get news crews off their lawns, according to the release. "One condition for this press conference is that all media outlets agree to have their reporters and camera crews respect their privacy at their residences immediately. Please contact your field crews to remove themselves immediately and respect their privacy." How did the jury vote during deliberations? The jury held three votes during deliberations Wednesday. In the first vote, seven voted guilty, four voted innocent and …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The jury in the Drew Peterson murder trial will deliberate Wednesday. What are your thoughts?
The jury in the Drew Peterson murder trial will begin deliberations Wednesday after weeks of testimony. Both sides presented their closing arguments Tuesday. Now the jury will decide if they believe Peterson is guilty of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. What do you think? After hearing the testimony, do you think Peterson should be declared innocent or guilty? Vote in our poll, and tell us why in the comments. READ MORE ON PATCH:
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Is wearing sports jerseys and coordinating colors appropriate for a murder trial, Roeper asks?
The Drew Peterson murder trial has many aspects of the ridiculous, Richard Roeper wrote in his column Wednesday. But he takes particular issue with the jurors' clothing choices, from wearing sport jerseys on Monday to red, white and blue on Tuesday. It's a sign of solidarity, defense attorney Joel Brodsky has said. But Roeper questions: "OK — but aren’t they supposed to wait until after closing arguments and they’re debating the case before the individuals all come together and show unity via their verdict? Why are they even having conversations about what they’re going to wear to the trial every day, and why aren’t the lawyers or the judge asking about it? It's inappropriate, Roeper said. If I were on the bench, and a jury in a murder …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Eight jurors were chosen in Drew Peterson's trial for the alleged murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio.
Will County Judge Edward Burmila held a marathon jury selection session Monday and empaneled eight jurors for the Drew Peterson murder trial. It was the very first day of jury selection and Burmila kept 31 of 40 prospective jurors for nearly 12 hours—past 9 p.m. Eight more people are needed for the 12-person jury and the four alternates. Peterson, who appeared in court in a gray jacket, dark pants, a new haircut—and without his trademark mustache—stands accused of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Savio was found drowned in a dry bathtub in March 2004. Depsite the tumultuous, occasionnally violent divorce she was going through with Peterson, and the strange circumstances of her death, the Illinois State Police quickly dismissed her…