The verdict is in for the Drew Peterson murder trial … GUILTY!!!
Finally there is Justice fair Kathleen Savio. Drew Peterson, the 58 year old former Bolling Brook police officer has been found guilty of murder by a jury of his peers. Peterson now faces up to 60 years in prison. Following the verdict Savio’s brother-in-law, Mitch Dorman stated, “Finally, finally, finally. … We finally got that murdering bastard.” I bet Peterson is not laughing this evening.
Drew Peterson, the former Illinois police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger wife vanished in 2007, was convicted Thursday of murdering a previous wife in a case centered on secondhand hearsay statements from both women.
Peterson, 58, sat stoically looking straight ahead and did not react as the judge announced jurors had found him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Her relatives gasped, then hugged each other as they cried quietly.
Illinois has no death penalty, and Peterson now faces a maximum 60-year prison term when sentenced Nov. 26.
Drew Peterson’s sore loser defense attorney says, “thank you for hating us”. You’re welcome.
- Will we have a verdict by today or Friday?
Daily Commentary – Thursday, September 6, 2012 Download
JUSTICE FOR KATHLEEN …
A day after the defense and prosecution presented their closing arguments in the Drew Peterson murder trial, the case was given to the jury for deliberations. Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Peterson was charged with murder in the death of his third wife Kathleen Savio. The accidental drowning death of Savio in 2004 was later changed to a homicide after the disappearance and presumed death of Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. The prosecution alleges that the 58 year old Peterson murdered Savio and staged her death to look like an accident.
After hearing five weeks of evidence, the jury began deliberations at 10:37 a.m. ET Wednesday. Judge Edward Burmila read 15 minutes of instructions to the jurors, saying that they should start with the presumption that Peterson is innocent and only convict him if they find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, The Associated Press reported.
“The defendant is not required to prove his innocence,” Burmila told jurors.
The jurors made several requests in the first few hours, NBCChicago.com reported. They requested Peterson’s phone records from the weekend Savio died and autopsy photos of Savio’s body. They also wanted a letter written by Savio that described her fear that Peterson would kill her, but the judge only allowed them access to a heavily-redacted version. The jurors’ request for a transcript of the testimony from Rev. Neil Schori and attorney Harry Smith was denied by the judge, and instead the transcript was read back to them by a court reporter.
Its now up to the seven-man, five-woman jury to decide Drew Peterson’s fate. The jury in the Drew Peterson murder trial deliberated for more than eight hours Wednesday before a judge sent them home for the night.
- Will we get a decision next week? Will there be a hung jury?
Daily Commentary – Friday, August 31, 2012 Download
The Dana Pretzer Show – Thursday, August 30, 2012 – With Special Guests Robin Sax, Beth Karas and Mike McIntyre
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Dana welcomes special guests:
- Former ADA and current Fox Legal Analyst, Robin Sax also discussing the Drew Peterson trial
- From Tru TV Correspondent Beth Karas discussing the Drew Peterson case
- Mike McIntyre discussing Drew Peterson and other high profile cases
The Dana Pretzer Show – Thursday, August 30, 2012 Download
Daily Commentary – Thursday, August 30, 2012 – Preview of Tonights Dana Pretzer Show with Robin Sax, Beth Karas and Mike McIntyre
- Preview of tonight’s show with Robin Sax, Beth Karas and Mike McIntyre all discussing the Drew Peterson trial and other cases in the news
Daily Commentary – Thursday, August 30, 2012 Download
- The judge denies the prosecutions request for an acquittal
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Download
Daily Commentary – Monday, August 27, 2012 – The Defense Presents Their Case This Week in the Drew Peterson Trial
- Will Drew Peterson take the stand in his own defense? Daily Commentary – Monday, August 27, 2012 Download
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – Drew Peterson Judge Halts Proceedings and Considers Mistrial Again
- Judge considers mistrial after the Prosecutor asks a forbidden question
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Download
- Both the prosecution and defense are using the media. Ultimately, it will be the courts that decide. Note: Please go to Conquering Cancer to read about Susan Murphy Milano’s battle
Daily Commentary – Friday, August 10, 2012 Download