Drew Peterson Trial Update: Sister in-Law Gives 'beyond the grave' testimony of deceased wife Kathleen Savio
Aug 04, 2012 03:51 PM EDT
On Friday the sister in-law of Drew Peterson, who is being charged with the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio, told the court that her sister predicted her own death.
The prosecutor's witness Anna Doman provided told the court that Savio told the court that her sister said she was receiving threats from former police officer Peterson.
Doman told the court, "She said that Drew told her he was going to kill her, she was not going to make it to the divorce settlement, she would not get his pension or his children...She made me promise over and over that I would take care of her boys, over and over (she said), 'I want to hear you say it because everything's going to them," as reported by Reuters
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The 58-year-old, Peterson is charged with first-degree of his third wife A former sergeant in the Bolingbrook Police Department in Illinois, in 2007 he became the chief suspect for the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. The Search for Stacy led the police to discover the body of his third wife Savio, who was found in her dried bathtub in 2003.
On Thursday, Judge Edward Burmila dismissed a petition for mistrial, despite Peterson's attorney predicting the case will not make to court because of lack of evidence.
In an interview a few weeks ago, Brodsky told ABC News, "I don't know why they are prosecuting this. I am serious. This case should never have been brought...If they can prosecute Drew Peterson on this garbage, rumor, back fence gossip, then nobody's safe," he told ABC News.
But Thursday the judge said "the court believes that the defendant's ability to receive a fair trial is not extinguished at this time," according to USA Today.
In the opening remarks of the case, the defense painted a picture of Savio as a woman who was "bossy, lied, had a furious temper and went to therapy," according to ABC News.
Neighbors of Savio, Thomas Pontarelli and his wife Mary Pontarelli also took to the stands and described how they saw the body of Savio in the bathtub.