Continual coverage of the trial of "PECLB004315">Drew Peterson for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
4:40 p.m. Testimony concludes for the day
Week two of testimony in the Drew Peterson trial is over. Court is scheduled to resume Tuesday.
4 p.m. Peterson mistress takes witness stand
Susan McCauley, who worked at a bar owned by Drew Peterson, testified about seeing Peterson at a Bolingbrook fundraiser after Kathleen Savio died.
McCauley said she gave Peterson a hug and asked how his boys were.
"Oh they’ll be fine, she was crazy," Peterson said of his ex-wife, according to McCauley.
"He said she was on antidepressants…and that she was drinking wine, that there was a wine glass found by the bathtub."
"I said to him, basically, ‘You must have a lucky horseshoe placed somewhere,’" she said. "Now you don’t have to pay child support — you get the house.
"He laughed it off and made a couple jokes."
McCauley is Peterson’s former mistress — a detail that jurors were not allowed to hear.
2:55 p.m. Savio's sister signed book, movie deal
Kathleen Savio’s sister Susan Doman testified that she signed a book and movie deal that guaranteed her $30,000 if a film was made, specified that she be portrayed in a "positive" light and allowed the story to be "fictionalized" to make it more colorful.
Defense attorney Joseph Lopez asked if she now has a financial motive in seeing Drew Peterson convicted so her the book will be released.
"No," Doman replied. "This book is about domestic violence."
"This book is about you being paid," Lopez replied.
"No," Doman said.
2:45 p.m. Pace of trial frustrates jurors
With the trial continuing to move at what the judge has previously called a "glacial pace," some jurors have begun to get irritated.
Some jurors began to groan after the judge dismissed them from the courtroom over the latest objection, this time brought by prosecutors during the cross-examination of Kathleen Savio's sister Susan Doman.
Judge Edward Burmila sustained the objection, brought the jurors back and the testimony has resumed.
2:10 p.m. Savio's sister confronted Peterson
Not long after Kathleen Savio died, Susan Doman said she confronted Drew Peterson.
"Did you kill my sister?" Doman said she asked him. "He was very surprised — he kind of choked and said, ‘I wouldn’t kill the mother of my children.’"
1:40 p.m. Savio 'was terrified,' sister says
Kathleen Savio’s sister Susan Doman told jurors that Savio told her several times about an alleged attack by Drew Peterson inside her home.
Doman said her sister told her she was in the basement when Peterson held a knife to her throat.
"He told her he could kill her and make it look like an accident," Doman testified. "She was terrified."
12:05 p.m. Lunch break
The trial has recessed for lunch. Kathleen Savio's boyfriend is done testifying. The next scheduled witness is Savio's sister Susan Doman.
10:45 a.m. 'She told me Kathy was dead'
Kathleen Savio's boyfriend Steve Maniaci said he and Savio had an argument on Saturday Feb. 28, 2004, because she was upset with him for not coming over to her home.
He did not speak to her the following day, and was unable to reach her on the phone Monday.
That Monday evening, he got a call from Savio's neighbor saying that Drew Peterson was at the home with a locksmith, and they were preparing to enter Savio's home.
Maniaci said he called the neighbor back a little while later.
"She told me Kathy was dead," he said.
Maniaci drove to Savio's home, where he saw Peterson standing near the street.
"(He) was underneath the streetlight, seemed to be writing a report," Maniaci said. " I went up to him and asked him what the hell happened. He said he didn't know. I said, 'Drew I hope you didn't have anything to do with this.' He said he did not. There was a little bit of small talk and then I said, 'Boy, this sure worked out well for you.' He said she would have lost anyway during the divorce."
10 a.m. Savio boyfriend didn't see abrasions
Kathleen Savio’s boyfriend Steve Maniaci testified that he reunited with Savio in December 2001 after a Christmas party, and the two began seeing each other several times a week.
He said he knew Savio's marriage was "not good."
Maniaci said that on Feb. 27, 2004, the Friday before Savio's body was found, the couple went to Naperville for dinner and drinks, then returned to her home where they had sex.
Maniaci said he did not notice any of the abrasions that were later found on her arms and buttock when her body was discovered.
9:40 a.m. Witness list: Cop, boyfriend, mistress
Today’s witness list includes Kathleen Savio’s boyfriend Steve Maniaci, her sister Susan Doman, former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Teresa Kernc and Drew Peterson’s former mistress Susan McCauley.
Kernc took a police report from Savio about Peterson threatening her, allegedly with a knife. Kernc testified at a hearing in 2010 that Savio did not want the detail about the knife included in the report because she was worried it would cost Peterson his job.
When interviewed by Kernc, Peterson denied attacking Savio, said she had invited him over to her home and alleged that Savio exposed herself to him and asked if he "missed this."
McCauley, Peterson's former mistress who worked as a bartender at his Montgomery bar, testified during a pretrial hearing about a 2004 conversation she had with Peterson at a Bolingbrook bowling alley after Savio's death.
McCauley testified that Peterson told her his boys would be fine and that Savio was "crazy." He allegedly told her Savio drowned in her bathtub after taking antidepressants and drinking wine, saying a wine glass was found on the tub.
Prosecutors sought during that 2010 pretrial hearing to use the statement as an example of Peterson telling different stories about how Savio died.
9:20 a.m. More letters from jail inmates
For the second time in as many days, the trial began with an announcement from Judge Edward Burmila that he had received letters from inmates regarding the trial.
"I hope this isn't going to become a daily occurrence -- and maybe the news media will be happy to know that they have legions of followers in the Department of Corrections -- but I've received letters from two more inmates," Burmila said. "The inmates say they've been closely following the news on television and in the newspapers and they want to share information that they have on this case."
Burmila gave copies of the letters to both sides in the case and said they would be part of the record, but added that "once again, I will not be contacting these individuals."
Following his announcement, the trial opened with testimony from Steve Maniaci, Savio's boyfriend, who said he met Savio when they worked together in the mid-1980s.
9 a.m. Hearsay testimony 'dirties up Drew'
As he entered the courthouse this morning, defense attorney Steven Greenberg said hearsay testimony that has been allowed in the trial "dirties up Drew" but doesn't prove he was in Savio's house the night she died.
On Thursday, Savio's friend recalled seeing Savio "in shock" and watching as she unzipped her fleece jacket collar. "I saw red marks on her neck," Mary Parks said, clutching her neck with her right hand to indicate where she saw the three marks.
"She told me that, the evening before, she was coming down the stairs and her husband came into the house and he grabbed her by the neck and pinned her down. She said her husband at that point said to her, 'Why don't you just die?' "
6:45 a.m. Trial enters 8th day after friend's testimony
The murder trial of Drew Peterson enters its eighth day after dramatic testimony from Kathleen Savio's friend, who said Peterson's third wife told her a year before she died that Peterson once broke into her home, grabbed her by the throat, pinned her down and threatened her.
Mary Parks, who attended nursing classes at Joliet Junior College with Savio, tried to keep her composure as she recalled seeing her friend "in shock" and watching as she unzipped her fleece jacket collar.
"I saw red marks on her neck," Parks said, clutching her neck with her right hand to indicate where she saw the three marks.
"She told me that, the evening before, she was coming down the stairs and her husband came into the house and he grabbed her by the neck and pinned her down. She said her husband at that point said to her, 'Why don't you just die?'"
Parks said she frequently walked Savio, who was afraid of Peterson, to her car after school. Savio told her how Peterson threatened her.
"Kathy told me that her husband, Drew Peterson, told her that he could kill her and make her disappear," Parks said. Later in the day, Parks broke down in tears on the stand and the judge called a brief recess so she could compose herself.
Parks said Savio told her the incident occurred on the stairs of her suburban home the night before the women spoke around Thanksgiving in 2003.
A year later, Savio's body was found in a dry bathtub at her home — a gash on the back of her head. Her death was reclassified from an accident to a homicide after Peterson's fourth wife, 23-year-old Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007. Peterson, now 58, is a suspect in her disappearance but hasn't been charged.
While Parks' testimony was sometimes confrontational, the trial Thursday also included moments that provoked laughter in the courtroom.
There was Brodsky's successful objection to a question by a fellow defense lawyer; State's Attorney James Glasgow's questioning of a witness before jurors were there to hear it; and a letter from a prison inmate to the judge offering information that linked the Peterson case to the Abraham Lincoln assassination and Trayvon Martin's fatal shooting in Florida.
Also Thursday, Kris Peterson -- the youngest son of Peterson and Savio -- visited the courtroom and also signed a waiver of his claims in a pending wrongful death lawsuit filed by Savio's relatives against his father, something the teen could do only now that he is legally an adult, attorneys said. He turned 18 on Wednesday.
The waiver and courtroom visit show the support Peterson has from his two sons with Savio, defense attorney Joel Brodsky said. "They know he's innocent," he said.
Kris Peterson walked into the packed courtroom after a lunch break and took a seat near the front of the gallery, leaning forward to speak to his father, who turned around in his seat at the defense table.
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