Drew Peterson in court

Drew Peterson attends the first day of testimony in his murder trial at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill. (Cheryl A. Cook, sketch for the Chicago Tribune / July 31, 2012)

Continual coverage of the trial of Drew Peterson for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

5:25 p.m. Stacy Peterson family pleased with first day's testimony

The spokeswoman for the family of Stacy Peterson said she was pleased with the first day of testimony, even though Stacy's disappearance was little more than a footnote.

"I think we had a really amazing witness today," said Pamela Bosco, who came to know Drew Peterson's missing fourth wife while serving as legal guardian for Stacy's sister, Cassandra Cales.

"What she told us was that Kathy (Savio) was a passionate person and she felt threatened because she had all these locks on her door."

But most important was the photo of Savio's body wedged face down in the bathtub.

"You felt the horror of that night," Bosco said. "It shows you it was not an accident."

-- Matthew Walberg


4:45 p.m. Day One is done

Testimony is done for the day at the Drew Peterson trial. Attorneys delivered opening statements to the jury this morning. This afternoon, attorneys questioned the first prosecution witness, Mary Pontarelli. The trial is scheduled to resume Wednesday at 9 a.m.

2:52 p.m. Neighbor describes finding body

Savio's close friend and next-door neighbor sobbed as she was shown a picture of Savio lying lifless in her bathtub.

"(That's) Kathleen," Mary Pontarelli said.

Pontarelli said she and her husband Tom, their son Nick and another neighbor, Steve Carcerano, entered the home late in the evening of March 1, 2004 after Drew told her he could not get in touch with his ex-wife.

After a locksmith picked the front door, Pontarelli said she and Carcerano went to Savio's bedroom while her husband and son checked the downstairs. Peterson, she said, waited by the front door.

When she entered Savio's room, she checked under the bedcovers while Carcerano checked the closets and called Pontarelli when he opened the bathroom door in the darkened home.

"I went into the bathroom, seen Kathleen in the tub and I ran out of the bathroom and threw myself on the floor and started screaming," she said.

Pontarelli said Peterson checked Savio’s pulse. She asked Peterson if Savio was dead. He responded, “Yes, Mary. She is.”