“What did she tell them?” Lopez said. “All you heard about was that they had bacon and eggs for breakfast.”
As for Kathleen Savio’s divorce attorney, Harry Smith, Lopez said they put him on the witness stand because Peterson has nothing to hide.
“We didn't hide him from you. Did he say some things that hurt us? Yes. But he also said some things that helped us. But the important thing to remember is we didn't hide him from you.”
12:10 p.m. 'They've proved it was an accident'
Defense attorney Joe Lopez told the jury Kathleen Savio’s death was an accident.
“Kathy's death was already ruled an accident” by Dr. Bryan Mitchell, now deceased, Lopez said, drawing an objection from the state.
Burmila overruled the objection, and Lopez moved on to her death certificate, showing that it still classifies her death as an accident.
The state, he said, can't even say when Savio died. “Was it light out? Was it dark? Were the dogs barking?” he said. “Did it happen after 2 o'clock...Did it happen Monday morning? When did it happen?
“Proof beyond reasonable doubt is the standard. They've proved it was an accident all right, that's what they proved.”
12:05 p.m. Hearsay called dangerous
Defense attorney Joe Lopez shifted focus to hearsay evidence.
“You hear about hearsay, rumor and innuendo, water cooler talk,” Lopez said. “You don't have to believe any of it.... Just because someone says something doesn't make it so.”
Lopez then honed in on the fact that the divorce was the backdrop of the trial.
“People will say things to get an advantage. They'll blow their horn, and blow it and blow it until someone sympathizes with them.
“But you know what? The state hasn't proved anything beyond reasonable doubt — this case is riddled with doubt like Swiss cheese. You might as well get out a Ouija board to determine what happened.”
Lopez then attacked the hearsay law.
“You know, sometimes people go fishing, and they catch a trout and tell their friends,” Lopez said. “Before you know it, it's a 10-pound fish instead of a 2-pound fish.”