7:50 p.m. Final holdout swayed by hearsay testimony
The final holdout juror said he finally decided Drew Peterson was guilty after talking with other jurors this morning.
“After talking with them, in my mind I reached (that he was guilty beyond) reasonable doubt,” Supalo said. “It was only the hearsay that convicted him. If the hearsay law hadn’t been passed, he wouldn’t have been found guilty.”
6:20 p.m. Juror says verdict 'was a tough decision'
One juror said the verdict "was a tough decision. . .We had to do what we had to do, but I think it was just."
Asked about his opinion of Drew Peterson, the juror said: "He's a good father and he had good defense attorneys but. . .I think the decision speaks for itself."
5:55 p.m. Media gathers in Peterson neighborhood
Four TV vans lined the street in front of Peterson's Bolingbrook home, but Peterson's oldest son, Stephen, declined interview requests. He also declined comment when reached by phone.
The refusal left the assembled camera crews to train their lenses on front of the house, tracking the silhouettes of those inside.
Stephen Peterson has raised his four younger step-siblings, his father's two sons with Kathleen Savio and a son and daughter born to Stacy Peterson who were toddlers when she disappeared in 2007.
Stephen Peterson was fired from his job as an Oak Brook police officer after officials there said he obstructed an investigation by not telling investigators his father gave him several guns shortly after Stacy's disappearance.
A few houses away, a neighbor watched the crowd of reporters forming outside the Peterson house, a scene that has become familiar to residents in the Pheasant Chase subdivision.
"I'm sure there's going to be an appeal, and it's going to stay a circus around here for a while," said the man, who declined to give his name.
"Hopefully, the public will leave (Peterson's) children alone."
5:50 p.m. Attorneys linger at courthouse
More than two hours after Drew Peterson was found guilty, prosecutors and defense attorneys lingered among the crowd of reporters and onlookers on the lawn outside the courthouse.
Assistant State's Attorney John Connor and his colleagues Kathy Griffin and Chris Koch gave repeated media interviews, insisting that the case was not about getting Peterson, but getting justice for Kathleen Savio.
"Again, this case has always been about Kathleen Savio," Koch said when asked how it felt to see Peterson transformed from defendant to convict. "And to be able to turn to the family....that's the most important thing in this case, that they were able to know that justice was served."