Drew Peterson trial updates: Prosecution might wrap up case Friday
Joel Brodsky, the defense attorney for Drew Peterson, talks to reporters after Wednesday's court proceedings. (Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune / August 22, 2012)
Burmila rebuked the gallery immediately and followed up with further admonishments after the trial recessed for lunch.
"I can't allow those outside influences to impact the jury in this case," he said.
Testimony is scheduled to resume at 1:15 p.m.
11:45 a.m. Minister did not contact police
During cross-examination of the Rev. Neil Shori, defense attorney Joseph Lopez hammered away at Schori for not telling anyone about Stacy Peterson's alleged statements or doing anything to persuade her not to return home.
"Her statement, she claims, 'I live with a murderer,' and you let her go back into that house, correct?" Lopez said.
"It's not my job to stop her," Schori said.
"You didn't stop her because you didn't believe her," Lopez shot back.
"That's not true," Schori replied.
11:35 a.m. 'She lied on Drew's behalf'
Testimony from the Rev. Neil Schori during questions from the prosecution:
Schori said he met with Stacy Peterson on Aug. 31, 2007, on the outdoor patio of a Starbucksin Bolingbrook.
"I observed her sitting by herself on the patio in one of the chairs as I approached.
"Stacy appeared to be nervous, tentative, um. She was sitting alone, so I didn’t really know why. So I approached and greeted her.
"I did all of my counseling out in public. Usually I did it at Starbucks…. And I did that because I never wanted to have any questions of impropriety on my part."
Schori said he talked with her about two hours. As they spoke, he said she became more upset.
"She withdrew physically, sort of into herself, I recall her pulling her leg up and hugging it.
"She silently cried. She had tears running down her cheeks.
"She told me, um, that uh, one night she and Drew went to bed at the same time and they both went to sleep and she woke up in the middle of the night and she noticed that Drew was not in the bed with her.