Patrick Collins

Retired Illinois State Police Sgt. Patrick Collins leaves the Will County Courthouse after testifying in the murder trial of Drew Peterson. (Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune / August 8, 2012)

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

6 p.m. Testimony concludes until Thursday

Testimony has wrapped up for the day. Outside the courtroom, State’s Attorney James Glasgow praised the hearsay ruling by Judge Edward Burmila, calling it historic and a crossroads in the trial. But he also acknowledged there is a long way to go. "This is a marathon and not a sprint," he said.

Defense attorney Joe Lopez downplayed the importance of the ruling. "We knew it was coming," he said.

4:40 p.m. Savio kept knife under mattress

Kristin Anderson returned to the stand and resumed testifying, telling the jury about a conversation she had in Kathleen Savio’s bedroom about Drew Peterson.

She said Savio told her that "Drew had broken in to her house dressed in a SWAT uniform, held a knife to her throat and told her, 'I could kill you and make it look like an accident.'"

Savio also showed her a knife she kept "between the mattresses" of her bed for protection, Anderson testified.

4:30 p.m. Witness breaks down on the stand

Judge Edward Burmila asked that the jury be removed after Kristin Anderson broke into tears just before she was going to testify to a hearsay statement from Kathleen Savio.

She broke down, putting her hands over her chest, after Glasgow asked her what Savio had told her in October 2003 in Savio’s Bolingbrook bedroom.

A deputy handed her tissues and Anderson began sobbing as she left the courtroom to compose herself.

Anderson is expected to testify that Savio told her Drew Peterson could kill Savio and make it look like an accident.

4:15 p.m. Hearsay ruling could help state's case

Prosecutors view the judge's most recent ruling as a key development in the case, opening up hearsay statements that previously were banned. Judge Edward Burmila could still prohibit the hearsay statements from being heard by jurors as prosecutors attempt to admit them.

Kristin Anderson, whose testimony was previously barred by the prior judge hearing the case, is now taking the stand and being questioned by Glasgow. She testified at a hearing in 2010 that Kathleen Savio told her that Drew Peterson said he could kill Savio and make it look like an accident.

4 p.m. 'Critical' ruling in Peterson case

In a ruling that State’s Attorney James Glasgow said would be "critical" to the Drew Peterson case, Judge Edward Burmila said he is not bound at all by a prior judge’s rulings on what hearsay statements can be heard by jurors.