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)

The ruling, following a shouted argument by Glasgow, opens the door to more than a dozen hearsay statements previously barred by the prior judge, Stephen White.

Burmila will now rule on each of the statements individually as prosecutors seek to admit them.


3:10 p.m. 'I could kill you'

Patrick Collins has finished testifying and prosecutors are now asking Judge Edward Burmila to allow them to call Kristin Anderson, whose family lived for a time in Kathleen Savio’s basement.

State’s Attorney James Glasgow said Anderson would testify that Savio told her Drew Peterson said, "I could kill you and make it look like an accident."

2:20 p.m. Stacy Petersonshaken by Savio's death

Drew Peterson said his wife, Stacy, was especially shaken by Kathleen Savio's death because Stacy had a newborn and new responsibilities for Savio's children, state police Sgt. Patrick Collins testified.

1:40 p.m. Trial resumes

Court is back in session with continued cross-examination of retired state police Sgt. Patrick Collins by Drew Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky.

12:05 p.m. Lunch break

Defense attorney Joel Brodsky tried to establish retired state police Sgt. Patrick Collins' expertise during cross-examination, and that Collins saw no sign of a struggle at the scene of Kathleen Savio's death.

Judge Edward Burmila has stopped the trial for a lunch break. Testimony is expected to resume about 1:15 p.m.

11:30 a.m. Brodsky to question officer

After a break, court is back in session with Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky set to cross-examine retired state police Sgt. Patrick Collins.