Kathleen Patton

Will County Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen Patton stands outside the Will County Courthouse after her misstep during the Drew Peterson trial that may lead Judge Edward Burmila to declare a mistrial. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / August 14, 2012)

Judge Edward Burmila overruled the objection.

"The defense is entitled to a yes or no answer," Burmila said to Long. "The state will have an opportunity to redirect your testimony if they choose." 


9:55 a.m. Savio tested for toxins again in '07

PathologistChristopher Long said his lab was asked to retest samples from Kathleen Savio in November 2007, and traces of methadone, amphetamines and the base compound found in aspirin were found.

But Long said such results are common when testing older tissue, because those chemicals are the natural byproduct of decomposition.

After further testing, the lab again determined Savio's liver did not contain any drugs or other toxins that caused or contributed to her death.

Long added that no evidence of anti-depressants was found in Savio's liver in either the 2004 or 2007 tests.


9:45 a.m. Today's witnesses: Stacy's aunt, friend

Dr. Christopher Long is the first witness this morning and is expected to testify about Kathleen Savio’s 2004 and 2007 toxicology results.

Other potential witnesses today include Candace Aiken, Stacy Peterson's aunt; Donna Badalamenti, a friend of Aiken's; Scott Rossetto, a friend of Stacy Peterson; and Illinois State Police investigator Bryan Falat.

Aiken and Badalamenti testified at a hearing in 2010 about statements Drew Peterson allegedly made about how he could kill someone and make it look accidental and also a reference to killing himself if his marriage to Stacy did not work out.

Scott Rossetto, a friend who traded raunchy text messages with Stacy shortly before she disappeared in 2007, testified at a pretrial hearing that Drew Peterson coaxed her into providing a false alibi for the weekend of Savio's death.

Falat testified at a hearing in 2010 that Drew and Stacy Peterson appeared to be lying in interviews with state police after Savio's death. But Falat said his concerns were ignored.

"Quite honestly, I was sort of disgusted with" how the investigation was handled, Falat said in 2010.

Stacy Peterson appeared "scripted" and often looked to Drew Peterson when she was unsure of an answer, Falat testified previously. 


9:30 a.m. Pathologist: No toxins found in Savio

The first witness this morning is forensic pathologist Christopher Long, who told jurors his lab was contacted to perform tests for toxic drugs and other substances on samples taken from Kathleen Savio in 2004.

Long said his lab tested Savio's liver — where toxins are most likely to be found in the greatest concentration — and found nothing.

"We ran it twice, and they (the tests) were both negative."


6:45 a.m. Prosecutors to call forensic pathologist