Prosecution rests, defense opens in Peterson trial

The prosecution rested its case Monday against Drew Peterson in the murder trial of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Over the last few weeks, Drew Peterson's prosecutors described the death of Peterson's third wife as a murder; on Monday, defense lawyers began presenting a different version of what happened. 

Defense attorney Steve Greenberg made a case for directed verdict, noting Judge Edward Burmila has granted them in past cases.  But the directed verdict was denied by the judge. 

If the judge had approved, it would mean the prosecution did not make a strong enough case to continue the trial and the case would be thrown out.

Peterson's attorneys launched their defense Monday, but before they did, prosecutors got a letter written by Kathleen Savio admitted into evidence. It was sent to Assistant State's Attorney, Elizabeth Fragale.

The letter was read to the jury and in it, Savio says how she feared for her life and how she thought she would never see her boys again.

As the case continues, one question remains: Will Peterson testify?

Sources tell the Chicago Tribune that Peterson's sarcastic demeanor may not appeal to the jury. His attorneys tell WGN'S Judy Wang that in the end it will be up to Peterson to decide if he will take the stand or not.

The defense got through several witnesses on Monday. It's possible that Savio and Peterson's oldest son Thomas could testify Tuesday.

If you've been keeping up on the jury's wardrobe, its members wore sports jerseys Monday. The judge noted how smart the jury is because no one was wearing a Cubs shirt.