Drew Peterson trial updates: Peterson said Savio overdosed

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow outside of the courthouse Thursday. (Abel Uribe/Tribune)

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

5 p.m. Done until Tuesday

Judge Edward Burmila said he will rule later on whether to allow testimony about Drew Peterson allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill Kathleen Savio.

The trial continues Tuesday with the start of the fourth week of testimony.

4:25 p.m. Alleged hitman testimony at issue

Jennifer Schoon's testimony has concluded and jurors have been sent home.

Attorneys now are arguing about whether Judge Edward Burmila should allow testimony from a man who claims Drew Peterson offered him $25,000 to find a hitman to kill his ex-wife Kathleen Savio.

Testimony is scheduled to resume Tuesday.

3:55 p.m. Peterson said Savio overdosed

A former girlfriend of Drew Peterson’s son Stephen told jurors about Peterson's description of his ex-wife's death not long after he discovered her body.

Jennifer Schoon testified she was living in Peterson's home with her boyfriend when Peterson described how Kathleen Savio had died.

"She had drowned in the bathtub and hit her head and there was no water in the bathtub because there as a leak in the tub," Schoon said. "I was told that there were antidepressants on the counter."

"Who told you?" asked Assistant State’s Atty John Connor.

"Drew Peterson did," Schoon said.

"Did he indicate she had possibly overdosed on these medications?" Conner asked.

"Yes, that she may have taken them," Schoon said.

Schoon testified that Peterson also told her there was blood in the bathtub from Savio hitting her head.

3:20 p.m. Peterson called death 'drug-related'

After Scott Rossetto was barred from testifying, prosecutors called a retired claims adjuster who handled the insurance company investigation into Kathleen Savio’s death.