Continual coverage of the trial of Drew Peterson for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
5 p.m. 'I will not testify,' Peterson says
Drew Peterson told Judge Edward Burmila he will not take the witness stand. Burmila, who had told Peterson on Tuesday about his right to testify or not testify, asked Peterson if he had reached a decision.
"I will not testify," Peterson responded.
"You will not?" Burmila said.
"That’s correct," Peterson said.
After jurors were brought back in, defense attorneys rested their case.
Burmila then reminded jurors to ignore any media reports about the case.
Court is adjourned until Thursday at 9 a.m.
4:15 p.m. Son questioned about mom's bath habits
Thomas Peterson said his mother sometimes liked to take hot baths and sometimes left her hair down in the bath, something prosecutors claim she never did. Kathleen Savio’s hair was down when her body was found.
On cross examination by the prosecution, Thomas Peterson said he did not recall telling a June 2008 grand jury that he didn't know his mother's bath habits.
He was asked on redirect by the defense if his mother ever took baths in the morning.
"That sounds highly unlikely, but I wouldn't know that either," he said.
4 p.m. 'I believe my dad is innocent'
Thomas Peterson said he noticed nothing unusual about his father's demeanor on the weekend his mother’s body was found in the bathtub.
"There was nothing out of the ordinary, I would remember if there was, but there was nothing out of the ordinary to my recollection."
When Kathleen Savio didn't answer the door Sunday evening, Thomas said his father "was a little bit concerned."
"I think we came to the conclusion that it was a three-day weekend. We'd forgotten it was a three-day weekend, so we figured she went out to dinner with a friend, so we went home."
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