Prosecution expected to rest case in Drew Peterson murder trial Monday

After four weeks of testimony, and 33 witnesses, prosecutors in the Drew Peterson murder trial will wrap up their case on Monday.

In court today, prosecutors had been expected to rest their case, but as it has happened many times before during this trial, last minute wrangling over hearsay evidence pushed everything back.

At one point during the back and forth, one of Peterson’s attorneys Joe Lopez and his wife were shopping online for designer Italian shoes.

At the center of today’s battle was the possible testimony of Harry Smith, Kathleen Savio’s former attorney. Smith has been to court several times expecting to testify, but was told he’d have to wait.

As the state and defense went back and forth today, an irritable Judge Burmila walked out of the courtroom saying he’d return after the attorneys “got their act together”.

Earlier in the day, the state called Bolingbrook Police Lieutenant Brian Hafner, who testified that Drew Peterson was trained in crime scene forensic evidence. The prosecution was trying to show that Peterson would know how to cover up a crime scene.

Peterson’s attorney Joel Brodsky called that argument ridiculous because the training took place in 1981.

“There’s no way that four hours of a class 30 years ago is going to teach you anything about how to stage a crime scene or commit a crime,” Brodsky said.

Also taking the stand today was Ray Clark, a custodian of records for Sprint Nextel. Drew's missing fourth wife, Stacy, is believed to have used the "direct connect" feature to try to contact Drew one night. Stacy allegedly told her pastor she woke up in the middle of the night, and Drew wasn't in bed. She couldn't reach him. She claimed she later found him dressed in black, washing women's clothes that weren't hers.   

There is no record of a cell phone call, and records were not kept for exact times of "direct connect," but records do show usage.     

Stacy Peterson’s sister, Cassandra Cales, had also hoped to take the stand today, but did not get the opportunity. Cales said she was disappointed because she was looking forward to staring Drew Peterson down.

Cales was only expected to confirm her sisters’ cell phone number. Peterson’s attorneys instead agreed to accept a written statement in place of her testimony.

Cassandra Cales has avoided the courtroom during the trial because she says it’s too stressful to watch in person. She says she did enjoy seeing Drew Peterson in custody.

The trial will continue Monday, when prosecutors are expected to rest their case.