JOLIET, Ill.—After 8.5 hours of deliberating, the jury in the Drew Peterson murder trial have been sent home for the day. Deliberations will continue Thursday morning.
The jurors began deliberating at 9:37 a.m. on Wednesday. Before they began their discussions into whether Peterson killed his third wife Kathleen Savio, the judge reminded them Peterson did not have to prove his innocence, and they can't hold hold anything against him for not testifying.
Around 11:30am, the jury asked for a letter from Savio to Will County Prosecutor Elizabeth Fragale, where she pleaded for help. The jury also asked for the Bolingbrook police report for the incident in 2003 where Drew allegedly held a knife to her throat and kept her captive for hours. The judge ruled the police report can't go back.
In closing arguments Tuesday, prosecutors said Peterson is a cold-blooded killer, and he beat and drowned Savio.
Defense attorneys mocked the prosecution, characterized its case as garbage, and said there is no physical evidence to implicate Peterson in Savio's death.
If Peterson is convicted, prosecutors may be prepared to charge him next in the disappearance of his fourth wife Stacy.
Also, if Drew's convicted, he faces up to 20 to 60 years in prison.