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Drew Peterson – Tic Toc!

07/05/2010

Jury selection in Drew Peterson’s murder trail begins in a few short days and the legal wrangling over motions has been intense as the July 8th date looms.

Major points of contention are:

What missing wife Stacy, said about the death of Kathleen

The recent search for Stacy’s remains in the Peoria area

The controversial 2007 exhumation and autopsy of Kathleen Savio.

– The jury is not expected to hear much about Stacy’s October 2007 disappearance or her rocky marriage to Drew Peterson or that she told people Drew would kill her.

The judge has ruled however, to allow Stacy’s former pastor Neil Schori to testify.  Stacy told investigators that Peterson was home with her the weekend of Savio’s death.  She later allegedly told Schori that Peterson disappeared for several hours that night and when he returned home, he was dressed in black and carrying clothing belonging to another woman that he dumped in the washing machine.

Two months after meeting with her counselor, Stacy disappeared.

– Peterson’s attorneys asked the court to have access to the records of why State Police began searching a private hunting area outside Peoria for Stacy’s remains.  The dig was prompted by an inmate’s tip, supposedly.

After Judge White examined the files, State police did turn over reports detailing their search for Stacy Peterson.

“My glance at it showed it was pretty heavily redacted,Joel Brodsky, Peterson’s attorney, said.

Much of the information in their reports was blacked out and State police secured an order that prohibits Brodsky from discussing details of the documents.

– Peterson’s attorneys were also trying to get a pathologist removed from the witness list.

In late June, Will County Judge Stephen White was appalled after being informed a Fox News producer videotaped an autopsy of Kathleen Savio.

“You’re saying Fox videotaped the autopsy?” an incredulous White asked.  “Somebody allowed a TV station to videotape an autopsy?”

Savio’s body was exhumed in 2007.  After an autopsy conducted by Dr. Larry Blum, Savio’s death was reclassified from an accident to a homicide.  Then at the request of Kathleen’s family, Dr. Michael Baden performed a second autopsy.  He also claimed Kathleen’s death was a homicide.

Earlier at a pretrial hearing, Baden testified that  Steph Watts, assisted him with the autopsy by helping move the body and taking pictures! 

Watts was working for the Fox’s Greta Van Susteren at the time and disputes the account by defense attorneys, saying that he never filmed the body.  He said he shot “less than 5 minutes” of footage and it was strictly of Dr. Baden.

See, this is where I have a problem. Being renowned in your field is something you earn with hard work, unquestionable ethics, and a strong moral compass.  Somehow, it seems to me once the line to ‘celebrity’ gets crossed and ego kicks into high gear, objectivity and morals tend to get clouded and ratings overshadow common sense!

Many of you who follow crimes and trials can pretty much deduce what I am alluding to!

My opinion really doesn’t matter because Judge White has ruled that Baden may testify and I will not be on the Peterson jury!

I hope Peterson is watching the clock!

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Chicago Tribune – Stacy

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  1. Ritanita
    07/05/2010 at 9:18 am

    Donchais, I am so disappointed we will not see this trial.

    Thanks for the update on the pre-trial motions as well.

    Personally, I think Baden’s “third” autopsy is more a liability than an asset to the prosecution. I can just imagine the questions he will have from the defense.

  2. Sherry
    07/05/2010 at 10:07 am

    This will be an interesting trial for me. One, its close to home. Two, the first investigation was screwed up royally. Three, the hearsay that the judge will allow-will it be acceptable to a jury’s ears? Many in the Chicago area have expressed vehement disagreement to it being allowed. I think Judge White knows what he is doing since the prosecution is still seeking the allowance of more hearsay. I’m glad that the pastor, Schori, will be able to testify to what Stacy told him as far as what she saw that night Drew camehome dressed in black. Another ex-wife testified during the hearsay hearings that she woke up in the middle of the night to see Drew dressed in black standing over her as she lay in bed.

    This will be an interesting trial! But I’m just not confident that Kathleen Savio will see the justice due her-too many initial screw ups. The State has been denied alot of good evidence because of it. I’m hoping they have what it takes to put Peterson away for a very long time.

    It is my understanding that In Session will be covering the trial, with cameras set up in front of Kathleen Savio’s home. Steph Watts will be there, too.

    Thanks for covering this case, donchais~

  3. donchais
    07/05/2010 at 10:39 am

    Yup, can’t believe how badly the investigation was handled. Talk about covering your own!

    I believe the only hearsay that is being allowed is Schori so who knows how the jury will react to a pastor!

    It will be interesting to see how arrogant and cocky Drew will be!

  4. David From TN
    07/05/2010 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve been thinking the same thing as Ritanita. When Michael Baden takes the stand, the defense attorney can ask on cross: “Dr. Baden, didn’t you testify for the defense in both the O.J. Simpson crminal and civil trials?” and “Dr. Baden, did you testify at the murder trial of Phil Spector that it was NOT a homicide?” and “Wasn’t Phil Spector convicted of murder?”

  5. David From TN
    07/05/2010 at 12:28 pm

    I would add that even if the judge doesn’t allow questions about other trials Baden has testified in, the defense can have a field day with the “third” autopsy. The defense will try to use Baden to take the focus off of Drew Peterson.

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