Verdict: Drew Peterson Found Guilty of Murdering Kathleen Savio

The jury has given its verdict after weeks of controversial hearsay testimony, stops and starts and antics from both sides.

Drew Peterson has been found guilty of first degree murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

His sentencing will be Nov. 26.  


Updated 5:57 p.m. 

Rev. Neil Schori, the pastor who said Stacy Peterson Schori him Drew Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, had this reaction:

"My wife and I wept" when they heard the verdict, Schori said. "We literally wept together. It's been a long, long journey. "I'm absolutely thrilled with what happened," he said. "Justice is coming for Stacy's family too."

"I'm highly honored," Schori said. "I feel so honored to have given Stacy a voice. I got to be a voice for Stacy, and I did what she asked me to do."

Updated 4:17 p.m. 

Will County State's Attorney James said Peterson murdered Savio "because he was larger than she was," Glasgow said calling Peterson a "coward."

"He would threaten people because he had a gun and a badge," Glasgow said. "No one ever took him on. We took him on, and he lost."

Updated 4:15 p.m. 

The following is the complete statement from jurors: “We have taken the responsibility bestowed on us by the court with a great deal of solemnity and diligence. After much deliberation, we have reached a decision we believe is just.”

Updated 4:12 p.m. 

When the verdict was read, Drew Peterson grimly said, "Good job" to his attorneys, according to the Chicago Tribune.  

The defense team has been met with boos outside the Will County Courthouse. To this, defense attorney Joel Brodsky said, "a conviction is the first step in a successful appeal," according to the Trib

Updated 3:34 p.m. 

Cassandra Cales, sister of Stacy Peterson, had this to say in reaction to the verdict: "Game over, Drew. I feel numb. It hasn't really hit me yet."

Cassandra wants to tell Stacy: "I love you, I miss you, and I've never given up hope I'll find you."

Updated 3:29 p.m. 

Pam Bosco, foster mother of Stacy Peterson's sister Cassandra Cales had the following to say in reaction the guilty:

This is personal. This is personal to so many people. I never lost the faith. I believe in the system. I don't think he ever faced reality and that's why he did it twice. Today he's facing reality. He'll never see life outside prison walls.

This man has to pay for Stacy. There's no reason this man can't be taken back into this courtroom and go through this hell again. Stacy's case is right around the corner. I believe that. I always believed that "he would pay the price for killing two beautiful women.

I think he was stunned, first of all. He thought he would get away with it. I think he understands how much he's a hated man.

Updated 3:06 p.m. 

The jury sent out a note saying they reached a verdict at 2:15 p.m. The jury was brought back into the courtroom and the foreman read the guilty verdict a half hour later.

Eight uniformed deputies were spread through the courtroom along with Sheriff Paul Kaupas and other security for the reading of the verdict.

Updated 2:54 p.m. 

The jury returned with its verdict around 2:50 p.m. Thursday after a day-and-a-half of deliberations.  

Peterson had no expression when the verdict was read. The Savio family was crying and hugging in the courtroom.

"Oh my god it's about friggin' time," sobbed Savio brother-in-law Mitch Doman as he hugged his wife, Savio's sister Susan Doman. 

"Now she can rest in peace," Mitch Doman said. "They got the murdering

"I just feel that she's with us right now," Susan Doman said. "I loved my sister very much. She's finally getting the justice she deserved. He's a sick man. He's an evil man."

What does "unanimous" mean? 

At 12:35 p.m., the jury asked Judge Edward Burmila to tell them what the word "unanimous" means.

Burmiila said he received the jury's question at 12:35 p.m. "Just to be clear, judge, what does 'unanimous' mean?" Burmila said the jury asked.

Burmila said he was sending back a note telling the jury that 'unanimous' means the agreement of all in regard to the matter at hand, and that when a verdict is reached, each juror must sign his or her name to it.

Testimony asked for during Wednesday's deliberations

The jury started its day shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Within two hours, they sent a note to Judge Burmila asking to see and hear some of the evidence from the trial.

Jurors asked to see Peterson's phone records from Feb. 28 to March 1, 2002 and the phone records of his missing fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, for the same time period.

They also wanted transcripts of the testimony from the Rev.  and Wheaton attorney , and a November 2002 letter written by Peterson's slain third wife, , to former Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Fragale.

On top of that, the jury wanted the Bolingbrook police report detailing a July 2002 attack Peterson allegedly perpetrated against Savio, and later requested—and was provided—photographs of Savio curled naked and dead in her bathtub.

An Illinois State Police crime scene technician took the bathtub death scene pictures soon after Savio's body was discovered by neighbors in March 2004.

The jury also asked for photographs taken during the autopsies performed on Savio and pictures showing the bruises on her dead body.

Defense attorney  objected to turning over some of the autopsy photos, which the jury has already seen. Brodsky claimed those particular photographs were "too gruesome" for jurors to look at again.

Thomas September 07, 2012 at 07:33 PM
You know what wasn't really fair! Stacy Peterson life was cut short! Stop the BS and remember who got the biggest shaft of all! Sorry you feel the killer wasn't tried properly. Go join the jurors from the OJ case!
Hamish September 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Thomas if Stacy got the short end... Wheres the body??? Thats right there is none.... maybe shes still alive ??? Hmmmmm
Jeff Muranyi September 08, 2012 at 01:47 AM
If I remember one of his other wives drowned in a bathtub ? I feel there should be an investigation into that one as well. Just like doctors, a cop won't rat out a fellow policeman. So who better to get away with murder then a policeman in his own community?
RobynD323 September 09, 2012 at 07:35 PM
People should understand two thing's. Thing's and Money are not to be worshiped to the point that you would "murder" for them. As long as they keep making money, you can get more. And material things are just that. They can be replaced but not a human life, Death is final. Death is wrong, and when you take matters into your own hands & play God- it's MURDER!
Angela Douglas November 14, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I don't think hear say should be allowed where is the real evidence.


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