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.

has been found guilty of first degree murder in the death of his third wife, 

His sentencing will be Nov. 26.


Updated 5:53 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 4:45 p.m.

None of the jurors were willing to speak to the media, but they released a statement through Chief Deputy Ken Kaupas of the Will County Sheriff's Department.

"We would like to thank Judge Burmila, the bailiffs, and the Will County Sheriff's Department for the duration of this trial," the statement said. "We have taken the responsibility bestowed on us by the court with a great deal of solemnity and diligence. After much deliberation we reached a decision we believe is just."

The jury declined to comment on their reasons for coordinating their outfits.

Updated 4:17 p.m. 

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."

Check out more coverage of the verdict from Patch

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. 

, sister of , 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 to tell them what the word "unanimous" means.

Burmila 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.


Plainfield Resident September 07, 2012 at 12:59 PM
While I whole heartedly believe Drew Peterson is guilty of one or both of his wives death and disappearance, I do not believe he received a fair trial. With all the media and movie Untouchable the nation convicted him long before he went to trial. "Drews Law" was made especially for him, simply because the Prosecution had NOTHING solid to pin him. This law was passed AFTER both incidences occurred, which should NOT be allowed. The authorities and judicial system convicted him long before his trial. It seems in this world lately, and in Will County, you are Guilty until proven Innocent rather than Innocent until proven Guilty. While I believe anyone who murders another human being should be punished to the full extent, I also believe that EVERYONE is entitled to a fair trial - something Drew Peterson was not. My sympathies and congratulations go out to the families affected by this (Kathleen and Stacy) for justice served.....and Drew, if you truly did this horrific act/s then you deserve to rot in he**! Right now, Only Drew knows the truth, something that may NEVER be revealed unless solid proof and evidence appears. Shame on the judicial system for 'changing the rules' because you had no evidence. Shame on the Jury if you had your opinions based prior to the trial due to media and movies.
Elena Maria Scully September 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I never believe what I hear unless I see and hear proof myself. But with him? Everytime I'd see his face? It made me nauseated and puke from all the negativity emanating from him. Call me a sensitive, I don't care. But I feel he got what he deserved. I also don't feel he will last that long in prison either. Just my honest opinion.
boo September 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Dosnt matter if you think hes guilty or not. Its a sad day for all when you have to basically create a new law (hearsay) to convict someone.Hearsay isnt evidence in my opinion. But when you cant build a traditional case or use the laws or standards of the past in Will county just create new ones.
Elena Maria Scully September 07, 2012 at 05:14 PM
No it isn't. And THAT is ignorance at it's best!
george September 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Now its time to find out about Stacey the young replacement wife that dissappeared cause she told her Pastor Thomas Morphey, who testified at a 2010 hearing that he helped move a blue barrel that he later came to believe contained the body of Stacy Peterson. And you best believe the same State Attorney is mouthing at the bit . is this Hearsay no its facts that have been taken at deposition for the very reason called HEARSAY and its all not a sad day when its the truth


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