Attorneys are set to deliver closing arguments today in the trial of Drew Peterson, before jurors begin deliberating on whether he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio, Fox News is reporting. The former Illinois police officer has sat through a five-week trial involving the 2004 death of Savio. Her body, which included a gash on the back of her head, was found in a dry bathtub in her suburban house outside of Chicago.
Savio’s death was initially believed to have been an accident. But after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, was reported missing in 2007, Savio’s body was exhumed. Her death was officially changed and classified as a homicide.
Prosecutors are set to argue that circumstantial evidence points to the fact there’s just one plausible explanation for Savio’s death: Peterson killed her. However, the defense is set to say there’s no evidence tying Peterson to Savio’s death, and that the state hasn’t even proved that her death was a murder.
Chris Koch will deliver the state’s closing arguments, while Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow will deliver the rebuttal. Joe Lopez will deliver the closing statements for the defense.
Peterson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. If he’s convicted, he faces a maximum of 60-years in prison.
Written by: Karen Benardello