Hearsay Evidence Peterson offered Hit Man $25,000 Leads to Guilty Verdict


By James Turnage

News services are reporting that retired Chicago police officer Drew Peterson has been found guilty of murdering his 3rd wife, Kathleen Savio.

Savio was found drowned in her own bathtub on March 1, 2004. Her death was ruled an accident. She had apparently fallen and became unconscious. When Peterson’s 4th wife, Stacy disappeared, Savio’s body was exhumed and after more examination, finding evidence of bruising on her back and front side as well, the DA’s office and police medical investigators came to the conclusion that such injuries could not be caused by a single fall. Peterson was indicted for murder in 2009. Stacy has still not been found.

Under new Illinois law, hearsay evidence was admitted in court. Proponents of the law claim it allows victims to “speak from the grave”.

There was other evidence. A former co-worker of Peterson, Jeff Pachter, testified that Peterson offered him 25,000 dollars to hire a hit man to kill Savio.

The jury deliberated for 14 hours before deciding to agree upon a guilty verdict for Drew Peterson. His sentence will be imprisonment from 20 to 60 years. The defense is confident they will win a reversal on appeal.

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