Friend of Drew’s stepbrother to testify
February 17, 2010
By JOE HOSEY
JOLIET — The hearsay hearing set to start back up today will likely feature the testimony of a man who says Drew Peterson’s stepbrother shared details of covering up a murder.
Walter Martineck, the neighbor and long-time friend of Peterson’s stepbrother, Thomas Morphey, was subpoenaed by the defense to testify at this morning’s session of the ongoing hearsay hearing, two sources said Tuesday.
Martineck has already publicly told of Morphey showing up at his door and spilling a story of helping Peterson carry a blue barrel downstairs to Peterson’s waiting sport utility vehicle.
Morphey, who testified on Day 2 of what is now a 17-day hearing, went into great detail about helping Peterson allegedly move the body of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
One of Peterson’s attorneys, George Lenard, tried to cast doubt on Morphey’s tale by pointing out that his account differed from the one Martineck gave police.
Lenard said Martineck told police that Morphey helped carry a square container down the stairs of Peterson’s house and to the SUV. Morphey was adamant that he and Peterson carried a blue barrel.
Morphey was the only source of all of Martineck’s information about Morphey supposedly helping Peterson carry a barrel containing Stacy’s body down the stairs and to the truck.
Peterson faces a murder charge for allegedly drowning his third wife, Kathleen Savio. During the hearsay hearing, prosecutors are trying to prove he also killed fourth wife Stacy to keep her from testifying against him.
The state called 68 witnesses ranging from a minister to a mistress in hopes of getting 15 hearsay statements against Peterson allowed at his murder trial. Peterson’s attorneys have about 20 witnesses on tap, but may call one or possibly none if they can hammer out a written deal with prosecutors about what their testimony would entail if they took the stand.
That lone defense witness to actually appear might end up being Martineck. When contacted Tuesday, Martineck would neither confirm nor deny if he was subpoenaed by the defense to testify today.
Joel Brodsky, the longest serving of Peterson’s four attorneys, whose role in the case appears to have shrunk as the hearing progresses, failed to return calls for comment on whether Martineck would testify today. Charles B. Pelkie, the spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office, declined to comment.
The hearing is expected to conclude this afternoon with both the state and Peterson’s defense team expected to present their closing arguments.
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