Doman angers judge when she repeats what he said in denying a prosecutor’s objection. “Ma’am, do not mock the court again.“
Doman: “Oh, I’m sorry!”
Court is in recess until Tuesday morning due to ill juror.
Under re-direct Anna Doman reiterates again that Peterson told her not to come to house when he called to tell her Kathleen was dead, that police never came to her house to interview her, that when she went to the Savio house the next day that she was looking for a will – not cash and jewels, that she followed Drew around the house that day to a certain extent and that she told the ISP that she saw him doing things.
“When I was leaving toward the end, I saw her car, her SUV. It just hit me. There was just so much stuff going on in my head. You’re thinking about all this other stuff. And when I looked at her car, the briefcase just hit me. And so when I walked out and saw the car, I just thought about it. I’d never had anybody that close to us die. It’s just horrible.”
Patton: Kathy said that Drew was going to kill her?
“Yes, she said that to me. She told me Drew told her he was going to kill her. She was not going to make it to the property settlement. She was not going to get his pension or his children. She made me say it over and over and over again, ‘Tell me you’ll take care of my kids’ She was very scared.”
Redirect is over.
Attorney Lopez begins re-cross.
Lopez asks her again about contact with her nephews. She acknowledges that she didn’t send them Christmas cards. Asks her about television appearances she has made.
Court takes a break due to coughing fit by an asthmatic juror.
Lopez asks if she is aware that FOX news paid $50,000 for Baden’s autopsy. Doman says she believed the second autopsy (Baden or Blum?) of Savio was done pro bono.
Witness leaves while Attorneys and Judge discuss.
State: Doman said she went to Peterson’s neighborhood in 2007 because she had heard Stacy disappeared. Met Greta VanSusteren there. Peterson defense does not want jurors to hear about Stacy being missing. VanSusteren had offered to have new autopsy of Kathleen Savio by “world-class” pathologist.
Judge: Doman can talk about why she waited to talk about Kathleen’s fears of Drew and desire to have new autopsy by Dr. Baden, but can’t mention Stacy Peterson.
Redirect by prosecution Atty, Kathleen Patton. Jurors back in court.
Patton: You were going to the home of a woman named Sharon?
“Sharon Bychowski. I went over there to check on the welfare of Tommy and Kris.”
Patton: Why did you take along a death certificate?
“I wanted to use it as a form of identification, so she wouldn’t think I was a crazy lady. I had that and my driver’s license.”
“I did tell her [VanSusteren] I wasn’t happy with what was on the death certificate.”
Patton: Did you talk with her about getting another opinion from someone else?
“Yes. She said she could put me in contact with someone who might possibly help me, Dr. Michael Baden. He’s a world-renowned pathologist.”
Doman said Savio said Peterson would make it look like an accident. “I tried to tell police. No one would listen. All they said was it was under investigation. No one listened. I tried.”
Doman says that Peterson paid for her sister’s wake.
Doman filed an adjunction to stop Peterson from taking things out of Savio’s home.
Doman said in Nov. ’07 that Savio would put her hair up in a towel when washing. She doesn’t remember saying it today though.
Doman says she didn’t tell Mary Pontarelli about alleged threats against Savio by Peterson.
Jurors removed while prosecutors make “offer of proof” as to Doman testimony. Topic: Why didn’t she press about Peterson threat until ’07? (Offer of proof= Prosecutors question, defense cross-examines witness w/o jury. Will repeat for jury if deemed admissible by judge.)
Doman says that she didn’t see Savio’s boys after Savio’s funeral in 2004 until 2007.
Defense begins cross examination
Atty Joe Lopez: You turned over Savio papers to investigators 4 or 5 years later? Doman: “I’m not sure how much later, but it was much later”
Lopez: You gave documents to producer for Greta VanSustren before you gave them to state police? Doman: “I gave them some copies, yes”
Court takes a brief recess.
Court is back in session. Cross-examination continues.
Lopez “You didn’t provide any of those documents to anyone to be used at the coroner’s inquest?”
“I gave them some copies, yes.” “In fact, around December 16, 2008 you met with an agent from IL State Police, remember that?”
“And you gave her some stuff?” “Yes.” “Keys?’ “Yes. I remember the keys.”
“Are those the 14 keys given to you by the IL State Police when they came to your house?” “Yes.”
Doman says she didn’t know Peterson had a right to be in Savio’s home.
Lopez asks her about her intentions in going through Savio’s home. Was she looking for money, jewelry, anything she could take? Doman: “Anything relevant.”
Lopez: What did you take out of the house?
Doman: “Cancelled checks. That was pretty much it.”
Doman says she didn’t tell a police officer a day after Savio’s death about Peterson’s alleged threat to kill her.
Doman says she didn’t see what Peterson was doing inside the house.
Doman says she didn’t tell police that Savio told her that Peterson was going to kill her until 2007.
Defense objects – sustained
witness is shown a drawing of “Kitty’s house, the first floor.
With the use of the diagram, Doman points out various locations. At one point, they didn’t know where the defendant had gone.
Were you looking for the defendant? “Yeah, we were like, ‘Where is he?’ when we got there, the lights were out in here, and we heard Drew, but he wasn’t
in the laundry room…it sounded like it was coming from the garage.
Atty Greenberg objects. Sidebar.
Doman says she remembered to get the case out of Savio’s SUV before leaving her home
Peterson took Doman’s garage door opener. “I said give it back, he said no”
When you left the residence that day, how did you get out?
“As you’re standing in the garage, there’s a button right there. If you push the button, you can run out quick. As the door started coming down, I ran out quick.”
Doman says that Savio had bad reaction to cheap jewelry and would get a rash. She took off jewelry when bathing.
Defense Objects. Sustained.
Peterson came to Savio’s home while Doman and family were there looking for life insurance
“Drew came to the front door . . . he was banging on the door, and yelling, ‘Open the door!’ really loud”
“He grabbed a clothes basket…the boys needed stuff for school”
Do you know where he got the clothes basket from? “Upstairs, in the second story
“Drew had said he’d already called Henry, my brother, so I knew I had to call Suzy, my sister” “I wanted someone there with her, and said, ‘Please go there.’ And then I called her, and told her what happened.”
“He [Peterson]went in the purse and there was a $100 bill and he took it…said this is for the kids”
“He was rubbing the tub” “I asked him what he was doing he said he was cleaning the blood” “I don’t want the kids to see the blood”
“I didn’t know there was blood in the tub”
Prosecution calls Anna Doman, Savio’s older sister
Anna Doman questioned by Ass’t SA, Kathy Patton.
Kathleen Savio’s nickname was “Kitty.”
Doman IDs DP in court & photo of Savio. She lived a little over a mile from Petersons.
Doman says Savio came to see her 6 weeks before her death. “She was afraid and upset”
Doman: “Drew had told here was going to kill her. She wasn’t going to make it to the settlement.” “She made me promise over and over again to take care of her boys”
Doman says Savio told her about a briefcase that she kept in her SUV
Doman says Savio agree to divorce first, then would settle property later.
Peterson called Doman & told her that Savio had died after her body was discovered. “Don’t come over because she will be gone already”
Doman: “She was not going to get his pension or the kids. That’s why she was upset.”
Doman says Savio was told by Peterson “she was not going to make it to the divorce” or get his police pension or their 2 sons.
“she made promise over and over I would take care of her boys . . . over and over she said it, ‘Take care of my boys’”
“she brought in a briefcase, looked like a suitcase; she told me to get it. She had her important papers in there”
“she kept it in the back of her SUV, and I should look for it right there.”
“If anything happened, I should grab that; any important papers she had would be in there.”
Savio’s sister, Anna Doman, is expected to be the first witness.
Prosecutors assure Judge Burmila that Anna Doman will not be asked about a statement made the day after Savio was found dead in which she said, “Why did you kill my sister?”
Burmila takes the bench. State informs they are calling Anna Doman, one of the “statement witnesses.”
Jurors just entered courtroom
Drew Peterson’s trial for the murder of Kathleen Savio continues today. Yesterday, the motion for a mistrial was denied and instead the jurors were instructed by Judge Burmila to forget they had ever heard anything about a bullet in a driveway.
We saw a group of first responders and a locksmith on the stand who testified as to Drew Peterson’s demeanor, the state of Kathleen Savio’s home and bathroom and particularly about a wayward blue towel which seemed to only have appeared on the scene of Savio’s death when it came time for the investigators to take photos.
Savio’s divorce attorney, Harry Smith, who is one of the controversial hearsay witnesses that could allow Savio to testify from the grave, was called to the stand but never took it. Instead a confusing argument about his testimony ensued between Judge and attorneys.
Evidence tech Robert Deel; investigator Pat Collins, and sister of Kathleen Savio, Anna Doman, are expected to take the stand today.
We’ve had some questions about whether or not the Jury is sequestered. Attorney Joe Lopez tells us that they are not sequestered at this point as the defendant has not requested it. That could change when it comes time for deliberations.
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