Joel Brodsky is back in town and one can only assume that Monday he will be getting around to dealing with his client, Drew Peterson, who currently sits in isolation in the medical unit of the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
Peterson is scheduled for an arraignment hearing on May 18, for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
It’s anyone’s guess when the case will actually go to trial, but when it does who do you think will be called up as witnesses? The following is a list I put together but maybe you can think of more…or reasons why some of these people might not be called.
- Michael Baden, M. M.D.
He analyzed Kathleen Savio’s remains November 16, 2007 at the request of her relatives. He concluded she died after a struggle, and her body was placed in the bathtub where she was found.
- Bill Belcher Jr.
A witness for Kathleen’s first autopsy, March 1, 2004
- Dr. Larry W. Blum
Forensic pathologist who performed autopsy of Kathleen on November 13, 2007. Concluded in his report that the actual cause of Kathleen Savio’s death was drowning and that the legal manner of death was homicide. “Dr. Blum’s forensic report renders his expert opinion that this is a homicide,”
- Bob Brenczewski
Will County Chief Deputy Coroner
- Mike Calcagno
BBPD Chief in 2004 said he felt for Kathleen and gave her his personal cell number
- Steven Carcerano
A friend and former neighbor of Drew and Kathleen. Discovered Kathleen’s body.
- James B. Carrol
Drew Peterson’s Uncle and executor of the estate of Kathleen Savio
- Victoria L. Connolly
Drew Peterson’s 2nd Wife
Said that during their marriage an increasingly controlling Peterson told her he could kill her and make it look like an accident.
- Charlie Dastych
DuPage County’s Chief Deputy Coroner
Reviewed Kathleen’s autopsy report at CBS 2’s request. “The injuries that are noted in the autopsy report definitely indicate there is evidence of suspicion that could be looked at at a different level,” Dastych said. “Evidence of a possible struggle.”
- Bob Deel
ISP crime scene technician.
Deputy Coroner Mike VanOver: “Bob Deel was asked by me if he thought there was anything hinky here, and stuff like that, and if we should be doing something different, and I was told no.”
- Anna Marie Doman
Kathleen Savio’s Sister
- Susan M. Doman
Kathleen Savio’s Sister
- Charles H.Doman
Kathleen Savio’s Nephew
Worked in Suds Pub, a Montgomery bar Peterson had owned, as a maintenance man and disc jockey.
- Melissa Doman
Kathleen Savio’s Niece
Saw evidence of domestic violence done to Kathleen (black eye).
- Elizabeth Fragale
Will County Assistant States Attorney. Kathleen sent her a letter in November 2002 documenting domestic abuse from Drew
- Herbert B. Hardy
Special Agent who provided testimony at coroner’s inquest 2004 to determining cause of death of Kathleen Savio.
The testimony painted the 40-year-old’s demise as anything but fishy.” “And our investigation shows that basically, after the coroner’s report and toxicology that she died from drowning,” Hardy says” – “We believe that the laceration from her — that she sustained to the back of her head was caused by a fall in the tub,” Hardy said.
- Walter Jacobsen
FOX News anchor. Kathleen sent him a letter in November 2002 documenting domestic abuse from Drew.
- Steve Maniaci
Kathleen’s boyfriend at the time of her death.
- Gary L. Marcolina
Witnessed March 2, 1997 Will, of Kathleen Savio and Drew Peterson.
- Richard Mims
Drew Peterson’s Friend
Says he helped drew do surveillance on Kathleen.
- Dr. Bryan Mitchell
The forensic pathologist who conducted the initial autopsy
- Alex Morelli
Bolingbrook Police Officer and former partner of Drew Peterson and witnessed March 2, 1997 Will, of Kathleen Savio and Drew Peterson
- Thomas Morphey
Step-brother of Drew Peterson
Worked for Drew Peterson and Kathleen Savio, managing a bar they once owned.
- Patrick O’Neil
Will County Coroner
In November 2007 he reviewed Savio’s autopsy and said there were aspects of her death that concerned him
- Eric Peterson
Son of Drew Peterson, rumored to be estranged from his father.
- Kristopher Peterson
Kathleen Savio and Drew Peterson’s son.
- Stephen Peterson
Son of Drew Peterson. Lived at his home at the time of Kathleen’s death
- Thomas Peterson
Kathleen Savio and Drew Peterson’s son.
- Mary Pontarelli
A friend and former neighbor of Kathleen. In the house when Kathleen’s body was found.
- Nick Pontarelli
The son of Mary Pontarelli. Entered the house at the time Kathleen’s body was found.
- Thomas Pontarelli
The husband of Mary Pontarelli and the father of Nick Pontarelli. Entered the house at the time Kathleen’s body was found.
- Dennis Pratl
Orland Park Police Officer and inquest juror. Possibly knew Drew and could have swayed jury.
- Jennifer Schoon
Girlfriend of Stephen Peterson living at Drew’s home at the time of Kathleen’s death
- Pastor Neil Schori
Currently at Napervile Christian Church. Heard Stacy Peterson’s confession in August 2007 that Drew Peterson murdered his 3rd wife, Kathleen Savio.
“I believed, unfortunately, that it was exactly what I thought, and I believed that it was related to the death of his wife. But I clarified, and I said, He did what? And she said, He killed Kathleen.”
- Dr. Daniel Spitz
“When they talk about an injury to the scalp, and blood matted in the hair, I think it would raise questions of what caused this trauma if you’re drowned in a bathtub,” said DuPage County Coroner Peter Siekmann. “But basically healthy people that have no toxic substances in their system, essentially they don’t drown.” Siekmann has said he believes the jurors who ruled on Savio’s death made a mistake, and that her cause of death should have been listed as undetermined.”
- Henry M. Savio
Kathleen Savio’s brother
- Henry Savio
Kathleen Savio’s Father
“Henry Savio told Fox News he always thought his daughter’s death was a homicide. “I never believed anything else that happened to her,” Henry Savio said. “It makes me a lot more happier that I found out something that I should have found out years back.”
- Kathleen Savio
Will she be allowed to “testify from the grave”?
- Marcia Savio
- Nick Savio
Kathleen Savio’s Brother
- Mike VanOver
Deputy Coroner, Will County
Only a streak of blood was found in the tub, according to VanOver’s report, police documents and testimony by the state police special agent at the coroner’s inquest.
- Dr. Cyril Wecht
Former Allegheny County PA Medical Examiner
The defense has discussed the case with Cyril Wecht. His conclusion was that the original autopsy was accurate.
- The Locksmith who gained access to Kathleen’s house.
What do you think?
Also, Karen Conti who will be conducting a mock trial for this case and says it is tentatively schduled for May 28. It will be held at Kent Law School in Chicago.
Thanks to acandyrose where I got a lot of these names and associations.
Finally, please to enjoy this fabulous video of Joel Brodsky that JustanotherHen reminded us about. In light of recent developments, it really does deserve another viewing.
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