Peterson hearing delayed; potential jurors called in
August 14, 2009
From Staff Reports
JOLIET — An expected hearing on a motion for a change of venue in the Drew Peterson case was delayed this morning when the judge told the courtroom he planned to bring some 240 potential jurors into the courtroom.
Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is charged with murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Will County Judge Stephen White said this morning that the jurors would be brought into the courtroom in groups of 60. He did not indicate if arguments on the motion for a change of venue would be heard later today.
White said he planned to give the potential jurors instructions, similar to those in any other case, about presumption of innocence and burden of proof.
Potential jurors also would be admonished about avoiding media reports about the case, White said.
Jurors also will be given a questionnaire that among other things lists some 493 potential witnesses in the case. Potential jurors will be asked to indicate if they have any connection with them.
All reporters were then ordered out of the courtroom.
Andrew Abood, an attorney for Peterson, objected to what he called a “closed courtroom.”White replied that there simply was not room for the potential jurors and the crowd of reporters.
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