Drew Peterson‘s trial for the murder of his ex-wife Kathleen Savio is scheduled to begin in a little less than two weeks. As the days count down, motions continue to be filed and Judge White continues to issue his decisions on them and on the admission of testimony and evidence.
Yesterday’s court date was a mixture of open and closed sessions, but these are the rulings as we’ve been able to gather from various news sources (despite some rulings being sealed):
- Pastor Neil Schori can testify about Stacy Peterson telling him during a public counseling session that Drew Peterson coaxed her into providing a false alibi for his whereabouts on the weekend when Kathleen Savio was killed. He can also testify to Stacy’s statements to him about waking up and noticing Drew was gone from the bed and his subsequent return to the house when she observed he was dressed in black and loading a bag of women’s clothing into the washing machine.
- Schori is banned from testifying that Stacy told him Drew had confessed to murdering Kathleen.
- Stacy’s statements to Scott Rossetto about the night Kathleen died have also been banned.
- Some statements about the incident in which Drew broke into Kathleen Savio’s home, cornered and threatened her will not be heard in court, including a taped account from Savio herself made for an insurance company. At least seven witnesses gave testimony about the incident during the hearsay hearings.
- A motion to delay the start of the trial past July 8th was denied. The defense had argued that they needed more time to read and review forensics evidence.
- Judge White is reviewing ISP reports regarding the search for Stacy Peterson and will determine whether the information is relevant to the case and if it should be surrendered to the defense.
- The defense still has not received from Fox News a videotape made during Dr. Baden’s autopsy of Kathleen’s remains. The judge may bar his testimony if the video is not produced. The recording was made by Steph Watts who says the video is less than 5 minutes long and that the camera was aimed at Dr. Baden solely.
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