Recently, I spent an afternoon looking back at all the posts and threads from January 19-February 19th, 2010. You’ll remember that this is when Drew Peterson’s pre-trial hearings took place. The prosecution called over 60 witnesses to testify about not only the Kathleen Savio murder case, but Stacy Peterson‘s disappearance. Judge Stephen White used the evidence presented during these hearings to decide which if any hearsay evidence could be admitted in Peterson’s murder trial (the judge’s decision barring some testimony was overturned in April).
Specifically, I watched all the youtube video clips from the news during the hearings. One thing that struck me was that the formula for most clips is pretty much the same. A reporter gives a run-down of the day’s events and then Joel Brodsky gets some face time to refute the testimony and/or attack the witnesses’ credibility. Although Brodsky starts sounding like a broken record (especially after watching a few clips in succession) it certainly clears away any question of “media bias”. As far as the news goes, the coverage was undeniably fair.
A lot of the evidence presented had to do with the disappearance of Stacy Peterson. It’s highly likely that none of that testimony will be heard in the trial for Kathleen Savio’s murder. But it was presented at the pre-trial hearing in order to convince the judge that Drew made Stacy unavailable to testify, and so forfeited his right to confront, which cleared the way for her hearsay evidence (what she told her pastor, a friend and attorney Harry Smith about Drew killing Kathleen) to be admitted.
I don’t think any of us can predict exactly what will end up being presented in the upcoming trial–the defense is filing motions to bar as much as they can–but the videos are an excellent refresher on the State’s witnesses (at least those available in the Winter of 2010), and the evidence against Drew Peterson. I decided to embed all the videos in one post for easy viewing. They are in chronological order.
There are a LOT of them so pace yourself!
Drew Peterson hearsay testimony begins
Stacy Peterson’s Uncle, former boss testify at hearsay hearing
Drew Peterson’s stepbrother testifies in hearsay hearing
Cop admits mistakes in Kathleen Savio’s death investigation
Sergeant Admits Mistakes in Savio Investigation
Stacy said Drew was ‘going to kill me,’ neighbor testifies
Neil Schori testifies in Drew Peterson hearsay hearing
Pastor Neil Schori allowed to testify to Stacy’s counseling
Testimony from Drew Peterson’s ex-lover and ex-coworker in hearsay hearing
Attorney: Savio Said If She Died, Drew Did It
Lawyer: Stacy Peterson talked about leveraging what she knew to get more money from Drew
Would-be Hitman Testifies in Drew Peterson Hearsay Hearing
Ex-pastor says Stacy discussed Drew’s strange behavior
Minister: Drew Coached Stacy to Lie
Neighbor testifies at Drew Peterson hearsay hearings
Kathleen’s boyfriend says Peterson denied killing Savio
BBPD Officer: Scene of Kathleen Savio’s Death Fishy
Karen Conti discusses the role of hearsay in the Drew Peterson murder case
Psychic, ISP criminal investigator testify at Drew Peterson Hearsay Hearing
Pathologist: Peterson’s ex-wife’s death was homicide
Peterson’s second wife: Drew threatened to kill me
Videotapes shown in court of Drew Peterson contradicting himself, changing his story
Final Witness Testifies in Peterson Hearsay Hearings