UPDATE 2:00 CST:
Judge Burmila has ruled that the jurors for Peterson’s trial will be chosen from the original jury pool of 175 chosen two years ago
UPDATE 2:25 CST:
The media has been cleared from the courtroom while the defense argues to bar certain statements from Pastor Neil Schori who met with Stacy Peterson a few weeks before her disappearance. Schori has testified at pre-trial hearings that Stacy told him Drew “did it”, that he killed Kathleen and coached her for hours on what she should say to the police.
UPDATE 3:04 CST:
Judge Burmila has decided the scene of Kathleen Savio’s death cannot be recreated in court and ruled that three of seven video clips from Peterson are inadmissible.
UPDATE 4:11 CST:
Judge Burmilla rejects defense motion about prosecution’s alleged lack of evidence and tells them to instead raise objections in court and seek a directed verdict.
UPDATE 5:07 CST:
The judge is allowing four of the videos (seven total). However, he is allowing the others by the use of transcript. Harry Smtih is testifying that Kathleen Savio was afraid for her life and instructed him to speak out if anything happened to her.
UPDATE 5:38 CST:
Attorney Smith has testified that he has not told everything that Kathleen Savio told him, considering some of it to fall under attorney-client privilege. Judge Burmila says that he will meet with Smith privately tomorrow to hear him.
Burmila rejected a defense motion on the potential pool of jurors. About 175 potential jurors previously filled out a questionnaire and were admonished not to follow news of the case. Peterson’s jurors likely will be picked from the original pool set aside in 2009, despite objections from his defense attorneys
Burmila sided with the prosecution in ruling that evidence Peterson owned a lock pick is admissible in court. The defense said there was an inference that Peterson used it and said there is no information as to how the Savio’s killer got in the home.
Burmila partially sided with the defense regarding the admission of TV interviews Peterson had given. Three videos were denied while four were deemed admissible. However the transcripts from the videos are admissible. The videos are from various news outlets.
Burmila gave a partial victory to the defense in banning, for now, testimony about a demonstration an expert did with a woman of Savio’s size to recreate how she died. The judge said an expert’s testimony will be limited to his observations of the bathtub.
Burmila cleared the courtroom of media during arguments over whether statements from Rev. Neil Schori will be allowed in the trial. Prosecutors said they want Schori to testify that Stacy Peterson told him she saw Drew Peterson return home late, dressed in black and carrying a bag of women’s clothing shortly before Savio was found dead. Burmila said he’ll rule on that question next week.
Burmila ruled that prosecutors must provide a daily notice of potential witnesses.
Drew Peterson is in court today for arguments about pre-trial motions in advance of his trial for murder which begins at the end of July.
We’ll be updating this post throughout the day and keeping track of proceedings in the comments thread.
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