Koch talking to jurors about letter Savio wrote to judge, about comments to others about problems with Drew.
Koch says Savio claimed Drew came in her home & held a knife to throat, saying “why don’t u just die”
The motive is clear: ‘I’m tired of paying child support, I don’t want to pay you anything.’ The intent is clear; a knife up to her throat. Use it to determine motive and intent when you consider this offense.”
“I could kill you and make you disappear” Koch quotes Drew saying to Savio, according to witness Mary Parks.
Prosecutor Koch implores the jury to consider how many witnesses – at least 3 – said that Savio feared Peterson killing her.
Koch says Drew told his insurance agent that Savio’s death was drug related–even tho there’s no evidence of drugs.
Prosecutor Koch asks if it was an accident, why did Drew tell people he would be a suspect if police decided it was a murder.
Koch “He went into the house that night, and he pushed her down, he held her down, until she inhaled fluid, and she drowned.
Prosecutor Koch reminding jury of Pastor Neil Schori’s account of what Stacy said happened the weekend Savio died.
Prosecutor reminds jury that both Schori and Savio divorce atty Harry Smith testified Stacy implicated DP in Savio death.
Prosecutor Koch says “we have proved…beyond a reasonable doubt that he entered that home…He held her underwater, and he pushed her down. Because of that, we are asking that you find him guilty, ladies and gentlemen of the jury. Thank you.” This ends the prosecution’s closing argument.
Prosecutor Koch says “with the state’s medical evidence we have shown you that she died at the hands of another person and that person is the defendant. That’s who did this . . . less than one in a million people will drown in a bathtub.”
Koch: “Where in that tub would you get three separate points of contact? You can’t do it. You can’t do it.”
“DiMaio’s theory fails. Don’t give it any credibility.”
(Defense has twice objected, saying Koch misstated expert testimony. Judge overrules, says jury will recall evidence on its own.)
Koch now reviewing testimony from Savio neighbors, friends.
Prosecutor Koch says DP acted strangely that weekend, returning kids Sunday, not trying to reach anyone when Savio wasn’t home.
Peterson didn’t call cops to help with Savio wellness check. And if their relationship had improved, why didn’t he go in?
Koch: Neighbors walking in the house, not knowing what’s inside: “Drew knows. The defendant knows what they’re going to find.”
“Why doesn’t he have his gun out? Because he knows. He killed her”
“I just found my wife dead in the bathtub and they’re gonna think I did it” Koch quotes Drew “Why would they think that?”
Peterson returned to the house to clean the tub. Koch says, “Murderers sometimes go back to scene to make sure they got it right.”
Prosecutor Koch says DP stood to inherit entire value of Savio’s Bolingbrook home once she died. It was worth $300,000.
Koch reminding jurors about testimony of officer who had initial reservations about conduct of investigation.
Koch says cops let Drew sit in on interview with Stacy. “Defendant spent hours telling Stacy what to say in that interview”
Judge Burmila: “Good morning, everyone. We’ve reached the point of closing arguments . . . the parties now have an opportunity to make inferences from the evidence that was produced in this case . . . the State will have two opportunities to address you, because they have the burden of proof.”
Koch: “You did not leave your common sense at the front door. When you look at common sense..it is clear this man murdered Kathleen Savio.”
Prosecutor Koch tells jurors state expert proved healthy adults don’t drown in tub unless they are drunk, drugged or diseased.
Koch goes over testimony on how Savio body was found jammed in tub, so could not be an accidental fall.
Koch has repeated his theme a couple of times: “common sense” and “everyday life experiences.”
Savio had injuries on both sides: “How can you get that from one fall? You can’t. You can’t do it. It’s not possible.”
Koch says Dr Case agreed with Blum. Touts her experience and her conclusion that Savio’s brain couldn’t have been injured in tub.
Koch says when you look at death scene, “there is not enough velocity” for a fall to render someone unconscious.
Koch reminds jurors of the women’s clothing Drew Peterson allegedly brought home, put in washing machine.
A smiling Drew Peterson arrives in court. All of his team are present now.
The jurors are not wearing matching clothes today.
Defense is setting up a power-point demonstration and then prosecution wants to see it before court gets started.
A few last-minute discussions on jury instructions before closing arguments begin.
Brodsky asking judge to remind people in the gallery to stay silent during closing arguments.
Judge: “One can only assume the people in the gallery understanding they’re in a courtroom… I don’t think I need to make any further admonitions than that.”
Atty Greenberg wants the judge to bar the State from saying that Drew Peterson did not want Savio to gain anything from divorce settlement. Judge says either side is free to object during closings.
Jury enters the courtroom.
Court running late as Joe Lopez, who is slated to deliver the closing arguments for the defense tweets that he is stuck in traffic.
Prosecutor Chris Koch expected to give an hour-long closing and Will County State’s Attorney, Jim Glasgow, expected to wrap up with a 45 min. rebuttal.
Defense attorney, Joe Lopez, will have nearly two hours for his argument.
Numerous relatives of Savio’s as well as Cassandra Cales are in the court room to hear the closing arguments. No relatives of Drew Peterson are to be seen. His attorneys have said he has asked them not to attend trial.
Courtroom observers began lining up as early as yesterday afternoon for a chance at a seat in the court room.
Today the defense and prosecution attorneys will deliver their closing arguments to the jury.
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