Motions filed on Drew Peterson case
Los Angeles (WAT)- Three new motions have been filed by Drew Peterson’s defense in an attempt to bar “hearsay” evidence from reaching jurors. Peterson, who is charged with the murder of his ex-wife Kathleen Savio and is the prime suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his late wife Stacy Peterson, will stand trial beginning July 31st.
Judge Edward Burmila ruled that he will compel Savio’s former divorce attorney, Harry Smith, to answer questions and that jurors will be allowed to hear comments Savio made to her. Savio, who was found dead in a dry bathtub in 2004, will be able to testify from the grave through Smith who claims she told him she was worried Peterson would kill her.
If Smith is to testify, it is likely that the defense will question him over two misdemeanor battery charges that were filed against Savio in which Smith acted as her defense attorney.
Also, in the defense’s favor, Burmila ruled that he would not allow video evidence of Peterson –including Television interviews. Peterson was once very public in professing his innocence and has even appeared on Larry King Live. Burmila claims these types of videos are extremely prejudicial.
Evidence still at issue is that of Stacy Peterson’s pastor Neil Schori. Schori testified over two years ago that Stacy Peterson approached him to talk to him about something strange she saw the night before Savio was found dead. She claims she saw Drew Peterson dressed in all black, putting his clothes and the clothes of another woman in the washing machine at their home. The prosecution must show relevance to bring Schori to the stand.
Another hearing is set for tomorrow to make sure both sides file all their motions to prepare for the upcoming trial. Jury selection will begin on July 23rd.
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