Peterson Trial: Day 6
August 8, 2012 9:28PM
Updated: October 11, 2012 6:09PM
■ Kristin Anderson testified Kathleen Savio told her in October 2003 that Drew Peterson had put a knife to her throat and warned her “I could kill you and make it look like an accident.” Savio also showed her a knife she kept under her mattress for protection, said Anderson, a friend who was staying in Savio’s Bolingbrook home.
■ Judge Edward Burmila cleared the way for Anderson’s testimony by earlier ruling her disputed testimony could be used against Peterson. The ruling also appears to clear the way for prosecutors to offer other secondhand statements purportedly made by Savio and Stacy Peterson as evidence that Peterson killed Savio.
■ Burmila also let stand earlier testimony from Bolingbrook Police Lt. James Coughlin that Peterson complained about the cost of his divorce and said his “life would be easier” if Savio died.
■ A retired Illinois State Police investigator said he let Drew Peterson stay with Stacy Peterson while she was questioned by police about Savio’s bathtub drowning death. Former investigator Patrick Collins said Peterson helped Stacy answer a question during the interview.
■ Witnesses who could be called Thursday include Mary Parks, a Joliet Junior College student who said Savio told her about threats from Peterson; Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil and Dr. Larry Blum, who performed a 2007 autopsy after Savio’s body was exhumed.