Drew Peterson guilty of first-degree murder

September 6, 2012 12:58:15 PM PDT
Drew Peterson has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third-wife, Kathleen Savio.

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The jurors -- seven men and five women-- reached the verdict after 13 hours and 52 minutes of deliberations. They only got the case Wednesday.

A gasp could be heard in the courtroom as the verdict was read. Peterson, 58, was watching the jurors intently as they were polled by the judge; all answered "yes" when asked if guilty was their answer.

Savio's death was originally ruled an accident, but the case was reopened after his fourth-wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007.

The prosecution's case was based heavily on hearsay evidence, in which friends of spoke about what Savio and the still missing Stacy had told them. Witnesses for the prosecution told the jury that Savio said Peterson threatened her. Stacy Peterson's friends testified that she told them Peterson had murdered Savio, and she had lied to police for her husband.

The defense argued there was no physical evidence in the case indicating it was a crime or connecting Peterson to the scene.


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