Continual coverage of the trial of Drew Peterson for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
5 p.m. Testimony to resume Thursday
Testimony has concluded for the day. Court resumes Thursday morning.
4:50 p.m. Doctor assesses Savio's wounds
Dr. Larry Blum said healthy 40-year-old women such as Kathleen Savio don’t drown accidentally in bathtubs unless they’re drunk, drugged or diseased, and Savio was none of those.
He also testified about the various wounds he found on Savio’s body.
Savio had fresh wounds on her right hand and buttock that were suffered no more than one hour before her death, Blum testified.
Blum said bruises on her shins were no more than 24 hours old at the time of her death. He described the bruises as down to the bone and caused by a great amount of force.
Blum also said there were no concentrated edges on Savio’s tub that could have caused the laceration on her head.
3:45 p.m. Judge jokes about blowing brains out
After prosecutors allegedly continued to ignore his rulings in the Drew Peterson murder trial, the frustrated judge presiding over the case joked about feeling like blowing his brains out.
Judge Edward Burmila recalled practicing as an attorney before now-deceased Judge Angelo Pistilli. Courtroom 407 at the Will County courthouse in Joliet — where the Peterson trial is being heard — is named after Pistilli.
"Before he would reach a ruling…he would say, ‘Or in the alternative, I guess there’s nothing left to do but for me to blow my brains out,’" Burmila said. "I’ve never really understood what he meant by that. But the public display of the state’s obvious disregard for the orders of this court is replete in the record."
3:30 p.m. 'You are not a potted plant'
For the second time today, Judge Edward Burmila castigated prosecutors for continuing to ignore his orders.
Dr. Larry Blum testified that he crawled into the bathtub in Kathleen Savio's bathroom even though Burmila had banned any testimony from him about that subject.
Defense attorney Ralph Meczyk asked that the testimony of Dr. Blum — a critical prosecution witness — be stricken. He said that the prosecutors have repeatedly flaunted the court's orders.
"With all due respect to the court…you are not a potted plant," Meczyk said.
State's Atty. James Glasgow apologized to the judge and said it was a mistake by the witness. He admitted he also slipped up after being on his feet questioning Blum for more than an hour