Drew Peterson trial updates: Prosecution might wrap up case Friday
Joel Brodsky, the defense attorney for Drew Peterson, talks to reporters after Wednesday's court proceedings. (Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune / August 22, 2012)
3:20 p.m. Prosecution might rest its case Friday
Prosecutors said they will be in a position to rest their case Friday morning.
Assistant State's Attorney John Connor made the announcement to Judge Edward Burmila after the judge said he would not allow a state's attorney investigator to testify about a red "alibi folder" found in Peterson's home three years after Savio's death. The folder contained receipts from the Shedd Aquarium from the weekend that prosecutors say Savio died.
Burmila said he may revisit the ruling later.
Connor said the state did not have any more witnesses to call today. Both sides may still argue motions this afternoon.
2:30 p.m. Glasgow apologizes for language
Will County's State's Attorney James Glasgow apologized for using some slightly colorful language while making an argument before Judge Edward Burmila.
Prosecutors want to present testimony about a red "alibi folder" authorities found in Peterson's home three years after Savio's death with unwrinkled cash receipts from the day she died.
"This is a man he’s got a cash receipt... there's not a nick, not a fold, not a tear. I’ve never been able to do that and I’d like to challenge any man who could," Glasgow said.
He then noted that Peterson even had a cash receipt for a purchase at the Shedd Aquarium.
"Who the hell would keep that?" Glasgow said.
"Mr. Glasgow, please don’t say that," Burmila said.
"I am very wrong to have done that," Glasgow replied. "I seriously apologize. That will not happen again."
Defense attorneys say the receipts are irrelevant because prosecutors believe the murder took place earlier in the day.
Burmila hasn't yet ruled.
12:05 p.m. Gallery gasps at attorney question
Defense attorney Joseph Lopez asked why the Rev. Neil Schori had asked another man to accompany him to the meeting with Stacy Peterson.
Schori had testified earlier that the man sat about 10 feet away and was there as a precaution because he was meeting alone with a married woman.