Kathleen Savio's sister is scheduled to testify for the prosecution in the case against Kathleen's former husband Drew Peterson. Peterson is on trial for first degree murder, he's accused of drowning Kathleen back in 2004. Kathleen's sister Sue can't speak with the media since she'll be taking the stand, but her husband talks about his hopes for the hearsay evidence.
Prosecutors have asked for approval to admit eight hearsay statements against Peterson. Kathleen's brother-in-law, who lives in Machesney Park, says most of these statements have a common theme.
"So many people said the same darn thing, that Peterson's going to kill her, and make it look like an accident." -says brother-in-law Mitchell Doman.
Doman wants nothing but justice for his deceased sister-in-law, Kathleen Savio. He's been married to Kathleen's sister, Sue, for five years, but Doman has known the Savio family since he was little. While he never met Kathleen's former husband Drew Peterson, Doman says his wife always thought there was something a little off about Peterson's personality.
"He always tries to put on the facade of being a nice guy, but deep down inside there's something that she just couldn't put a finger on."
The judge has refused the prosecution's request to allow eight key statements, but said he'd make a final ruling on each statement as they come up. Doman says these statements could help the prosecution make a strong argument against Peterson.
"I hope he lets some of that evidence in, because I think it's pretty good." -says Doman.
When asked if he thinks Peterson actually committed this crime, Doman says now isn't the time to talk about it.
"That's something I have to keep to myself, but when the time comes, then we'll know for sure."
Jury selection for this case started today. For attorneys, finding an impartial jury has been the challenge, not only because of the media's coverage, but Hollywood's as well. Back in 2011, a cable TV movie was made about Drew Peterson, starring Rob Lowe.
Out of 40 potential jurors, eight were selected today. Selection continues Tuesday.
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