Jury selection for the trial started today.
Drew Peterson’s trial began today with jury selection and he kicked off the process by introducing himself to potential jurors. In a steady voice and with his now famous moustache shaved, he simply stated, ”Good morning ladies and gentlemen, I’m Mr. Peterson.”
Peterson spoke to about 40 of the 200 possible jurors for the trial.
Drew Peterson is the sole suspect in the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio and also the prime suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife Stacy Peterson. However in a move to reinforce his belief that she is still alive, he has added her to the list of potential witnesses for the defense.
Finding unbiased jurors could prove to be the most difficult task of all – it has been 5 years since Stacy Peterson has gone missing and in that time Drew Peterson’s strange and confrontational behaviour has kept him in the spotlight. In January of 2012 Lifetime aired a made-for-TV movie “Untouchable” about Drew Peterson which starred Rob Lowe – the movie achieved record ratings for the network.
Since Savio’s death was originally declared an accident, there is little evidence that the prosecution has that will prove their case, instead they are heavily relying on hearsay statements that were made by Savio to her divorce attorney shortly before her death, the comments essentially implicate Drew Peterson should anything happen to her. For the past few years lawyers have been wrangling over what statements, if any, would be admissible into the trial.