July 23rd is the big day – Drew Peterson has been incarcerated since 2009 for the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio and now three years later he finally gets his day in court. Savio’s death was originally ruled an accident but after Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy Peterson disappeared in 2007, suspicions about Savio’s death resurfaced.
Savio’s body was exhumed and cause of death was determined to be homicide.
After several years of legal wrangling, jury selection is finally set to begin with opening arguments expected to begin July 31st.
Crime Ticker will covering the Drew Peterson trial – our site will have regular updates on the jury selection, testimony, legal arguments and of course the verdict when it happens. We are also including a timeline of critical events to the case, and a list of all the key people involved in the case.
Judge Edward Burmila
A former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. He was Will County’s state’s attorney’s from 1988 until 1992, when he lost his bid for re-election to James Glasgow, the current state’s attorney. He has represented clients facing the most serious of criminal charges as a defense attorney and became an associate judge in 2003. He took over the Drew Peterson case in May at the end of its long appeal process. Peterson’s last judge, Stephen White, retired in 2010. Burmila is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law.
For a complete list of Drew Peterson’s defense attorney’s and their biographies click here.