Woman who Found Peterson's Wife's Body Testifies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Drew Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio.

FILE - In this July 23, 2012 file photo, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow leaves court during a lunch break on the first day of jury selection in former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson's murder trial in Joliet, Ill. Glasgow will be the lead prosecutor when opening statements begin Tuesday, July 31. Peterson, 58, is charged with killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Lawyers for Drew Peterson have told jurors in Illinois that Peterson is the victim of a media frenzy that began when his fourth wife disappeared, and continued until he was arrested and charged in the death of his third wife.
But prosecutors gave jurors a different account -- of a man who does what he has to, including murder, to keep his ex-wife's hands off his money.
Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio (SAH'-vee-oh). He is suspected but not charged in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
Today's only prosecution witness was a neighbor who discovered Savio's body in a dry bathtub. She testified that Peterson ran up the stairs, took Savio's pulse, and declared somberly, "She is dead."
During opening statements, a prosecutor said Peterson had told Savio weeks before her death that he would kill her, and that she'd never see a divorce settlement or get his $300,000 pension.
But a defense lawyer said repeatedly that there was no evidence that the death was anything but a tragic accident.

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