Drew Peterson introduces himself at jury selection
Proceedings begin in long-delayed murder trial
- Duration 4:41
- Date Jul 24, 2012
Proceedings begin in long-delayed murder trial
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All right -- how about this that's the jury in drew Peterson's murder trial could be in place by the end of today finally after all of these years so the 58 year old former Illinois police officer.
Is charged with killing his third wife.
Kathleen savvy ago.
Back in 2004.
Now her death was initially considered an accident.
Until the police began digging into a whole other issue.
And that was the 2007.
To -- disappearance that woman 23 year old Stacy Peterson.
Who was his last wife her body has never been found Peterson's attorneys say that their clients bad reputation should not reflect on his trial.
Here's some of that.
-- Don't convict people because they're jerks.
Otherwise there'd be you know a lot of people and get -- that the most people would be in jail most of the people we represent.
Are not generally likable people and then some people dislike drew -- Did that that has nothing to do with the they're not gonna get instruction in the judge -- convict him because you don't like them.
Doing now by two people though and I'd probably have represented people memories about like all camera called it a criminal defense attorney.
Our -- doll's arm prosecutor while the box and contributors welcome good to have you both here hides in my retain a month and that they have to be likable people otherwise that well we're.
When -- put on the list yeah.
What a violent here today -- -- -- it happened but anyway so a lot of people think the Stacy Peterson and I think of this case mr.
Peterson case but that's not what we're litigating here are about to litigate here.
It's indeed Kathleen savvy know who was found in a bathtub and her death was ruled an accident.
So art there how do you think they're gonna go about this you know in terms of that the evidence that they haven't.
Case while personal notes to criminal defense attorneys when -- having news conference.
Don't Wear a dark sunglasses series yeah.
Stating that if it does that mean I'm I'm not even make it a joke about it I was -- that very early on and he's been to the media figures on glances up.
Good people wanna see your ice and that's part of what we do -- attorneys at the prosecutor you're asking and that's what's gonna happen -- -- your asking the jurors.
To trust you to believe -- -- that you're gonna give them evidence.
That could prove to them beyond a reasonable doubt that the circumstances.
Regarding this obvious death.
Leave them to the conclusion.
That he's the one mr.
Peterson is the one who caused the death.
And each and he gonna be connecting the dots yes there's -- -- witnessed is no confession they don't videotape.
But you're asking them to trust you.
I'm gonna lead you down this road about -- -- convince you beyond a reasonable doubt he did.
-- -- ever has a right to a speedy trial that that's certainly hasn't been the case here camera that this happened back and 2004.
Death and then the disappearance of his most recent -- Stacy happened back in 2007.
He's been in jail since 2009.
And the -- is very concerned that some -- -- -- -- maybe tainted by all of the stuff that's been out there there's a picture Stacy Peterson she was 23.
There's been a movie starring Rob -- some might question that casting decision there to -- -- Peterson.
But do you think that's a big concern here with this jury.
Well the first thing is that -- right to as speedy trial is something that you actually have to.
File that you actually want the speedy trial because.
It's it's it's really a a technical this or procedural decision on the part of the defense even though you have that right.
If you if you demand a speedy trial.
The prosecutors can say okay we're ready at any time now and -- the accident and not fully isn't fully there and answer you can put your client in a more difficult position to win a case.
Or -- -- case if you well.
But yeah I mean.
There were there were 200 jurors there were -- -- three.
Three years ago.
And since -- obviously people are going to be exposed to media coverage to the height.
To the movies but at least some of the jurors who who works -- they were honest about it and -- that -- I watched the movie I talked to my girlfriend -- -- -- talked about it at work because now you know that you need to.
Get rid of those her and -- said that he said he seemed healthy when I watched a movie very well at least they got right about -- that the thing I've never heard of this procedure before the jury is being summoned and basically.
And asking them to be sequestered their own self imposed sequestration.
From media covered but one of the if you want.
Does pet but what I -- big one agreement mortal women jurists that look we Libya it's an all face every day I couldn't have avoided I'm sorry did you dismissed -- -- that we've laid the ground work -- -- begins today we'll look Pakistan as -- -- thanks very much sense while quick -- which.