Did Drew Peterson coach his fourth wife to lie for him?
Dramatic testimony in Peterson trial
- Duration 5:07
- Date Aug 24, 2012
Dramatic testimony in Peterson trial
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And John it was a wild scene inside the courthouse this scene of a different sorts of course the prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case today in the murder trial of Drew Peterson.
After some explosive testimony.
Describing how the former Illinois police officer allegedly coached his fourth wife.
To lied to police for him now reverend Neil schori testified that Stacy Peterson.
Told him that Drew Peterson admitted he killed his third wife Kathleen -- -- and coached her for hours on how to lie and cover up for him.
Of course Stacy went missing several years ago.
And Peterson is the prime suspect in her disappearance there is no physical evidence tying Drew Peterson to the murder of his third wife Kathleen said -- Whose body was found in a dry bathtub in her home.
Police originally classified her death as it -- It was -- -- legal panel right now joining me chip -- -- criminal defense attorney and we have Donald slights where slights work.
Is from former police officer in your form prosecutor.
Starr for murdering your name above part that I'm -- third is messing up your name -- good to see both the view.
You know and I say wild because apparently yesterday in the courtroom be the jury they sort of like had a lot -- aghast that if you will.
To some of the testimony they heard so we're talking about the pastor testifying.
That basically wife number four was told to cover up for added the killings the alleged killing of wife number three.
-- military Q is this the linchpin in this case.
It may or may not I think that what we have to understand is that the jury's going to be given an instruction.
Take this testimony with a lot of caution because the person who made this statement wasn't cross examine butts.
Hearsay evidence is very powerful and it's very dangerous and that's what we have rules of hearsay.
I've seen in many cases were decided evidence comes that -- -- completely.
Influences a jury to render a verdict so I think it's very dangerous.
Testimony against Drew Peterson.
So if it's danger is chip how did the defense poke a hole -- that testimony.
Well they didn't do it yesterday at least from the reports that I saw as a matter of fact the cross examination seemed to fail.
In a completely other than taken a couple potshots at the reverend had some other individual close by because of -- concern that.
Stacy Peterson was a married woman he -- -- be seen doing anything wrong but other and that this is very damaging testimony will probably prevent the defense from getting a directed verdict.
I think they're open because there's no physical evidence.
That they had a chance to get a directed verdict but this is damaging testimony make no mistake about it let's let me read -- -- you go ahead could Donald.
I -- really -- that the cross examination of this witness was really bad asking the -- -- -- reverend.
Whether or not Stacy was trying to seduce him.
As just the letter -- it shows that you're grasping for straws.
Or the real unveiled individually don't just -- politics the big babies they say that because Stacy Peterson and had that the pastor -- -- at a Starbucks in in town.
It which is where they -- she allegedly told -- all of this Saudi account of what happened.
And that means that there's that are there are no -- -- to -- singling out of my mind that I'm just simply saying that it that's why did it defense was saying that day.
Would put -- getting people together alone that Colin telling.
But let me continued -- with -- testimony from yesterday.
In that same conversation that took place that Starbucks in town where the pastor -- -- treated CC Peterson is -- she told him that she woke up in the middle of that night.
It's confined drew she couldn't -- -- on his phone she went downstairs.
And she saw Drew Peterson dressed in black emptying the bag of women's clothing in their washing machine.
Then Stacey said that drew put his own clothes in the machine.
You know there's some of the testimony that was that the jurors are not hearing because it's it's it's considered marital -- conversation between him a husband and a wife but the jury.
A certainly hearing that testimony yesterday so chip -- go back to you how do you think the jurors will process.
Well I don't think they're gonna profit.
Presently -- -- very well in front of them favor Drew Peterson is very individual circumstances about the depth.
And then all of a sudden at the very end of the prosecution's case they they hammer this point with you reverend coming through and testimony from space in which -- which is interesting because the jury's not being told that Stacy is disappeared.
So this is a very unusual case but the prosecution's.
Coming through very strong the big question I think -- -- Is whether I Drew Peterson because of this testimony may take the stand in his own defense died down a final word -- -- I have to hold true Peterson take the stand.
It is crazy to do so this is they're razor thin case is about as good as -- -- get for again.
If he doesn't he may give the prosecution what.
What they need is a lucky break they need some kind of a mistake to be made by the defense in the stupidest thing they can do is put that Afghanistan will keep watching Donald Schweitzer.
Depend sip merlot thank you very much good to see both again.