Closing arguments underway in Peterson trial
Legal panel debate murder case
- Duration 3:50
- Date Sep 4, 2012
Legal panel debate murder case
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Right now closing arguments underway in the Drew Peterson murder trial the former Illinois cop accused of killing his third wife Kathleen said -- She was found dead in her bathtub in 2004.
Prosecutors will argue a mountain of circumstantial evidence points to Peterson the defense will say this state hasn't even proven -- -- death was a homicide.
Peterson was charged with first degree murder after his fourth wife disappeared in 2007.
He is pleading not guilty in this case let's talk about it would -- Wheeler Fox News legal analyst -- self is a criminal defense attorney.
And Rachel as a good criminal defense attorney you say that the client in this case is going -- Walk why.
I think clients definitely gonna -- in this case I wouldn't rent an apartment based on the evidence that's been presented in this case based on -- hearsay that's been -- -- -- -- -- let alone convict someone of murder.
They haven't even proven it was a murder and they went fishing around for -- after four years once his second wife became.
Went missing so at first it was ruled an accident -- got nothing no physical evidence no testimonial evidence placing them at the scene.
Nobody saying he -- they are so I think it's going to be very tough for somebody doing good conscious convict him of murder and sentenced him to life in jail.
Well I don't know I guess it comes into the united it brings into question but common sense aspect of the jury I mean -- how many.
Women good health.
Right slip and fall in a bathtub and then -- Right football in a bathtub a dry bathtub that is and a -- at one other -- the water apparently -- out after she died it would wasn't ruled it was ruled as a homicide after wife number four Stacy Peterson went missing so was ruled a homicide.
You've got that involved got a blunt of -- -- the back -- her head.
And you have a lot of and if you have a lot of testimony you have the third -- the victim here testifying allegedly from the great it was -- a hearsay exception made to -- -- she testified about how he was going to make her killing her murder look like an -- -- it had all those witnesses -- Thirty of up.
Then you have wife number four Stacy was gone missing.
Testified that she knew that Drew Peterson left that neither time about that time he left that night and she talked her picked her pastor priest.
About if she were to get a divorce from this guy could she use the fact that he admitted he had confessed to her that he killed -- that he killed Kathleen but a lot of evidence.
Rachel this jury doesn't know presumably.
The fourth -- -- fourth wife Stacy Peterson has disappeared I mean -- they heard some testimony from right and they don't know that she's gone missing.
Well they and they all know she's gone -- they're just not supposed to consider it from -- do you take those rules very seriously and they take their jobs as jurors very seriously and when the judge says you're not supposed to consider something.
They generally won't consider it but we're all human and everybody knows that his fourth wife went missing.
But I think that a lot of think the issue here too is that you have these things at least was saying that word testified to you and you've got.
A failure to to be able to cross examine these alleged these alleged but that -- Cuba failure of the -- I haven't because they're not there or other music now like all point and I have a baby Giles.
Police California B Giles makes very clear that the intent of the party at the time the witness went missing is what's.
See it's not necessarily -- the witness went missing because you re just intense for them to not hear it doesn't matter because of you know you're saying it would never been admitted but for the fact that you cannot create hearsay and have evidence not commit because you kill the victim that -- -- Aren't you do.
Anybody arguing that the case in the courtroom yeah.
Happening now a lot of passion on both sides again closing arguments today we're gonna find out soon.
What happens to Drew Peterson Rachel's self -- least we'll thank you both.
Thank you so much good to see you --