Jurors in the Drew Peterson trial met with the media.
2:05 p.m. Jury did not know about near mistrials
Teresa Mathews said it was clear to the jury that calling divorce attorney Harry Smith to testify was a mistake by the defense.
"He asked for him to be an adverse witness, or a hostile witness," so they realized right away that might not have been a good idea to put him on, Mathews said.
She said they did not get any sense of the close calls the state had in terms of mistrials.
Alternate juror Patricia Timke said she would have found Drew Peterson guilty as well, though she was not part of the deliberations.
The news conference has concluded and the jurors have left.
2 p.m. Jurors questioned initial investigation
Jurors had questions about the initial State Police investigation.
"Well, the State Police should never have allowed Drew to be present when Stacy was interviewed," Teresa Mathews said. "That was a big no-no, which was why it wasn't in any of the police reports."
Eduardo Saldana said they feld that investigator Robert Deel "was there maybe 15, 20 minutes at the scene, took some pictures and left. We felt that was really wrong."
Alternate juror Patricia Timke was not able to participate in the deliberations but was part of the jury throughout the trial. She was asked if she was relieved not to be part of deliberations.
"That is a heavy heavy, heavy decision to make," she said. "I mean, you’re dealing with a man and his life."
1:53 p.m. Peterson's son 'seemed like a smart guy'
Eduardo Saldana said he volunteereed to be foreman.
Saldana said Drew Peterson’s son Tom, who testified at the trial, "seemed like a smart guy" but his testimony wasn’t really effective.
Defense attorney Joseph Lopez showed the jury a picture of the Cheshire Cat from "Alice in Wonderland" during his closing argument.
"That was very demeaning to us jurors; that really was not necessary," Teresa Mathews said.
"They could have left that out," Saldana said.
The jurors also said the fact that none of the bottles of shampoo around Savio’s tub were disturbed and the position of her body in the tub indicated she didn’t die of a fall.
1:50 p.m. Boredom led to matching clothes
Jurors started wearing matching colored clothes about midway through the trial, wearing blue one day, yellow another day, and even donning sports team shirts and jerseys one day which drew comments from the judge and attorneys.
"We probably spent more time in the jury room than in the courtroom, so we'd say 'hey what do you guys want to wear tomorrow.’" Mathews said.
Mathews was the ringleader of the clothes idea, but she said they got permission from the judge before they wore the sports jerseys.
Asked what gave them the idea to match clothes?
"We were bored," Saldana said.
1:45 p.m. Deliberations were not heated
Jurors said they found Dr. Mary Case credible.
"One of the things we heard was part of the hair would wipe away the blood (of the tub). The way we saw it, there would have been streaks," Eduardo Saldana said.
The deliberations were not heated.
"We had discussions, but it never got heated," Saldana said
They did not feel any added pressure because of the high-profile nature of the case, he said.
"No, this was our decision."
1:43 p.m. Cleaning the tub was 'unusual'
Jurors said they thought it was odd that Drew Peterson cleaned the bathtub the day after Kathleen Savio’s body was discovered.
"That is unusual; they did say murderers sometimes clean up afterward," Teresa Mathews said. "It did seem unusual that he did it."
The bruises on Savio’s body were also telling, Mathews said.
"There was too many bruises on too many parts of the body" for it to be an accidental fall, she said.
"Her position in the tub, that's what dictated to us that it wasn't a fall," juror Jeremy Massey said.
1:40 p.m. 'We believed Stacy'
Jurors said they believed the testimony from witnesses who spoke to Stacy Peterson.
"We believed Stacy," Eduardo Saldana said.
They also believed Jeffrey Pachter, who said Drew Peterson offered him $25,000 to find a hit man to take care of Kathleen Savio.
"He had nothing to gain by coming to court and being dirtied by all that. We believed he was a credible witness" Teresa Mathews said.
1:35 p.m. Jury knew Stacy Peterson was missing
"We were aware (that Stacy Peterson was missing) but it was not something we could use," foreman Eduardo Saldana said.
Teresa Mathews said they had several theories on how Drew Peterson killed Kathleen Savio.
"Possibly she was grabbed from behind and he stuck her head under the sink, and that's how she got the gash on her head. Possibly he put her head in the toilet, and that's how she broke her clavicles."
1:30 p.m. Seven voted guilty immediately
Jurors took a vote right away and it was seven guilty, four not guilty and one unsure.
By the second day, the vote was 11-1 in favor of guilty.
Eduardo Saldana, the foreman, said he was siding with the defense on the first day, and that’s when the jury asked for the testimony of the Rev. Neil Schori and divorce attorney Harry Smith.
1:25 p.m. Hearsay was critical
Jury foreman Eduardo Saldana, 22:
"When the deliberations began, we first talked about what the doctors had to say and we pretty much all agreed that it was a homicde.
"After that it was just getting certain things right."
The hearsay testimony from witnesses who spoke to Stacy Peterson was critical, he said.
"That was the biggest part about this," Saldana said.
"(The Rev.) Neil Schori kind of opend things up, but it was the lawyer’s testimony that got us the most. Harry Smith"
He said they possibly would have acquitted Drew Peterson without the hearsay testimony.
1:20 p.m. Four jurors meet with media
Four jurors are at the press conference, including the foreman. A fifth juror declined at the last minute, Will County sheriff’s spokesman Ken Kaupas said.
Sheriff Paul Kaupas read brief statement from the state’s attorney’s office, thanking the jurors for their service.
Jurors in the Drew Peterson murder trial were scheduled to hold a news conference after 1 p.m. to discuss their guilty verdict in the case, officials said.
Will County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said it was unclear whether all 12 jurors would attend but said it was slated to be held at the Will County administration building at 302 N. Chicago St. in Joliet.
As of 1 p.m., jurors had not yet arrived, but Will County officials have set up a podium in front of six chairs in the foyer outside the Will County Board Room.
Will County Sheriff Paul J. Kaupas said several jurors were running late, and the scheduled start time of 1 p.m. might be delayed.
Peterson was found guilty of drowning his third wife, Kathleen Savio, Thursday. On the second day of deliberations, the jury was won over by a case that was largely circumstantial and, one juror said, hinged on the hearsay testimony that originated from Peterson's missing fourth wife, Stacy.
The jury of seven men and five women deliberated about 14 hours before delivering the verdict.
Patricia Timke, an alternate juror at the trial, told Associated Press Friday that presiding judge Edward Burmila gave jurors permission for their unusual practice of coordinating clothes during testimony.
The day that got the most attention was when the 12 jurors and four alternates all wore Chicago Bears, White Sox and other sports jerseys.
Timke says jurors specifically asked Burmila beforehand if it was OK to do that because they didn't want to show disrespect. She says Burmila told them he was fine with the plan.
Timke says coordinating clothing colors helped jurors pass the time.
Will County's top prosecutor, James Glasgow, called Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer, a "coward and a bully" and vowed to "aggressively review" Stacy's case with an eye toward possibly bringing charges. The fifth anniversary of her disappearance is next month.
Peterson, 58, who showed little reaction as the verdict was read but stared intently at jurors as they were polled afterward, said "Good job" to his attorneys before he was shackled and led away by sheriff's deputies.
He will remain at the Will County Jail until after his sentencing, which is scheduled for Nov. 26. Peterson will then be transferred to Stateville prison outside Joliet, said Sheriff Paul Kaupas.
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