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Both sides said they're pleased with how the selection of the diverse pool of jurors proceeded. Natalie Martinez reports.
Jury selection appears to be one thing going quickly in Drew Peterson's murder trial.
A jury of 12 was selected before noon Tuesday, the second day of selection. Eight jurors were picked during 12 hours of vetting on Monday. At least one of them lives in Bolingbrook and one of them is a recent graduate of Bolingbrook High School.
Alternates must now be chosen.
The vetting of potential jurors began after the former Bolingbrook police sergeant waited more than three years in jail following his arrest in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Savio's body was found in a dry bathtub in 2004 in the midst of an ugly divorce.
"Good morning ladies and gentlemen," Peterson said Monday as an introduction to the jury pool. "I'm Mr. Peterson."
The jury pool has remained in a holding pattern since they were chosen two years ago and told by a judge to avoid watching or reading anything about the Peterson case. One potential juror Monday admitted to watching the Lifetime movie, "Drew Peterson: Untouchable."
"We're going to be very careful and deliberate to find a jury that's going to be as fair and impartial as possible," said Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky, "and who's going to judge this case on the evidence, or better, the lack of any evidence."
The trial has been delayed because of appeals over whether hearsay evidence can be allowed. Will County Judge Edward Burmila ruled Monday Peterson's attorney can object to each bit of hearsay as the trial goes on.
How much of that type of evidence ends up being allowed could make or break the prosecution's case.
Peterson's attorneys said he is nervous but confident jurors will find him not guilty.
The case received nationwide attention after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, mysteriously vanished in 2007 and has not been found. Peterson is not charged in Stacy's disappearance, and though some believe he had a role in her disappearance, his attorneys have said she left for another man.