Bombshell testimony came Thursday in the Drew Peterson hearsay evidence hearing. For the first time, a witness testified about an alleged death threat Drew Peterson made to his missing fourth wife Stacy. Previous witnesses have said Peterson threatened to kill his third wife Kathleen Savio, and he has now been charged with Savio's murder.
Thursday, the key testimony came from Stacy Peterson's psychic. Irene Lagalos testified that she read cards for Stacy in 2006 and 2007. She said Stacy told her she wanted to leave Drew but couldn't because of her four children and because he was a cop and he would find her.
"She told me that Drew told her he was a cop, he could kill her, hide her body and nobody would ever find her," Lagalos told the judge. She said she never reported it to police because she did not want to get involved, and because she was a long time friend of Drew Peterson's mother, Betty Morphey.
Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky ridiculed Lagalos' testimony.
"I think actually bringing a psychic who admits to hearing voices to testify in a murder case shows the desperation of the state. They don't have much and they're grasping at straws," Brodsky said.
Earlier, an Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Bryan Falat, who was one of the original investigators in the Savio death case in 2004, testified he was disgusted with the way the case was handled. He said he quickly suspected it was a homicide.
Earlier in the hearing, the Lead Investigator Patrick Collins testified that he believed from the beginning Savio's death was an accident.
Falat testified that he thought it was ridiculous that Collins allowed Drew Peterson to sit next to Stacy when she was interviewed in their basement. Falat said their two stories seemed eerily similar, and that Drew prompted Stacy when she couldn't answer a question.
"It was obvious Stacy was hiding something. She was not telling the truth. The two stories seemed like they were scripted," Falat said.
He said he advised Collins that Drew and Stacy should be re-interviewed, but that never happened.
Prosecutors also called as a witness the crime scene technician from the original Savio case. Sgt. Bob Deel testified that he never collected any evidence from the scene because he did not believe there was anything that had any evidentiary value. He also admitted that he did not notice a host of bruises and injuries to Savio's body and did little more than take photographs of the scene.
Prosecutors are trying to portray the original investigation as flawed because they have charged Drew Peterson with murdering Savio and then staging the crime scene to look like an accident. She was found face down in a fetal position in a dry bathtub during their bitter divorce. The defense attorneys contend she died from a tragic slip and fall in the tub.
During cross examination, defense attorney Andrew Abood tried to rehabilitate Deel as a competent crime scene investigator. He asked Deel if anyone had put a demerit in his file for how he handled the case. Deel said there was no letter, but then hurt his own credibility by saying the Will County State's Attorney's office has said they don't want him investigating any more crimes in Will County.
Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky says that's just because prosecutors don't like the conclusions that Deel reached.
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