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Prosecution May Wrap Up Case Friday Morning

It's the fourth week of testimony in the Drew Peterson murder trial. Peterson is charged with murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Updated 3:20 p.m. 

Assistant State's Attorney John Connor said prosecutors might wrap up their case against Drew Peterson Friday morning.

"We should be in a position where we can rest tomorrow morning," Connor said.

Updated 12:19 p.m. 

Schori said Stacy told him all of this at an Aug. 31, 2007, counseling session on the patio of a Bolingbrook Starbucks.

During their talk, Schori said Stacy was silently sobbing with "tears running down her face."

"You engage in marriage counseling in public places so people can cry in front of everyone?" asked defense attorney Joseph "Shark" Lopez. "Was she crying in her latte at the same time?"

While being questioned by Lopez, Schori said Stacy claimed that Peterson told her he killed American soldiers while he was serving in the U.S. Army.
Schori kept Stacy's supposed tale to himself until after she mysteriously vanished in October 2007.

He happened to have been serving on the grand jury investigating Stacy's disappearance and Savio's death.

While the grand jury was in session, he came forward to Illinois State Police Sgt. Patrtick Collims and told what he knew.

Updated 11:26 a.m. 

Neil Schori told of Stacy Peterson recalling the night Kathleen Savio was killed. Schori said Stacy told him:

She and Drew Peterson went to bed together. She woke up in the middle of the night and Peterson was no longer in bed. She looked all over the house for him and called his cell phone but Peterson did not answer. She later found him dressed all in black and holding a bag by their washing machine Peterson dumped the contents of the bag in the washer. When Stacy looked in the washing machine she saw that Peterson had put women's clothing in it. The clothes were not hers.

Peterson told her the police "would be wanting to interview her and he told her what to say to the police," Schori said. He said "it took hours" for Peterson to coach Stacy about their alibi.
"She stated that she lied on Drew's behalf," he said.

Updated 10:49 a.m. 

Neil Schori is about to take the stand and tell how Stacy Peterson knew that Drew Peterson killed Kathleen Savio.

Not all of Schori's statements will get in. But in a closed hearing, Schori previously said Stacy recalled Peterson telling her the police were going to question her that he was going to tell her what to say to them, that he hit Savio on the head to make it look like she accidentally fell down, that he coached Stacy for hours and that if she did as he instructed they would be able to pull off "the perfect crime."

Updated 10:17 a.m. 

The trial has been on a lengthy break while attorneys search for transcripts to reference what Schori, Stacy Peterson's pastor, can testify to. It is unclear whether Schori will be able to testify at all.

Updated 10:07 a.m. 

Restaurateur Jeff Ruby was hauled out of the courthouse by a sheriff's deputy for staring down and allegedly cursing him out.

"He's getting away with murder and I have to leave," Ruby said as he was escorted out.

Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said Ruby will not return.

"I have a witness who said he made a derogatory remark," Kaupas said. "It started with 'F' and it wasn't 'fire truck,'" Kaupas said.

Ruby, who has been a vocal critic of Peterson and his lawyers, said, "He stared me down. He's staring at me so I just stared back at him."

As he was being walked out, Ruby added, "I'm going to leave (or) they're going to throw me in jail."

Cincinnatti restauranteur Jeff Ruby came to the Joliet courthouse last week and slammed Judge Edward Burmila for the way he has handled the Drew Peterson murder trial.

"Has a judge ever been charged with obstruction of justice?" Asked Ruby, who two weeks ago bought large advertisements in Chicago area newspapers ripping the way Peterson's attorneys have conducted themselves.

"You don't need a mistrial--this is a miscarriage of justice," said Ruby, who traveled to Joliet in a ridiculously large black-and-gold bus "to support the families" of Kathleen Savio and Stacy Peterson.

Original story 

First up is Stacy Peterson's pastor, Neil Schori. Schori has said Stacy told him Drew Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He also said Stacy told him Peterson was behaving suspiciously the weekend Savio died.

tom August 24, 2012 at 02:29 PM
You say that a real Pastor, I mean Catholic Pastor, would have told her to report the crime so how do you explain all of the real Catholic Pastors that have abused young boys while the other real Catholic Pastors stood by instead of going to the Police to report the crimes?
tom August 24, 2012 at 02:34 PM
You really should get the facts before spouting off. Ruby didn't disrupt the courtroom. The incident happened out in the hall during one of the many breaks they had. By the way, he was out within the hour on his own recognizance.
John Tips August 24, 2012 at 03:10 PM
How did this entire conversation move from Mr. Peterson's trial to a religious war of words? This rhetoric proves that religion itself is at the root of many of our worldly problems! That being said - my guess is that when we all pass on to meet our maker! It is at that moment when we shall find who the true Messiah really is and what religion we should have or did follow! Until that time it is my belief that I shall hold my own personal religious opinions to myself, and enjoy the wait!
Betty August 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Just sayin!! No one has wrote any concern about the smaller children???? I wonder what they are thinking when their mom & dad never show up:( My prayers go out to them. What is the deal with certain people wearing sunglasses all time ,is the sun shineing into court room,maybe hiding behind them,look more profesi nal if offf:(? What a mess is all i can say:(
Marilyn lottich August 26, 2012 at 07:04 AM
There had to be at least 1 or more partners in crime helping to cover for this serial killer's murder of Savio, & these people need to be identified & hung up on a 50 ft tall clothesline by their testicles, then prosecuted for accessory to murder. We should be grateful to the minister that testified what Stacy told him. But If I was in his shoes, I would have told her that she should get fitted with a GPS microchip under her skin just in case. (After 1 bathtub incident, that couldn't happen twice.) And I would have told her the facts ----if they'll do it to "them", they'll do it to YOU next. So sad that even though just a kid, why didn't sh sho any conscience about screwing a married man in hi home with a wife upstairs, & even rehearsing a lie for police? Didn't she have any empathy for Kathleen? It is sad to see a mother who couldn't her her own instincts talking to her....some hard lessons To be learned here. By the grace of God I am. Still here.

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