Monday, April 22, 2013
A Lakemoor man charged with murdering his sister in Naperville was returned to a facility for another month.
A Lakemoor man found unfit to stand trial for his sister's murder appeared in court Monday morning but was sent back to a facility for another month. Mark Lewis, 53, allegedly beat his sister to death in her Naperville home in June 2011. A pair of psychologists found Lewis unfit to stand trial, although one proposed that, with treatment, he could be "made fit" within a year, defense attorney Todd Lenzie said during a March 22 hearing. During that hearing, Will County Judge Daniel Rozak ordered that Lewis be taken from the Will County jail and sent to a facility. He also ordered that Lewis be returned to court a month later to see if he had been made fit yet. Lewis had not. Judge Rozak sent him back to the facility and scheduled another …
Friday, March 22, 2013
A Lakemoor man charged with murdering his sister in her Naperville home was found unfit to stand trial.
A Lakemoor man jailed the last year and a half on charges he beat his sister to death in her Naperville home was found unfit to stand trial for her murder. Mark Lewis, 53, asked Will County Judge Daniel Rozak for permission to "say something" after the judge found him psychologically unfit during a Friday morning hearing. Rozak refused him. Lewis' 59-year-old sister, Cathleen Lewis, was found slain in her Worthington Drive residence in June 2011. Mark Lewis was charged with murder, home invasion and residential burglary in connection with her death. He was taken into custody in Pensacola, Fla., and fought extradition before he was transported to the Will County jail to await trial. Mark Lewis also faces identity theft charges for allegedly…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
If you've got wit, add your caption to Patch's weekly comic challenge and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to Suzanne Matthies, who provided the winning punchline to last week's Poker Dog cartoon: You may have a great poker-face, but your tail says it all.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Drew Peterson was sentenced Thursday in the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, after a judge denied a motion for a new murder trial.
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Thursday, February 21
By Melissa Sersland Drew Peterson has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Keep up with what's happening inside the courtroom in our Drew Peterson sentencing Storify. Judge Edward Burmila made the decision Thursday after denying a motion for a new murder trial. The hearing to determine if a new trial would take place began Tuesday. The lawyers for convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson argued for two days that he was deprived of a fair trial by an attorney more worried about becoming a media darling than representing his client. Peterson, who is 59, would be in jail until he is 93 under the sentence. Peterson will be required to serve his full sentence. READ PATCH'S COVERAGE OF PETERSON'S …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
A two-day hearing was set to determine whether wife-killer Drew Peterson will get another murder trial.
Drew Peterson's murder trial lasted 24 days. Now the wife-killer's looking forward to a two-day hearing to see if he gets to do the whole thing over again. Judge Edward Burmila scheduled the hearing for Feb. 19 and 20. If the judge decides after those two days not give Peterson a new hearing after all, Burmila said he will head straight to sentencing. Peterson, 59, faces up to 60 years in prison for the March 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Prosecutors have subpoenaed Peterson's second wife, Victoria Connolly, and one of his five sons, Eric Peterson, to testify against him at the sentencing hearing. Connolly has said Peterson threatened to kill her and make her death look like an accident. She also told of Drew Peterson …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
County Board Member Kathleen Konicki sent an email to the chief judge complaining about the state's attorney's conduct during the Drew Peterson trial.
Lame duck Will County Board member Kathleen Konicki took a shot at top prosecutor James Glasgow for supposedly praising a Cincinnati tycoon jailed for muttering an obscenity at wife-killer Drew Peterson. Konicki accused Glasgow of lauding Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby in a courthouse hallway a week after Ruby was arrested and briefly jailed on a contempt of court charge. "Mr. Ruby is feted as a folk hero," Konicki, a Homer Glen Republican, wrote in an email to Chief Judge Gerald Kinney. "To understand his status, it may be helpful to take into consideration the hallway conversations of officers of the court." Konicki referenced one hallway conversation in particular. She claimed it occurred Aug. 30 and she quoted Glasgow as saying, "I …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The judge is letting the jury go home until tomorrow morning.
Updated at 6:17 p.m. Judge Burmila has released the jury and has told them to resume deliberating ay 9 a.m. Thursday. Updated at 6:07 p.m. Judge Burmila has sent a note back to the jury letting them know he will let them go home tonight if they wish to. Updated at 6:05 p.m. The jury responded to Burmila's note by asking if they get to go home if they break for the night, or if they will be sequestered. Updated at 6 p.m. Judge Edward Burmila was about to send the jury a note asking if the wanted to order dinner or go home for the night, when they beat him to the punch. Before the judge could send his query, the jury sent a note of their own asking for someone to go get them dinner. Burmlia then wrote up a note asking if they were sure they …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Drew Peterson's lawyers called their first witnesses in the ex-cop's murder trial.
The judge in the Drew Peterson murder trial rejected a bid by defense attorneys to have the accused wife-killer acquitted without even putting on a case. Peterson lawyer Steve Greenberg argued at length Monday that prosecutors utterly failed to prove Peterson was even in the home of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, when she died, much less that he killed her. "They didn't do it because they can't do it," Greenberg said. "It's like they were trying to nail a clump of Jell-o to a tree and make it stick there," he said. After Judge Edward Burmila denied the ruling, the defense called six witnesses, none of whom was Peterson's son Thomas Peterson. Sun-Times columnist and Drew Peterson "friend" Michele "Michael" Sneed claimed earlier in the day …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Judge Edward Burmilla ruled that several allegations, including one in which Peterson allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill his third wife, cannot be brought up in the trial.
Check out our Storify feature to see what people are saying about the Drew Peterson trial around the web. Prosecutors lost out on some key evidence they want to use in their bid to convict disgraced Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Judge Edward Burmila ruled Tuesday—the trial's first day—that Peterson's attorneys won't have to defend him against allegations he offered a co-worker $25,000 to find a hit man to kill Savio, that he broke into the house Savio was living in by cutting a hole in a wall, or that he threw her to the ground and held her face down in the grass until the police arrived during a dispute in 2002. Prosecutors failed to notify Peterson's defense team that they planned …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Seven men and five women have been chosen as jurors for the trial set to start Tuesday.
The final five jurors and four alternate jurors were picked for Drew Peterson's much anticipated murder trial, and opening statements are expected to be heard Tuesday. Attorney Joel Brodsky said he will be the one handling opening statements for the defense and revealed his plan to tell "the story of Drew Peterson, from beginning to end." And when Brodsky is done with that story, said defense attorney Steve Greenberg, the jury will be convinced that Peterson did not murder his third wife, Kathleen Savio, by hitting her in the head and drowning her in a bathtub. "There's going to be no question she slipped in the tub and Drew was home when it happened," said Greenberg, who also scoffed at the idea that fresh bruises were discovered on Savio…