Thursday, November 1, 2012
Also, a look at the funeral services for Drew Peterson's mother and a new business that opened in Darien.
Hinsdale South graduate Joshua Holmes, 18, was gunned down in September at the Lake Hinsdale Terrace apartments. Juan Cuellar, who was charged with the murder, went to court in October and denied a five-count murder indictment. He remains held without bond in DuPage County Jail. Man Charged With Murder of Hinsdale South Grad Pleads Not Guilty A Hinsdale South parent filed the district's first curriculum objection in eight years, saying some movies shown in class contained sexual content and obscenities of which he did not approve. The films in question were the Academy Award-winning Brokeback Mountain and American Beauty to be shown as part of a Hinsdale South literature class. Read more about the decision to continue showing the movies…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Drew Peterson got 15 minutes with his mother's body.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Drew Peterson got 15 minutes with his mother's body.
Will County Sheriff's deputies escorted a shackled Drew Peterson to a Darien funeral home to see his mother's body for a last time, a source said. Peterson had a brief visit with his deceased mother Thursday afternoon before he was returned to the Will County jail, where he has been locked up for the last three and a half years, the source said. Peterson was at Modell Funeral Home in Darien for about 15 minutes, the source said. Another source said Peterson was in tears while at the funeral home and under guard by several sheriff's deputies. Peterson saw his mother before the public viewing. Peterson's mother, Betty Morphey, died Monday at 84. After Peterson's father, Donald Peterson, died, Morphey married Albert Morphey, who has also …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The mother of the former Bolingbrook police officer, convicted of killing his third wife, passed away this week.
Drew Peterson's mother died a month and two days after her son was convicted of murder. Betty Morphey, 84, never attended a single day of her son's five-week murder trial. She also never visited Peterson in the three and a half years he has been locked up in the Will County jail. Morphey suffered from severe dementia, according to a source close to the family. Morphey was married to Peterson's father, Donald Peterson, for 38 years. When her husband died she married Albert Morphey, Donald Peterson's boss at Northern Illinois Gas Company. One of Albert Morphey's sons, Thomas Morphey, has said he helped Peterson carry a blue barrel containing the dead body of Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, out of his house. Thomas Morphey also said …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
A witness called by his own attorneys ended up swaying the jury into deciding Drew Peterson was guilty of murder, jurors said the day after the trial.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Closing arguments in the Drew Peterson murder trial took up all of Tuesday, so the judge is going to send the jury out to decide the former Bolingbrook police officer's guilt or innocence Wednesday morning.
Sometime after Wednesday morning, the world will find out if the 12 men and women in the jury box of the Drew Peterson murder trial, think he did it or not. That's because Wednesday morning is when Judge Edward Burmila said he will send jurors out to deliberate over the former Bolingbrook police officer's guilt or innocence. "Everybody in America wants Drew Peterson convicted," said Joseph "Shark" Lopez, one of the ex-cop's lawyers, outside court after closing arguments in the most sensational murder case in Will County's history. "Everybody is dying for Drew to lose this case because misery loves company." The jury was set to begin deliberations Tuesday, but closing arguments lasted longer than Burmila expected. The judge—who did not …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The sheriff's department gave Patch the list of Drew Peterson's visitors. Who's been dropping by the jail to see the accused wife killer? Not his mom.
Patch obtained the list of approved visitors for Drew Peterson at the Will County jail, as well as an account of each person to see him since his May 2009 arrest on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Patch asked for the lists in June, but the sheriff's department refused to give them up. Sheriff's officials said doing so not only would constitute an invasion of privacy for those who wanted to visit Peterson but would pose a security risk for the jail. That's right—a security risk! Because once people figured out who's allowed to visit Peterson, they could "impersonate one of those on the list, thereby bypassing or circumventing the security of the (Will County Adult Detention Facility) through such means." Could it be that…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tragedies fill headlines as Americans set new records.
Roe Conn hit the nail on the head when he said Monday the events of this week are the very best and worst that America has to offer. He was referring specifically to the flawless Mars landing within the same 24 hours as the horrific Sikh temple shooting outside Milwaukee. When we expand that lens a little wider, we also see the incredible accomplishments happening now in London. At age 16, Gabby Douglas became the first African-American gymnast to earn all-around gold. Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian of all time. Kayla Harrison overcame horrific sexual abuses by her childhood coach to be the first American to earn gold in judo. Then, as we hold our breath, we remember the June 20 tragedy in the Aurora, CO, movie theatre. …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Drew Peterson's defense moved for a mistrial Wednesday morning after Kathleen Savio's neighbor testified Peterson tried to intimidate him by putting a bullet in his driveway.
Updated: 5:30 p.m. State's Atty. James Glasgow told the Tribune Thursday he did not believe there would be a mistrial. "It's a complicated case," he told the Tribune. "We're confident the trial will resume tomorrow." Updated: 2:18 p.m. Defense attorney Joel Brodsky asked for and was granted a temporary adjournment until Thursday morning. The defense wants to explore its options. They can have all or some of Thomas Pontarelli's testimony or continue to pursue a mistrial. Updated: 1:31 p.m. Burmila has suggested striking all of Thomas Pontarelli's testimony instead of a mistrial. The defense team is in a conference room talking this option over. Updated 11:54 a.m. Judge Edward Burmila slammed prosecutors saying he will decide at 1:15 p.…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Mary Pontarelli gasped when shown a photo of her former neighbor's body.
Updated 5 p.m. Kathleen Savio's neighbor and friend Mary Pontarelli was on the witness stand all afternoon. Pontarelli insists Savio's death scene was altered after her body was discovered. Specifically she said a towel was placed on the edge of the tub. She said there were no towels when she first saw the body. Prosecutors wanted Pontarelli to recount the time Peterson threw Savio to the ground and had her arrested for allegedly attacking Drew Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Judge Edward Burmila blocked her testimony. Updated 3:15 p.m. Kathleen Savio's close friend and next-door neighbor Mary Pontarelli has been testifying all afternoon. She gasped and let out a loud sob when shown a gruesome photo of Savio's naked body in a …