An Illinois jury has convicted Drew Peterson of first-degree murder in the death of his 3rd wife, Kathleen Savio. Savio was found dead in a bathtub in 2004, and her death was initially ruled an accidental drowning. Authorities reexamined her body after Peterson's 4th wife, Stacy Peterson, mysteriously vanished in 2007, reclassifying Savio's death as a homicide.
FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper has more from Chicago:
The prosecution relied heavily on hearsay in this case - those are statements that victims allegedly made to the family, friends and others. It usually isn't admissible in court, but Illinois passed a law in 2008 - dubbed "Drew's Law - that allows it in rare circumstances.
We don't know what convinced jurors to agree on a guilty verdict, but one of the more powerful hearsay statements to come out of the trial was from Stacy Peterson's pastor, Neil Schori. He said that during a meeting with Stacy, she was crying; said that Drew had disappeared one night, later showing up next to the washing machine with a bag of women's clothes that weren't hers. Schori says that Stacy told him that Drew told her the police would be coming to ask questions and he coached her, then made the comment, "I live with someone who has killed someone."