Drew Peterson trial updates: Savio 'horribly sleep-deprived' - Chicago Tribune
Continual coverage of the trial of Drew Peterson for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. 10:05 a.m. Five potential witnesses today
Prosecutors said they have as many as five potential witnesses today. Through the first three days of testimony this week, only three witnesses have testified. The pace of the trial has appeared to frustrate some jurors, who have rolled their eyes or groaned when told to leave the courtroom again and again while attorneys argue motions.
Dr. Gene Neri is already on the witness stand this morning. Other possible witnesses today include: Stacy Petersons friend Scott Rossetto; Jennifer Schoon, the ex-girlfriend of Drew Petersons son, Stephen; and Illinois State Police Investigator Bryan Falat.
Rossetto, who traded raunchy text messages with Stacy shortly before she disappeared in 2007, testified at a pretrial hearing that Drew Peterson coaxed her into providing a false alibi for the weekend of Savio's death.
Schoon was living in Drew Petersons home at the time of Savios death, Schoons attorney said in 2008.
Falat testified at a hearing in 2010 that Drew and Stacy Peterson appeared to be lying in interviews with state police after Savio's death. But Falat said his concerns were ignored.
"Quite honestly, I was sort of disgusted with" how the investigation was handled, Falat said in 2010.
Stacy Peterson appeared "scripted" and often looked to Drew Peterson when she was unsure of an answer, Falat testified previously. 9:40 a.m. Savio was less likely to fall
Dr. Gene Neri said people who suffer from the same malady as Kathleen Savio are less likely to fall.
"Actually, although she felt unsteady, the chances of falling are less than the average person because someone who feels unsteady is going to be very careful," Neri said. "If there's one thing as adults we all hate, it's the thought of falling"
Neri said he prescribed Savio an anti anxiety medication and an anti depression medication to allow Savio to sleep soundly in order to raise the seritonin levels in her body. 9:35 a.m. Savio 'horribly sleep-deprived'
The first witness today was Dr. Gene Neri, a neurologist who treated Kathleen Savio from 1999 to 2002 for pain in her neck and shoulders, dizziness and numbness in her extremities.
Neri said he later treated Savio for cervical vertigo, a condition caused by stress.
"The root of the problem in her case, basically, was not sleeping," Neri said. "She was horribly sleep deprived."
Her serotonin levels dropped and her adrenaline levels rose, causing her to suffer pain and nervousness, Neri said. 6:45 a.m. Peterson trial enters 12th day