Drew Peterson Trial Video 1

 [Beginning of Drew Peterson Trial Sketch audio] [GRAPHIC: Live, Cop’s Wife Found Dead, Live From Peterson Trial, Capturing the Drew Peterson Trial, Former police sergeant is accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004, In Session] Vinnie Politan: There is no microphones inside the courtroom. We’ve got Beth Karras, we’ve heard from her. We also have Christine Cornell, our sketch artist who has been capturing images of all the drama inside the courtroom and joins me now live from Joliet. [GRAPHIC: Sketch artist Christine Cornell shows us what’s happening in the courtroom] Christine, good afternoon. Thanks so much. Great to see you. Another day, another doctor. Can you explain to us this doctor’s appearance on the stand, what you captured in your sketch, and how he came across? Christine Cornell: Well, he’s obviously a very experienced medical examiner. He’s been doing it for 20-something years. He says he does an autopsy a day and he testifies once a week for all of that period of time. So that’s tons, tons of experience. He didn’t agree with Dr. Case that it was – that she couldn’t have passed out from that blow to her head. He said just about any blow to the head can make you lose consciousness. You don’t have to have a big gash like that to show for it. So I thought that was interesting, and so does – [GRAPHIC: Illinois v. Peterson, The defense’s first witness of the day was forensic pathologist Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen] Vinnie Politan: Oh, the wind is kicking up again! Christine Cornell: Yeah. Vinnie Politan: Christine, let me ask you this about the doctor. We’re looking at him right now, and I can’t tell necessarily the perspective, but as he answers questions is he answering the attorneys or is he turning and explaining things to the jury? Christine Cornell: He’s pretty much answering the attorney and basically he’s just – he’s just toeing the defense line, which is that definitely looks like an accident to him. [GRAPHIC: Cop’s Wife Found Dead, Jentzen: I didn’t see any injury to Savio’s face; I would expect facial injuries if there was a struggle.] And that he doesn’t see anything indicative of anything different in that. He didn’t think that the marks on her body were inconsistent with her falling on her rear and hitting her head inside the tub. He thought that the angles on the tub were plenty sharp enough to have caused that injury to the head, and I think they even went as far as to say they thought that maybe her head bounced, and then she slid deeper into the tub and that’s why there wasn’t any blood anywhere else in the room. [GRAPHIC: Jentzen: Most of Savio’s injuries were to her left side; they were classic injuries of someone who fell] But he thinks it’s consistent, even her crumpled position inside the tub would have been a natural thing. He thought her hands would have flown up rather than flown back to catch herself, and they even provided a chart to show that. It really all came down to it was all his opinion. He wasn’t saying this I know happened, but it’s his opinion that this is what happened. So… [GRAPHIC: Jentzen: There’s nothing unusual to explain Savio’s position in the tub; it does not suggest a homicide] Vinnie Politan: Christine, let me ask you this. Christine Cornell: …got what they needed for their side. Vinnie Politan: I notice in your sketch he’s doing – you’ve got the doctor, Dr. Jentzen, the pathologist for the defense, doing something with his hands. What exactly is he doing at that moment there? Christine Cornell: They actually asked him to show what kind of injuries they thought she might have gotten had there been a struggle, and basically what he was showing was that if someone had attacked her, she would have put up her arms defensively and there would have been wounds to this part of the body. So that’s what he was trying to demonstrate right then. Mr. Meczyk is a real fabulous cross-examiner because he keeps the dynamic in the courtroom really moving. He himself goes from all the way to the back of the courtroom and all the way to the front, and he has the witness come off the stand several times to – and they move the charts very close to the jury, so he’s turning it into a kind of more engaging drama, less of the kind of dry presentation that we’re generally treated to. Vinnie Politan: Christine, now I understand, and Beth talked about this a little bit, there was demonstrative aids, pictures of a slip and fall that were shown to this jury. [GRAPHIC: Jentzen: It’s natural for the body to curl up in a small space; there wasn’t room for Savio’s body to sprawl] And I understand that you have some sketches, some quick sketches you did of what was shown to this jury, and we’re taking a look at ‘em right now. Wow! That’s what they showed the jury? Christine Cornell: That was just a chart that they showed where this mannequin-like woman takes a step and then she’s – her feet are up and her butt is down and her arms are up, not back to catch herself. So this is what he thinks is a natural slip and fall dynamic. [GRAPHIC: Sketch artist Christine Cornell shows us what’s been happening in the courtroom] Vinnie Politan: Okay, looks like she’s about six feet off the ground. It looks like a cartoon when they slip and fall and they’re six feet off the ground, Christine. Christine Cornell: My fault. Vinnie Politan: Okay, that’s your sketch, just to make sure. I just want to make sure. Christine Cornell: I thought about raising the ground. Vinnie Politan: Yeah, I think we ought to raise the ground a little bit. So, and this is the part that I’m trying to piece together today, which is, okay, so they show this chart to the jury. He says feet are up in the air and she’s flying in the air to a certain extent because both feet have left the ground. [GRAPHIC: Savio was found dead in the bathtub; Her death was first ruled an accident] Christine Cornell: Right. Vinnie Politan: So I guess that’s gonna be the argument of what happened in that bathtub. Was there any explanation or any demonstrative aid that would tie a bathtub to a fall and the size of the bathtub to the fall? [GRAPHIC: Police reopened the Savio case after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, vanished in 2007] Christine Cornell: No. In fact that’s one of the prosecution’s objections to this diagram being shown. And the judge said that they were entitled to make their argument and then the prosecution could say this is maybe how it might be in an open area, but it’s not going to be the same in an enclosed tub like that. [GRAPHIC: The defense’s first witness of the day was forensic pathologist Dr. Jeffrey Jentzen] And he said you’re perfectly capable of making that argument when it’s your turn. So that’s what’s next. Vinnie Politan: Okay. And that’s what it’s all about, right, Christine? That’s ultimately what it’s all about here is that she slipped and fall in that bathtub, not out on the ground, and a lot for this jury to think about, and a lot for us to think about now. Thanks! [GRAPHIC: Former police sergeant is accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004] Christine Cornell: By the way – Vinnie Politan: Thanks to your sketches. Go ahead. Christine Cornell: One more thing – the jury’s in red, white and blue today. Vinnie Politan: Really? Christine Cornell: Red, white, blue. Red, white, blue, yep. Vinnie Politan: They are definitely coordinating this thing ‘cause we’re seeing it day after day. It’s gonna be interesting at the end of the trial to find out exactly what it’s all about. Christine Cornell, the lunch hour is ending. I know you gotta get back into court. Thanks so much. Christine Cornell: Thank you. [End of Drew Peterson Trial Sketch audio]