JOLIET, Ill. (WKOW) -- Jurors have begun deliberations at the trial of Drew Peterson who is accused of murdering his third wife.
The jurors left the courtroom and headed to a jury room Wednesday morning after a judge read them instructions on how to assess the five weeks of testimony.
Peterson is a former Illinois police sergeant. He has pleaded not guilty to murdering Kathleen Savio in 2004. The 58-year-old was only charged only after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007.
Peterson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in Savio's death. If convicted, he faces a maximum 60-year prison sentence.
During closing arguments on Tuesday, prosecutors asked jurors to use common sense as they go through the evidence. The defense told them the state fell far short of proving Peterson killed Savio.
JOLIET, Ill. (WKOW)-- Drew Peterson's trial is in the hands of the jury.
After years of media attention and five weeks of testimony, allegations Drew Peterson murdered his third wife will be decided by his jury. Jurors are scheduled to receive instructions from the judge Wednesday morning, and then withdraw to a Joliet courthouse room to deliberate.
The former Illinois police sergeant has pleaded not guilty to murdering Kathleen Savio in 2004. He fell under scrutiny in her death only after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson disappeared in 2007. Defense attorney Joel Brodsky told reporters Tuesday his client has prepared himself emotionally for the jurors decision, whatever it is.
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