The picture being painted of Drew Peterson is one prosecutors hope will eventually convince a jury that he's responsible for the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio.
Kyle Toutges, the uncle of Peterson's missing fourth wife Stacy, testified a about an incident at Peterson's Bolingbrook home that he says gave him chills. It happened shortly after Savio's death, before her divorce from Peterson divorce was finalized. Toutges overheard Peterson talking with friends in his garage.
"They were just talking about how convenient it was for his wife to have passed away at this time." Toutges said. He said Drews reaction was "let them prove it,' that was his words to his dead wife was 'let them prove it."
Earlier, Savio's former co-worker Issam Karam testified about an incident she described to him where Peterson broke into her home and tackled her on the stairs and threatened her with a knife.
Karam said Savio told him Peterson threatened her saying "he'd kill her right there and then but he didnt because it would be too bloody," allegedly adding "nothing she could do or say could make her safe."
The incident happened in late 2003 during the couple's divorce.
The testimony is part of a pre-trial hearing on hearsay evidence to determine what, if any of it can be admitted at trial.
A spokeswoman for Stacy Peterson's family says they are relieved this day has finally come.
"So far to date I think all the witnesses we’ve heard sound sincere, like they want to tell the truth," Pamela Bosco said.
But Peterson's attorney tried to discredit the witnesses as unreliable.
“What you’re going to find out as this case develops is that Kathy fabricated a lot of stories about Drew and would go around saying them," said Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky.
Prosecutors called nine witnesses, but they have sixty on their sealed list. More potential fireworks are expected from key witnesses who testify in the days ahead.
The hearsay hearing is expected to last three to four weeks.
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