Seeing Drew Peterson, the Illinois policeman who was accused of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio, laugh and joke and take things so lightly as he stepped into the courtroom for his trial, was disconcerting. He acted as though this is just an amusement and a waste of his time because there is “no evidence.”
There is no doubt a jury will pick up on his cockiness and smirks and be turned off. Even though the jury has been warned by the judge to be dispassionate, how can one be dispassionate if someone is sitting in front of them, smirking and looking at this like it is a big joke.
JUDGE RULES NO MISTRIAL
Perhaps one of the reasons Drew has been so cocky is that his attorney may have convinced him that there would be a mistrial But that turned out to not be the case. In fact Judge Edward Burmila decided against declaring a mistrial in Drew Peterson’s murder case yesterday . The did criticize prosecutors for entering inadmissible evidence and even seriously entertained the possibility to canceling the trial. But in the end the judge conclude that Peterson can still can get indeed a fair trial.
Before he made his ruling that ending the trial would be unnecessary, Judge Burmila wondered aloud whether the testimony made Peterson “appear menacing in jurors’ eyes and undermined his shot at a fair trial.”
What makes Peterson menacing may not be the testimony but his own demeanor and how he handles himself in the courtroom. There is no doubt that Drew was not one to listen to the advice go his attorneys or their consultants when it came to Jury Preparation for the simple fact that he never intended for the trial to take place due to a mistrial.
Now it may be too late to prepare him in terms of how to handle himself in the courtroom. So what you see will be Drew Peterson going through all of his stages of tried. He will be in denial and continue with his cockiness. You may begin to see his anger surface, especially if he sees things aren’t looking too good for him as the trial progresses.
There is no doubt that Drew thought he would be home by now, doing the TV show circuit and perhaps victimizing other women.