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Jury's Verdict: Drew Peterson is Guilty

The jury spent 8.5 hours Wednesday deliberating. That process continues Thursday.

Updated 2:50 p.m. 

Drew Peterson has been found guilty of first degree murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. 

Updated 2:40 p.m. 

A verdict has been reached and will be read around 3 p.m. 

Updated at 1:15 p.m. 

The jury asked the judge to tell them what the word "unanimous" means.

Judge Edward Burmiila said he received the jury's question at 12:35 p.m. "Just to be clear, judge, what does 'unanimous' mean?" Burmila said the jury asked.

Burmila said he was sending back a note telling the jury that 'unanimous' means the agreement of all in regard to the matter at hand, and that when a verdict is reached, each juror must sign his or her name to it.

Updated at 12:40 p.m. 

The jury has sent a question to the judge. The judge will read the question from the bench shortly.

Updated at 11:50 a.m.

The jury's lunch was just delivered. They may continue their deliberations while they eat.

Original story

The jury began deliberating at 9:05 a.m. Jurors were taken straight to the back. Judge Edward Burmila did not have them brought into the courtroom before they started their second day of deliberations.

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Clutche September 07, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Amen
Thomas Williams September 07, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Do all the arm chair lawyers forget that this case has already gone to the state supreme court? Most states have hear say laws on the books. ever hear about the RICO? Drew is where he belongs
boo September 07, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Dosnt matter if you think hes guilty or not. Its a sad day for all when you have to basically create a new law (hearsay) to convict someone.Hearsay isnt evidence in my opinion. But when you cant build a traditional case or use the laws or standards of the past in Will county just create new ones.
Flora Dora September 07, 2012 at 02:38 PM
When you get rid of a witness (read kill) their words should be heard.
Jackie S. September 07, 2012 at 03:03 PM
That is true, Flora! If Stacy Peterson was not missing, she would have testified. Therefore, her two credible witnesses testified on her behalf.

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