Prosecutors said they believe the case will be upheld on appeal, but Connor acknowledged it was the most difficult case he has tried.

"This was definitely the most complex case, just due to the sheer number of witnesses and the many legal issues," he said.

The fact that the case turned heavily on hearsay statements and medical testimony didn't help in a society conditioned to expect smoking guns and videotaped confessions.

"In a post 'CSI' world, it's very difficult, especially when you don't have DNA," Connor said, before he was pulled away for a hug from a grateful Candace Aiken, Stacy Peterson's aunt.

 


5:35 p.m. Juror's father: 'It's been five very long weeks'

Eddie Saldana, the father of juror Eduardo Saldana, said shortly before 5 p.m. that his son had not returned to their Bolingbrook home and was at a restaurant with some fellow jurors.

"I just talked to him. They are eating somewhere, probably decompressing a little bit," he said.

The elder Saldana said his son asked him to relay the message that he did not wish to speak with reporters today.

"He's very tired," he said. "It's been five very long weeks."

Asked if he thought his son was relieved the trial was over, he said, "Actually he's been very quiet for the last five weeks. He's been extremely quiet. When he comes in we've had to turn the news off, but he's a sports guy - football and baseball."


5:25 p.m. Statement on Facebook page of Peterson's son

Following is a statement posted to the Facebook page of Tom Peterson, Drew Peterson’s son:

“To say the least...I'm extremely disappointed. During the past 5 years...I got to see full grown adults act like children, and now they are parading around my front door. Who do I have left? Who do my siblings have left? Oh yeah...the pastor, the lawyer, my aunts, and all of my mom's friends who LISTENED to my mother's pleas and DIDN'T do anything about it. Now she is dead, and you went forth to break the Constitution to blame my dad. I'm sorry, but that doesn't seem very believable to me...but since the rest of the world thinks otherwise, this is your fault, you should have come forward earlier. Now, I have a broken family without a salary, and some woman who sees it important to bully me over the internet because of my Dad. I hope you are all happy.”


4:15 p.m. Verdict 'a very sobering moment'

State's Atty. James Glasgow called the verdict “a very sobering moment” and said it makes a statement about violence against women. He called Peterson “a coward and a bully.”

Glasgow thanked the jury and thanked Savio's family members, who he said “were with us through the entire matter.” He also thanked the Illinois State Police for reconstructing the case.


4:05 p.m. Murder charges in Stacy Peterson case?

State's Atty. James Glasgow says he has not ruled out charging Drew Peterson with the death of Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, who has been missing since 2007. "The longer someone is missing, the easier it is to prove they're dead."

Glasgow also said he will present evidence about Stacy's disappearance at Peterson's sentencing to get the stiffest penalty possible.