Anna Doman, the sister of Kathleen Savio, said: "I'm so glad its over! We waited years for this."


2:55 p.m. ' It was beautiful'

Outside the courtroom, Kathleen Savio's family and supporters hugged and cried along with witnesses who testified for the state.

"I knew it," said Savio's brother-in-law Mitch Doman. "Now I can go out there and say he's a murdering bastard. You can print that. You can put it in a headline.

"It was like a big burden lifted off our shoulders. We knew he did it, but we couldn't do nothing about it," he told a Tribune reporter.

Mary Parks, the Joliet Junior College classmate of Savio who testified at trial, came out of the courtroom beaming. "I just knew," she said. "I didn't doubt it. I just knew it would be this way. It was beautiful."


2:52 p.m. Savio's family hugs after verdict

Kathleen Savio's family and supporters hugged and cried outside the courtroom after the verdict.

2:50 p.m. Cheers outside courthouse

A crowd of about 75 people awaiting the news outside the courthouse started buzzing as word spread about a guilty verdict.

Someone shouted, "Guilty!" and cheers erupted.


2:47 p.m. Peterson shows no emotion

Drew Peterson showed no emotion when the verdict was announced.


2:45 p.m. Jurors being polled

Judge Edward Burmila is polling the jury on their verdict.


2:44 p.m. Peterson has been found guilty

There was an audible gasp in the courtroom when the guilty verdict was announced.

2:35 p.m. Peterson arrives to hear verdict

Drew Peterson is seated at the defense table. State's Attorney James Glasgow has just arrived at the courthouse. Some members of the defense team have not yet arrived. There are seven sheriff's deputies in the courtroom, more than the usual two. Spectators have filled the gallery and overflow room.
2:30 p.m. The jury has reached a verdict