Jury deliberations continue this morning in Drew Peterson's murder trial.
On Wednesday, the first day of deliberations, jurors sent four notes to the judge asking for transcripts of testimony from two hearsay witnesses along with death scene and autopsy photos.
The seven men and five women on the jury deliberated for 81/2 hours before asking a bailiff if they could order dinner. The judge gave jurors the option of ordering dinner and continuing to deliberate or going home for the night. Jurors chose to go home, and the judge reminded them to avoid media coverage of the case before releasing them shortly after 6 p.m.
Peterson, 58, is facing up to 60 years in prison in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. The former Bolingbrook police sergeant also is thought by prosecutors to have killed his missing fourth wife, Stacy, but he has not been charged.
The jury asked to review the testimony of the Rev. Neil Schori, who said Stacy tearfully confided to him during a counseling session that Peterson had coached her for hours to lie to state police about Savio's death.
Jurors also were interested in the testimony of defense witness Harry Smith, who said Stacy called him shortly before she vanished and asked if "the fact that (Drew) killed Kathy could be used against him" in a possible divorce.
Jurors also asked for phone records related to Stacy's alleged statement to Schori. The Naperville pastor testified that Stacy told him she woke late at night to find Peterson missing and tried to reach him by phone.
Eventually she saw him dressed in black emptying a bag of women's clothing into their washing machine along with the clothes he was wearing, Schori testified.
Judge Edward Burmila granted most of the jury's handwritten requests, sending jurors the requested autopsy photos of Savio's injuries and her body as it was found in her Bolingbrook bathtub.
The judge also swore in court reporter supervisor Jennifer Danley and brought jurors back into the courtroom to hear Danley read Schori's and Smith's testimony back to them.
Another court reporter made a transcript of Danley reading the transcripts, which took about 90 minutes with several breaks for objections from attorneys that a passage had been misread.
Some jurors took notes as the testimony was read.
Jurors also asked for and received the handwritten statement Savio gave in 2002 about an incident in which she alleged that Peterson attacked her on her staircase and held a knife to her throat.
They also received a letter Savio wrote the same year to a Will County prosecutor about the incident, in which she alleged that Peterson told her "that I just need to die."
With the waiting game under way, attorneys, members of the news media and a few court watchers milled in the courtroom halls, chatting and discussing how the trial might end.
As Joel Brodsky and other members of the defense team left the courthouse, they were accompanied by an armed, off-duty Chicago police officer who was providing security. Brodsky was vague about whether there have been threats made against him.
"Nothing specific," he said.