JOLIET – Jurors who convicted former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson of killing his third wife say they were split early in their deliberations and then later had one holdout who wasn’t fully convinced.
Several jurors spoke to reporters at a news conference Friday in Joliet.
Juror Teresa Mathews said seven jurors voted guilty and four not guilty as they started their deliberations Wednesday. One was undecided.
But the 49-year-old said 11 favored convicting Peterson and just one still leaned toward not guilty heading into Thursday. They returned with a unanimous guilty verdict Thursday afternoon.
Mathews said discussions were never heated. She said comments Savio made before she died and Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, made before she disappeared in 2007 eventually convinced the lone holdout.