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Witness: Savio's Bruises Were Not Caused by Fall

The Drew Peterson murder trial resumes Tuesday.

Witness: Savio's Bruises Were Not Caused by Fall Witness: Savio's Bruises Were Not Caused by Fall

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Updated 7:15 p.m.

Dr. Mary Case is still on the witness stand. Defense attorney Darryl Goldberg has been trying to get Case to concede that Kathleen Savio suffered her excessive, deep bruising during a bout of "rough sex."

Case wasn't buying it.

"The bruises that I saw on her body, I can't conceive of coming from what you call, 'rough sex,'" she said.

Updated 3:24 p.m. 

Forensic neuropathologist Mary Case testified that she believes was the victim of a homicide.

Case is the second pathologost to tell the jury that Savio was killed by someone and did not die in an accident.

Case compared the deep bruises on below Savio's clavicle and left breast to what one would suffer in a car crash.

The abrasion on Savio's left buttock and the laceration to the back of Savio's head could not have been caused her falling in her smooth-surfaced bathtub, she said.

Updated 12:43 p.m. 

Cincinnatti restauranteur Jeff Ruby came to the Joliet courthouse today and slammed Judge Edward Burmila for the way he has handled the Drew Peterson murder trial.

"Has a judge ever been charged with obstruction of justice?" Asked Ruby, who two weeks ago bought large advertisements in Chicago area newspapers ripping the way Peterson's attorneys have conducted themselves.

"You don't need a mistrial--this is a miscarriage of justice," said Ruby, who traveled to Joliet in a ridiculously large black-and-gold bus "to support the families" of Kathleen Savio and Stacy Peterson.

"If this was televised, America would see what a travesty this is," said Ruby, who called the proceedings, "Joliet justice" and said of Peterson, "You can buy sex but you can't buy love."

"This guy's going to walk as sure as you're standing here," Ruby said. "This guy makes Scott Peterson look like Tim Tebow."

He also said, "Does everybody named Peterson kill their wives? Because he killed two."

Ruby explained that the murder case resonates with him because his brother-in-law was slain on his 26th birthday.

Ruby declined to take another shot at Peterson's attorneys, but said, "The only class act in that fricking courtroom is that poor soul (Will County State's Attorney James) Glasgow."

Updated 12:25 p.m. 

Judge Burmila has allowed prosecution expert witness Mary Case to continue testifying, but told the jury to disregard what she had said about the witness testimony she based her conclusions upon.

Dr. Case was only on the stand for a few minutes before a defense objection cleared the jury from the courtroom.

Attorneys were sparring over a single sentence in the autopsy report prepared by Dr. Brian Mitchell following the death of Kathleen Savio in March 2004.

Mitchell wrote that a cut to the back of Savio's head may have been suffered while falling in her bathtub.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow asked Case if Mitchell, who died in March 2010 had given a manner of death in his report. Mitchell had not.

Glasgow called the sentence in Mitchell's report "unfortunate" and "half-baked." He also said defense attorneys were using the in a "not straight-uply" manner.

"It's being perverted by the defense," Glasgow said.

Updated 10:53 a.m. 

Without the defense objecting, Judge Burmila took issue with the testimony of prosecution expert witness Mary Case.

Case, a forensic and neuropathologist, said she is basing her conclusions on pretrial testimony given by witnesses who will not be called at the trial itself.

Prosecutors are now looking for case law to clear the way for Case to testify. Burmila scoffed at Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, telling him he knows of no such case law, but letting him go search for it anyway.

Updated 10:17 a.m. 

Judge Edward Burmila ruled that the Braidwood man Drew Peterson allegedly offered $25,000 to find him a hitman can testify.

Jeffrey Pachter said Peterson asked him to find someone to kill his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Soon after, Savio was found dead in her bathtub.

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The two witnesses scheduled to testify Tuesday are Mary Case, forensic pathologist, and Bryan Falat, Illinois state trooper. 

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