Sister: Drew Was Going to Kill Wife and Make it Look Like an Accident

Kathleen Savio knew her days were numbered, her sister said Friday.

repeatedly predicted would kill her and make it look like she died in an accident, her sister testified Friday.

Doman also recalled how the law ignored her family after Savio actually did die in what appeared to be an accident.

"No one would listen," she said.

"I tried to call (the state police) and no one would listen," Doman said, "All they would say is, 'It's under investigation.'"

While testifying, Doman drew the ire of , who he believed was mocking him.

Burmila responded several times to objections over testimony about Savio's death certificate by saying, "The document speaks for itself."

The courtroom—including defense attorney —erupted
with laughter after Doman answered a question about the death certificate by parroting Burmila's words.

"I'm glad eveyone thinks that's funny," Burmila sneered before turning on Doman and saying, "Ma'am, do not mock the court again or try to in the future."

Soon after that episode, the incessant coughing of a sick juror prompted Burmila to call it quits for the day. He said he didn't want the other jurors to get infected with whatever the ill one had.

Before the early end of Friday's session, Doman spoke of her family gathering in Savio's house the day after she was found drowned in her dry bathtub in March 2004.

While they were in the house, Peterson showed up outside, pounding on the front door and shouting for them to open up.

Doman said she didn't want to let Peterson in, but her uncle opened the door for him.

Peterson then grabbed a laundry basket and said he needed to get clothes and other things for his two sons, Doman said.

Peterson went to the bedrooms of his sons, but also into Savio's bedroom and the bathroom where her body was found.

"He was frantic, quite frantic, like in a hurry," Doman said, telling how she followed him into the bathroom.

"He was leaning over the bathtub, rubbing it," she said. "You could see he was rubbing and I asked him what he was doing. He said he was cleaning. He didn't want the kids to see the blood.

"It didn't make sense to me," Doman said. "Why was their blood in the tub if she drowned?"

Doman also said that shortly before her sister died, Savio let her know she stashed a secret suitcase in the back of her SUV. She said Savio instructed her to immediately get it if anything happened to her.

Doman did grab the briefcase the day after Savio's body was found. But instead of doing anything with it, she stored it in her garage and did not even check out its contents for an undetermined amount of time, possibly years.

Defense attorney Joseph "Shark" Lopez also revealed during cross examination that, before turning the briefcase and its contents over to the police, Doman provided copies of the paperwork inside to a producer from Greta Van Susteren's talk show. Doman gave the papers to the producer shortly after Peterson's next wife, , vanished in October 2007.

Lopez also questioned Doman about her relationship with Savio's two sons, Kristopher and Thomas. Along with getting the briefcase, Doman said the other most important thing Savio wanted her to do if she died was to take care of her sons.

Lopez got her to admit she never again saw either boy after her sister's funeral. She also never sent either nephew a birthday or Christmas card.

After the hearing, Pam Bosco expressed her frustration with Burmila's decision to keep out so much evidence during the trial's first week. She said prosecutors "are doing what they're capable of with their hands tied behind their backs. They're walking on glass."

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Francis M. Regan August 05, 2012 at 01:54 AM
screen_name says he worked for BPD. I guarantee the ones he knew were no angels just like one of the ex-chiefs. Care for me to give some instances. Was T.D. one of your bud's ?You keep on saying bullying ! Plus it's none of your business what I say and nothing you can do about it, but just whine. Grow up already. Screen_name acts like he has a special interest in this case. I bet you and Drew didnt get along either. Maybe he should have cleaned your clock before you left BPD, which he would have had no problem doing.
Lorie Taylor August 05, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Wow and these are the SUPPOSED men who were supposed to be protecting us citizens! I hope your all real proud of yourselves standing behind your buddy allowing him to get away with all this stuff. You guys could of stopped a lot of this along time ago but you allowed him to carry on for as long as he did, and look what happened! He isn't the only one on the force that was running around chasing young girls around town. YOU know who you are, and so do I ! There was a few of you on the force doing things you shouldn't of been doing! You need to clear your conscious, and do what's right and speak up and stop protecting your buddy. Everything always comes out in the wash, and maybe next time someone might just speaking out about what you guys did!
Francis M. Regan August 05, 2012 at 01:57 PM
@Lori Taylor . Officers never protected Drew, they filed reports and then it was up to the BPD brass or the States Attorney to doing anything further aginst Drew. Are you saying Officers knew what Drew supposedly did to Kathy in the tub?
Lorie Taylor August 05, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Francis, I have no knowledge of any of them knowing about Kathleen in the tub. If I did, they would be on the stand along with him! I have my suspicions about a few of them knowing more than they are admitting. A WILL comes to mind! I was talking about all of them chasing young girls around, and some of the things they were doing back in the day right along with him. I am not going to mention any names. They know who they are, and so do we! Francis, I will say somebody was obviously watching his back, and helping him along because he got away with a lot of stuff and never lost his job. Even when he got fired they allowed him right back on the force. I just can't comprehend all those letters, and police calls and nobody did anything to help Kathleen out! Why is that? Why was he allowed to torment, and threaten her? Go into her home, among other things and they did nothing! If that isn't protecting, and turning their heads another way I don't know what is! If there was reports against him, why was nothing done? Who didn't do their job, or disregarded the reports filed?
Francis M. Regan August 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Lori you have to ask one of the ex-Chiefs and the SAO as to why nothing was done.


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