Peterson trial updates: Prosecution question angers judge11:15 a.m. Question about bullet angers judge
A question from prosecutors about a bullet in a driveway led to angry questions from the judge and a likely request for a mistrial from defense attorneys.
The question came up as Asst. State's Atty. Kathleen Patton pressed Savio's neighbor, Thomas Pontarelli, about Drew Peterson telling him to stop helping his ex-wire change the locks in the house.
She asked Pontarelli if he felt intimintaed, and Pontarelli said, "Yes. . .he accused me of changing the locks. I said I didn't, but I got his message yesterday. He said, 'What was that?' I said, 'I found a .38-caliber bullet on my driveway.' "
His answer prompted an immediate objection from defense attorney Steven Greenberg. After jurors and Pontarelli were escorted from the courtroom, the judge angrily asked Patton, "Are you going to be able to demonstrate that the defendant put a bullet in the driveway of Mr. Pontarelli?"
"No, judge, no," Patton replied.
Judge Edward Burmilla appeared to grow more irritated. "What is the purpose of you trying to let the jury think that Mr. Peterson put a bullet in the driveway of Mr. Pontarelli. Why would you do that? You are going to leave the jury with the impression that the defendant put it there."
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