Drew Peterson Defense Attorney: 'Killer Jury' Picked for Murder Trial
Whether Peterson will testify in his defense is "his decision."
Updated 4:30 p.m.
The final three alternate jurors have been selected. Look for a story
later after the press conferences are over.
Updated 4 p.m.
Drew Peterson defense attorney Joseph "Shark" Lopez said a "killer jury" was picked for his client's murder trial.
"It's a perfect jury," said Lopez, who insisted that the seven-man, five-woman jury represents all walks of life and is a true reflection of the community.
Lopez and Co-counsel Steve Greenberg did not rule out the possibility that Peterson might take the stand to testify in his own defense, saying, "It's his decision."
But Lopez declined to say whether or not Peterson wants to testify.
"We can't talk about that right now because it's part of the trial strategy."
Lopez also said a noticably puffier Peterson has put on so much weight since he's been jail that the defense team had to scramble to find him roomier pants this morning.
"Drew couldn't fit into his pants," Lopez said. "Maybe too many Cheetos."
Updated 12:50 p.m.
The 12 jurors who will decide Drew Peterson's fate have been selected.
Five women and seven men were picked for Peterson's murder trial, which is set to start July 31. One alternate juror also was chosen.
Judge Edward Burmila will preside over the selection of the other three alternates this afternoon.
Updated 12 p.m.
One of the jurors seated Monday may be excused because he has an upcoming prepaid vacation. The lifelong Joliet resident is related to at least four lawyers, including a Joliet criminal lawyer.
Meanwhile, the eight potential jurors from Monday have finally been
questioned. Defense attorneys are conferring in secret with Drew Peterson about which ones they will try to have removed for cause.
At least 40 more possible jurors are on schedule to be questioned this
Updated 11 a.m.
Eight potential jurors who were not questioned during Monday's marathon session returned Tuesday. Five have been interviewd so far--three women and two men. Just like Monday, defense attorneys are diligently trying to ferret out any potential jurors who have seen any part of the Lifetime movie, "Drew Peterson: Untouchable," based on the book, "Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson."
Updated 9:30 a.m.
Court was delayed Tuesday morning because Drew Peterson's clothes did not fit, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Updated 9 a.m.
Tuesday is the second day of jury selection for the Drew Peterson murder trial.
Monday's proceedings turned into a marathon -- Will County Judge Edward Burmila kept 31 of 40 prospective jurors for nearly 12 hours—past 9 p.m.
Eight jurors were selected Monday after hours of individual questioning.You can read more about them here.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys for the Drew Peterson murder trial hope to have all 16 jurors selected by Tuesday, according to the Huffington Post.
Fifty-eight more potential jurors were scheduled to arrive on Tuesday for questioning. The trial requires 12 jurors and four alternates.