Friday, February 22, 2008
Mark Jensen Convicted Of Murdering His Wife; Drew Peterson Scrutinized for Death of Kathleen Savio Update 4-24-08
A seven women and five men jury deliberated for three days., ultimately resulting in the conviction of Mark Jensen. The trial lasted six weeks. Post verdict, bail was immediately revoked. Watch the drama in the courtroom »
The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. Whether parole will ever be possible will be decided at the sentencing hearing. Julie Jensen, 40, was found dead in her bed nearly 10 years ago. Prosecutor Robert Jamois was pleased with the decision. According to the prosecution, Julie Jensen was poisoned by ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze.
A key piece of evidence was a letter from Julie Jensen in the possession of a neighbor which in essence implicated her husband should anything ever happen to her. Her son's teacher also testified as to Julie saying she thought her husband was trying to kill her. Mark Jensen, 48, was charged in 2002 with first-degree murder because of the December 1998 death of his wife. Jensen was allegedly having an affair at the time he supposedly poisoned his wife. Expect Mark to file an appeal!
Update 4-24-08 Mark Jensen has been sentenced to life. YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK
In an unrelated case, a new autopsy has apparently concluded that Drew Peterson's third wife died because of a homicide. Guess a homicide investigation will now begin which as we all know, usually starts with questioning the husband. The second report on Kathleen Savio’s 2004 death included photos and reports from the initial investigation. It also includes results from microscopic examinations and toxicological tests. Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said, “We have been investigating this as a murder since reopening the case in November of last year. We now have a scientific basis to formally and publicly classify it as such.” Savio was found dead in her bathtub shortly before her divorce settlement with Peterson was final. A coroner’s jury ruled after the first autopsy that her death was accidental. Peterson is a possible suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Drew Peterson said she ran off with another man. Peterson denies all wrong doing! Exclusive interview with Joel Brodsky HERE
12-3-10: Jensen's conviction has been upheld on appeal.