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Drew Peterson Murder Trial: No sign of drugs or alcohol in Kathleen Savio's body, toxicologist says

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Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio. AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

(CBS/AP) JOLIET, Ill. - Prosecutors at Drew Peterson's trial have begun addressing the question of whether the ex-Chicago cop's third wife, Kathleen Savio, was actually murdered.

Forensic toxicologist Christopher Long was the first prosecution witness Tuesday after a three day-break. He told jurors about tests done on tissue samples from Savio's body.

Authorities initially ruled that Savio accidentally drowned in her bathtub. But after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007, Savio's body was re-examined and her death was reclassified as a homicide.

Long told jurors that tests conducted on Savio's tissue in 2004 and 2007 found no sign of drugs or alcohol in her system.

The defense has said Savio died from an accidental fall and suggested she have may have been under the influence of some substance.

Complete coverage of the Drew Peterson case on Crimesider

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