IIRC, the officer that testified at the inquest was not the officer that normally would testify because he was on vacation at the time of the inquest. I'm not sure if the guy on vacation was one of the responding officers or not. I don't recall the titles/duties of either LE person and I'll try to hunt down that fun fact.
I pulled this from the Names list that I compiled back in February of 2008.
Robert Diehl works for the Illinois State Police. He is listed as a witness on an autopsy report for Kathleen Savio, dated March 1, 2004. He also attended the first autopsy that was performed on Kathleen's body in 2004. He was scheduled to appear and give testimony at the Coroner's Inquest, but was deemed unavailable as he was on vacation at the time the Coroner's Jury heard testimony. Herbert Hardy appeared in his place.
Herbert Hardy is a Special Agent with the Illinois State Police. He provided testimony to the coroner's inquest in May 2004 as the jury was trying to determine the cause of death for Kathleen Savio. He was filling in for the ISP officer who had been to the scene and was "on vacation and unable to attend." Hardy did not see the death scene, yet he told the coroner's jury, "And our investigation shows that basically, after the coroner's report and toxicology that she died from drowning," Hardy says" - "We believe that the laceration from her -- that she sustained to the back of her head was caused by a fall in the tub," Hardy said. "There was nothing to lead us to believe that anything else occurred." He also told the jury that they (ISP) were waiting for phone records to confirm Drew Peterson's alibi, and told them that the records had been requested. They had not been. He went on to tell the jury that it takes a long time to receive phone records.
Pat Collins works for the Illinois State Police in the capacity of Sergeant. Two days after the death of Kathleen Savio, on March 3, 2004, Sgt. Collins appeared before a seated Grand Jury to discuss the investigation of Kathleen's death. He had been appointed by the Grand Jury to act in the capacity of investigator. According to Patrick O'Neil (Will County Coroner), "Sgt. Pat Collins of the Illinois State Police obtained the assistance of State's Atty. [Jeff] Tomczak's office on March 3, 2004, in his investigation." It is unclear whether the investigation returned to the March 2004 seated Grand Jury. Collins did not appear at the Coroner's Inquest in May 2004.
Walter Lee James sat as a juror on the Coroner's Inquest for Kathleen Savio's death. According to James, Dennis Pratl (a police officer) told the other jurors that Peterson was a nice guy and would not have done anything to hurt Kathleen. James stated that this information from Pratl swayed the jurors from calling Kathleen's death a homicide to an accidental death.
Dennis Pratl is a detective who specializes in internet-related crimes. He sat as a juror on the Coroner's Inquest for Kathleen Savio's death. According to Walter "Lee" James, another juror, Pratl told the other jurors that Peterson was a nice guy and would not have done anything to hurt Kathleen. James stated that this information from Pratl swayed the jurors from calling Kathleen's death a homicide to an accidental death.
Jim Pretto was one of the jurors seated during the Coroner's Inquest investigating the death of Kathleen Savio in May 2004. Pretto faulted investigators for failing to present enough evidence at the inquest and said that if he had known all the facts about the case in 2004, he would have called Savio's death a homicide. "There was no evidence at all to point toward it being a murder," Pretto said. "There was nothing presented at all." Pretto said that though the jurors on the coroner's inquest were suspicious, they did not have enough evidence to call Savio's death anything but an accident. "We had no other alternative," he said. "I think more evidence should have been presented, more investigation should have been done at the time."
As a side note: To the best of my knowledge, the transcript from the coroner's inquest has not been made public. Several news agencies had a copy of this document (Greta Van Susteren was one that I am aware of as she held it up and read from it during one of her programs), but it was subsequently pulled from public viewing. I have tried numerous times to gain access to this document, and was unable to do so.