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The Crimes of Drew Peterson

Background and the Latest Developments


Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson

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Former Bolingbrook policeman Drew Peterson made national headlines in October 2007 when his fourth wife, Stacey Peterson, disappeared. a little more than three years after his third wife, Kathleen Savio, was found dead in a dry bathtub.

After Stacey disappeared the body of Savio was exhumed and a later autopsy found that she was the victim of a homicide, not an accidental drowning as originally ruled.

Latest Developments

Drew Peterson Fears for Life
Sept. 6, 2013
A former police officer convicted of killing his third wife while his fourth wife is still missing without a trace fears for his life as he serves his 38-year prison sentence. Drew Peterson told his attorney that he feels like he is going to die in prison.

Previous Developments

Drew Peterson Gets 38 Years
Feb. 21, 2013
A former Illinois police officer has been sentenced for the death of his third wife, which was originally ruled as an accident. Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the death of Kathleen Savio after screaming in court, "I did not kill Kathleen!"

Drew Peterson Attends Mother's Wake
Oct. 11, 2012
A former Illinois police officer convicted in September of killing his third wife was given the opportunity to attend his mother's wake by jail officials. Drew Peterson was able to spend a few minutes by his mother's casket at a Darien funeral home.

Drew Peterson Found Guilty
Sept. 6, 2012
An Illinois jury deliberated almost 14 hours over two days before finding a former Bolingbrook police officer guilty of murder of his third wife. Drew Peterson, 58, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Kathleen Savio.

Drew Peterson Jury Selection Begins
July 23, 2012
After a final pre-trail ruling excluding some hearsay evidence against the defendant, jury selection began in the case of a former Bollingbrook, Illinois policeman accused in the death of his third wife. As the potential jurors filled the courtroom, Drew Peterson stood and introduced himself to the panel.

Judge Nixes Bathtub at Drew Peterson Trial
July 3, 2012
Jurors will probably not get to see the actual bathtub in which a former Illinois policeman claims his third wife drowned after a judge ruled on a series of pre-trial motions. Judge Edward Burmila ruled that prosecutors could not introduce the bathtub where Kathleen Savio allegedly drowned during Drew Peterson's murder trial.

Hearsay Evidence Out in Drew Peterson Case
July 26, 2011
An Illinois appeals court has weakened the state's case against a former policeman accused of killing his wife by ruling that hearsay evidence pointing to his guilt will not be heard by the jury.

Drew Peterson Hearsay Ruling Appealed
Feb. 16, 2011
Prosecutors trying to prove that a former Illinois police officer killed his wife have asked an appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling regarding hearsay evidence in the case. Prosecutors want the statements of two of Drew Peterson's wives admitted into evidence in his up-coming trial.

Peterson Wants Gun Charges Dropped
June 26, 2010
Attorneys for Drew Peterson, the former Illinois policeman charged with the murder of his third wife, have filed motions to have his felony gun charges dropped. When he was arrested, Peterson was charged for possession of a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16 inches.

Drew Peterson Asks for Trial Delay
May 29, 2010
Drew Peterson, the former policeman who is accused of murder in the death of his third wife while his fourth wife is still missing, has requested a delay in his trial, scheduled to begin June 14. Peterson's attorneys said they need more time to prepare for four experts recently added to the prosecution's list of witnesses.

Drew Peterson Pleads Not Guilty
May 18, 2009
Former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson entered a plea of not guilty to killing his third wife who was found dead in a dry bathtub in 2004. Kathleen Savio's death was originally ruled an accidental drowning, but was changed to homicide after Peterson's fourth wife disappeared.

Drew Peterson Arrested for 3rd Wife's Murder
May 7, 2009
A former Illinois policeman, who made national news in 2007 when his fourth wife disappeared, has been indicted and arrested in connection with the death of his third wife in 2004. Drew Peterson is being held on $20 million bail on charges of murdering Kathleen Savio.

Drew Peterson Faces Weapons Charge
May 22, 2008
Drew Peterson turned himself in to the Bolingbrook Police Department on charges of owning a semiautomatic rifle with a barrel that is too short under Illinois law. The charges were later dropped.

Former Cop Offers Reward for Wife's Return
May 5, 2008
A former police officer whose wife has been missing since October 2007 has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to her safe return. Drew Peterson issued a statement saying he had hoped his wife Stacy would have contacted him by now and he "can't fathom why" she has not.

Cop's Third Wife's Death Ruled Homicide
Feb. 24, 2008
While investigators continue to seek clues in the disappearance of a former Illinois policeman's fourth wife, a second autopsy has determine that his third wife's death in 2004 was not an accident. A new autopsy of Kathleen Savio's exhumed body determined that her drowning death was a homicide.

Peterson 'Clearly' Suspect in Wife's Disappearance
Nov. 11, 2007
Investigators say Bolingbrook, Illinois policeman Drew Peterson is now "clearly" a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife Stacey Peterson while authorities requested and received a court order to exhume the body of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who supposedly drowned in the couple's bathtub.

Clues Sought in Disappearance of Stacy Peterson
Nov. 5, 2007
Authorities are treating the disappearance of 23-year-old Stacy Peterson as a missing-person case, but a week after the Bolingbrook, Illinois, mother of two was reported missing, those who knew her are suspecting foul play. Family members say they have given up hope of finding her alive.

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