In the Drew Peterson update, a Will County judge has decided to keep the former police sergeant behind bars while the prosecution appeals. The judge says there is a “compelling reason” to hold on to Peterson. Peterson’s attorney said that Peterson would have loved to go home, take a hot shower, ditch the prison garb, be with his kids. However, that’s not going to happen right now – and that’s fine with me.
My family will tell you that I’m a big fan of Cold Case Files. As I listen to the excellent narration by Bill Kurtis, the best part about the show is when the bad guy (or girl) gets caught in the end. It’s even more satisfying when the bad guy (or girl) thinks they got away with it. For example, a man has killed four women, but he’s been living his life Scott free for 15 years. He thinks he won’t get caught. But he does. And he spends the remainder of his life in jail – where he belongs.
Peterson is in jail – where he belongs. In the law called “The Drew Peterson Law” hearsay testimony “from the grave” is allowed. However, Judge Stephen White barred Will County prosecutors from offering some of that key hearsay testimony. Therefore, the prosecution is appealing. The appeal could take 6 months to a year. If the prosecution loses, it could really hurt them. But in the meantime, keep Peterson in jail.
Who is Drew Peterson?
Drew Walter Peterson is a 56-year-old former police sergeant from Bolingbrook, Illinois. He’s been married four times. His first two wives, Carol Brown and Victoria Connolly are still alive. His last two wives, Kathleen Savio and Stacy Peterson are not. Kathleen died in her bathtub and they can’t find Stacy. On May 7, 2009, Peterson was indicted by a Will County Illinois grand jury and charged with the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Few people believe that Stacy Peterson didn’t meet with a similar fate. Carol Brown and Victoria Connolly suffered through Peterson’s infidelity, but it was worse for Kathleen Savio, who also experienced domestic abuse. Savio’s autopsy revealed eight injuries that show they could have resulted from a struggle, but the finding was that her death was accidental. It wasn’t until after the disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife that Savio’s body was exhumed, and her death was reclassified as a homicide.
The prosecution will be hurt without key hearsay evidence
The last thing I want for this case is for Drew Peterson to go free. However, some of the strongest evidence may be denied. It all depends on whether the prosecution can win their important appeal.
For example, Savio is said to have said, “Drew Peterson has told me he’s going to kill me and make it look like an accident.” During the abuse she suffered in her marriage, Savio filed an order of protection. And a co-worker said that Peterson grabbed Savio’s neck, threw her to the floor and said he “could kill her there and then.”
The search continues for Stacy Peterson’s body
Stacy Peterson’s body has not been found. An inmate says Drew Peterson told him how he killed Stacy and how he worked with an accomplice to dispose of her body. But without the body, without forensic evidence, a case against Peterson is hard to prove. But the search continues. There’s still a chance that her body can be found, even if it takes years.
Thomas Morphey, Peterson’s stepbrother, said he helped Peterson carry a big blue barrel that weighed about 150 pounds. Morphey believes that the barrel contained Stacy Peterson’s body. According to his testimony, he helped Peterson put the barrel in Peterson’s SUV. Then Peterson drove Morphey home. Morphey said Peterson said, “This never happened.” Then Morphey said, “I won’t tell a soul.” But Morphey did tell his girlfriend, his brother and a neighbor. Said Morphey, who overdosed on Xanax due to the stress of the incident, “I felt everything was coming down on me. I’m still scared to death.”
Family members of the dead believe Drew Peterson is guilty
The family members of Kathleen Savio and Stacy Peterson believe that Drew Peterson is guilty. (Watch an interview with Savio’s sister.) Living in Chicago, I often see interviews of the family members on the local news. All of them are relieved that Drew Peterson was forced to remain in jail.
Peterson has been a guest on Howard Stern. He’s got his Twitter account. There was even going to be a Win a Date with Drew Peterson radio spot. He often is seen grinning, like this entire thing is a big joke. But it’s not a joke.
Said prosecutor James Glasgow about Drew Peterson and his defense attorneys, “They think everything’s a big joke, they think everything’s funny. This is not a funny case. This is about the murder of a mother of two and it’s a very solemn matter.”
Judge: ‘Compelling reason’ to keep Peterson in jail, Chicago Tribune
Carlin DeGuerin Miller, Drew Peterson’s Dead Wife Kathleen Savio “Speaks from Grave,” Will She Help Convict Him of Murder? , CBS News
Drew Peterson’s Ex-Wife Testifies From the Grave, AOL News
New Search Launched for Peterson’s Missing Wife, AOL News
Bombshell Testimony in Drew Peterson Case, CBS News
Peterson’s trial delayed, lawyers seek his release from jail, Chicago Breaking News Center
Ruth Ravve, Drew Peterson Stays Locked Up, Fox News
Melissa Underwood, Radio Station Cancels Contest to Win a Date With Ex-Cop Drew Peterson , Fox News