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    PROGRESS!!! Former Illinois police sergeant indicted in death of #3 wife #19 - DARN!

    Hopefully the 4th is not far away....

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/0...officer_s_wife

    Former Illinois police sergeant indicted in death of 3rd wife

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    By Karen Hawkins, The Associated Press

    LOCKPORT, Ill. - Drew Peterson, the former police sergeant who went on a high-profile media blitz after his fourth wife's disappearance more than 1 1/2 years ago, is facing murder charges in the death of a previous wife.

    Peterson, 55, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found in an empty bathtub at home.

    He was arrested during an evening traffic stop Thursday near his Bolingbrook home and held on $20 million bond, Illinois State Police Capt. Carl Dobrich said.

    "We are very confident in our case," Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said.

    Savio's body was found with her hair soaked in blood from a head wound, just before the couple's divorce settlement was finalized. Her death originally was ruled an accidental drowning but authorities later said it was a homicide staged to look like an accident.

    The indictment alleges that "Peterson on or about Feb. 29, 2004 ... caused Kathleen Savio to inhale fluid," causing her death.

    Savio's family has long voiced suspicions, saying she feared Peterson and told relatives if she died it would not be an accident. Their fears resurfaced after the October 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, then 23.

    Drew Peterson, 55, is a suspect in the disappearance, which police have called a possible homicide. But he has not been charged and has repeatedly said he thinks Stacy Peterson ran off with another man.

    "I guess I should have returned those library books," a handcuffed Peterson said as state police led him into headquarters following his arrest, according to the (Joliet) Herald-News.

    Despite the flip comment, "Drew takes these charges very seriously," defence lawyer Joel Brodsky said Friday in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America." Brodsky said "wisecracks and comedy" are just Peterson's way of dealing with stress.

    Glasgow said Thursday that the case against Peterson would include evidence that might previously have been inadmissible. Last year state legislators passed a law that allows a judge to admit hearsay evidence in first-degree murder cases if prosecutors can prove the defendant killed a witness to prevent them from testifying.

    "In essence what you're basically allowing the victim of a violent crime to do is testify from the grave," Glasgow said.

    Savio filed an order of protection against Peterson in 2002 and in it she wrote that she feared Peterson could kill her.

    "He wants me dead and if he has to he will burn the house down just to shut me up," she wrote.

    In an interview on Chicago's WGN-TV, Brodsky said he will argue that statements about Peterson made by Savio before her death can't be used by prosecutors in court.

    "It's going to have to face a constitutional challenge," he said. "We're now involving rumour and innuendo and unreliable evidence in a homicide case."

    Brodsky questioned whether Savio's death was a homicide and said Peterson's $20 million bail is unreasonable.

    Another defence lawyer, Andrew Abood, said the indictment was not a complete surprise.

    "There was tremendous pressure for the government to do something in this case," Abood said Thursday evening. But Abood said one of Peterson's sons with Savio has "provided a lock-tight alibi" for his father, who faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

    In an appearance on CBS' "The Early Show" last month, 16-year-old Thomas Peterson appeared alongside his father and defended him.

    "I highly do not believe that my dad had murdered my mom. Because, first off, he wasn't there, he was with us during that period of time," Thomas Peterson said on the show.

    Peterson has seemed to relish the spotlight since Stacy Peterson's disappearance, appearing in a People magazine cover story and on multiple national talk shows - most recently to tout his new engagement to a 24-year-old woman.

    From the day Stacy Peterson was reported missing, her husband, a cop of nearly 30 years, knew if investigators weren't focused on him, they soon would be. And it wasn't two weeks before the Illinois State Police made it official, calling Peterson a suspect and her disappearance a possible homicide.

    When at the same time authorities announced they believed Savio's death looked like it was a homicide, Peterson knew authorities were looking closely at him as well.

    "The husband is always a suspect, whether you declare him so or not," defence attorney Brodsky said when authorities revealed an autopsy on Savio's exhumed body showed she was murdered.

    Savio's body was found by a friend of Peterson after the police sergeant called him to say he was worried because he had not talked to or seen Savio for a few days. The couple had recently divorced.

    The friend, Steve Carcerano, has said he went to the house and went upstairs while Peterson waited downstairs. When he found Savio's body in the bathtub, he called downstairs to Peterson, who has said he then ran upstairs, took Savio's pulse, but found none.

    Peterson's next wife was Stacy, who was 30 years younger. They had two children, who lived with the couple along with Peterson's two children from his marriage to Savio.

    On the morning of Oct. 28, 2007, Stacy Peterson talked to a friend. Stacy's sister, Cassandra Cales, tried to call her in the middle of the afternoon, and did not get through. Late that night, Cales went to Peterson's home, but neither Drew nor Stacy was there. A few minutes later, she reached Peterson on his cell phone, with Peterson telling her that Stacy had left him.

    Cales didn't believe it and reported her sister missing the next day.

    Pamela Bosco, a friend of Stacy's family who has acted as an unofficial family spokeswoman, said "we're just happy for the Savio family."

    "We always said that Stacy and Kathleen had one thing in common ... Drew Peterson," Bosco said.
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    It has Not come soon enough for me.. I hope they slap the whole law book at that sorry piece of s*********.. Oh I cant stand to look or listen to that creep.. He just grossess me out.. Hope you rott in HEELL Drew P.

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    I have an intensely visceral dislike of this AH and was thrilled to see him busted~now maybe his 'runaway' wife will come home and save him?


    I hope his poor kids see what he did to wreck their lives....

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    I hope the State has all it's ducks in a row & can put him away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RICHARD View Post
    I have an intensely visceral dislike of this AH and was thrilled to see him busted~now maybe his 'runaway' wife will come home and save him?


    I hope his poor kids see what he did to wreck their lives....
    AMEN!!! What a sorry excuse for a human being!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by lizbud View Post
    I hope the State has all it's ducks in a row & can put him away.
    What she said.
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    I knew it was only a matter of time before they'd nail him. Death row here he comes!!

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    Well, there is still Stacy Peterson...but nailing him on #3 will really do the job, as long as he gets put away.

    Maybe he'll brag to one of his prison buddies and Stacy's family will have closure, at last.

    Prayers to the families of the missing/deceased.
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    I just finished watching a feature on him on MSNBC. What a cocky, self centered, egotistical s.o.b. How I would like to see someone wipe that smirk off his face. I guess he thinks that since he used to be the law, that he is above it and has out-smarted everyone.
    I hope he will fry. Lethal injection is way too kind a way of putting him to death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pomtzu View Post
    Lethal injection is way too kind a way of putting him to death.
    Agreed. I am hoping that a couple of male inmates will want to make him their love interest.

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    Why not if he is found guilty, we let the families stone him to death?

    In this case I wouldnt object.
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    Why not if he is found guilty, we let the families stone him to death?
    I don't think they would lower themselves to the standards of this murderous slimeball.

    Appropriate thought, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catty1 View Post
    I don't think they would lower themselves to the standards of this murderous slimeball.
    If any of his wives where relatives of mine, a stoning would be to good for him.
    Last edited by blue; 05-09-2009 at 11:17 PM. Reason: Too namy I's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam View Post
    Agreed. I am hoping that a couple of male inmates will want to make him their love interest.
    As always, Pam, great minds think alike..I was going to say that too!
    I think death is too good for him. Being a cop in prison IS a death sentence though. I hope they don't put him in solitary. He's a monster. I found it incomprehensiable that he got engaged again. Is she NUTS!? I can't even find words to describe how I feel.



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    From what Im told, convicted cops are kept segragated from gen pop.
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