The Crimes of Drew Peterson

Background and the Latest Developments

Drew Peterson
Drew Peterson in Prison. Mug Shot

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.

Here are the latest developments in the Drew Peterson case:

Drew Peterson Appealed Denied

Nov. 12, 2015 - An Illinois Appellate Court has turned down an appeal by Drew Peterson of his conviction for murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

"The State argues that Drew Peterson was proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and that his murder conviction should be upheld," a three-judge panel wrote in its ruling.

The ruling means that Peterson's conviction and his 38-year prison sentence will stand. Savio was found dead in her bathtub in 2004 and her death was originally ruled accidental.

Peterson's attorney, Steve Greenberg, said he will appeal the state court's ruling.

"We'll continue to fight on," Greenberg told reporters. "We gave them lots of case law supporting a reversal, and (the opinion) doesn't talk about any of it."

Drew Peterson Wants Wiretaps Tossed

Aug. 27, 2015 - Former cop and convicted wife killer Drew Peterson wants the wiretap evidence the government has against him in his murder-for-hire case thrown out.

Attorneys for Peterson said irregularities and circumstances surrounding the tapes should make them inadmissible in court.

The wiretaps are thought to be the state's strongest evidence in their case against Peterson for solicitation of the murder of Will County prosecutor James Glasgow, who was lead prosecutor in Peterson's trial for killing Kathleen Savio, his third wife.

The nine-page motion asking that the wiretaps be tossed lists several irregularities with the process by which the state obtained a warrant to make the recordings. The defense's main contention is that Glasgow's office and employees were involved in the investigation from the beginning and a special prosecutor should have been appointed instead.

Peterson was originally scheduled to go on trial in the case in July, after he requested a speedy trial, but the trial date was changed to August 28 after the defense said it would not be ready by July. The prosecution did not oppose the delay.

Now, the trial will be delayed again while a hearing will be conducted on the wiretap motion on Tuesday, September 1.

Trial Date Set for Drew Peterson

April 14, 2105 - A trial date has been set for convicted killer Drew Peterson on charges connected with him trying to hire a fellow inmate to kill the prosecutor who was in charge of his murder trial. Circuit Judge Richard Brown set July 6 for the start of the trial.

Peterson, now 61, pleaded not guilty last month to charges he try to get a prison inmate to kill State's Attorney James Glasgow. The name of the other inmate has not been released to the public.

Also, Judge Brown approved a prosecution motion to keep the taped conversations between Peterson and the unidentified inmate sealed until the trial begins, so that potential jurors will not be influenced prior to the trial.

"I just don't feel that it's in the interest of justice that it come out any sooner than it has to," Randolph County State's Attorney Jeremy Walker told reporters. "We're not trying to purposely frustrate the public's rights. But there's a greater importance in making sure we aren't prejudicial to Mr. Peterson's rights."

Other pretrial motions will be considered at a hearing in May.

Peterson Pleads Not Guity to Murder-for-Hire

Mar 3, 2015 - Convicted wife killer and former police officer Drew Peterson has entered a not guilty plea to charges that he tried to hire someone to kill the state's attorney who led the prosecution against him.

Peterson waived his right to a preliminary hearing and requested a speedy trial on charges of soliciting someone to murder Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow. Peterson appeared in Randolph County court in shackles.

Judge Richard Brown granted Peterson's request for a speedy trial, which is expected to begin in July.

Peterson Charged With Soliciting Murder

Feb. 9, 2015 - Convicted wife killer Drew Peterson is now facing charges that he tried to hire a hit man to kill the prosecutor who led his 2012 conviction. Peterson is charged with solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder of Will County State Attorney James Glasgow.

The former Bolingbrook, Illinois policeman is serving a 38-year sentence for the murder of his second wife Kathleen Savio at the Randolph County prison where the new charges were filed against him.

More details of the murder of hire case will surface when Peterson faces a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 3.

Glasgow thanked investigators for their work on the new case.

"It is unfortunate that prosecutors sometimes must deal with allegations of this nature. However, in no way will a threat to my personal safety deter me from the important work I perform as the State’s Attorney on behalf of the citizens of Will County," he said.

Previous 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.

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.