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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

[IL] Ex Sgt. Peterson sued over death of his 3rd wife Kathleen Savio

3rd wife's family frustrated by delays in investigation
By Erika Slife
April 22, 2009
[Excerpts] Saying they've waited long enough for a grand jury to act, attorneys for the family of Drew Peterson's third wife filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday against the former Bolingbrook police sergeant. A special grand jury has been investigating the death of Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, and the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, since November 2007, and followers of the saga have grown restless. Peterson has not been charged in either case... Peterson, 55, said he was not surprised by the lawsuit. The suit refers to a pastor in whom Stacy Peterson allegedly confided before she disappeared. It details an interview he gave to Fox News in which he said that on the night of Savio's death, Stacy woke up and found Peterson gone. In the morning, the pastor said, Stacy saw Peterson standing in front of the washing machine, dressed in black and holding a bag. Peterson washed the clothes he was wearing and women's clothes that were in the bag, the suit states. He then allegedly told Stacy he hit Savio in the back of the head, making her death look like an accident. "Didn't happen," Peterson said. "Who knows why she said what she said-if she said it." The suit claims that after Peterson and Savio separated, Peterson gained entry to Savio's house by using a garage door opener and, on one occasion, by cutting out a portion of wall that he crawled through. Peterson said the wall-cutting incident happened before the couple filed for divorce. "Did I do it? Yeah. When I was voluntarily leaving the house, it was still my house, Kathleen changed the locks on me," he said. "So instead of breaking down a $400 door, I cut a hole in the wall and squeezed through." It alleges that on the day of Savio's funeral, rather than attend a reception for family and friends, Peterson removed personal property that had not yet been inventoried... [Full article here]

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