Drew Peterson has been found guilty of 1st Degree Murder in the 2004 murder of his 3rd wife after his 4th wife vanished…
The jury in the murder trial of Drew Peterson, a former Chicago-area police sergeant accused of killing his ex-wife, has reached a verdict after deliberating for nearly 14 hours total.
A jury of seven men and five women have focused on whether Peterson, 58, was responsible for the death of Kathleen Savio, his third wife, who was found dead in her dry, clean bathtub March 1, 2004.
Peterson pleaded not guilty and the defense contended Savio fell accidentally, hit her head and drowned.
Savio’s death was ruled a homicide in February 2008, and Peterson was later arrested and indicted on two charges of first-degree murder. But during Judge Edward Burmila’s instructions to the jury, he told them there was now one count.
Peterson was married to Savio in 2001 when he had an affair with then-17-year-old Stacy Cales, who later became his fourth wife. Savio and Peterson filed for divorce in October 2001 and their relationship remained contentious for the next several years.
At the time of her death, which authorities initially treated as an accident, a court was mulling how the couple’s marital assets would be divided, and Savio was set to receive part of Peterson’s pension and other support.
He faces up to 60 years in prison.
About time they found this piece isht guilty! We just hope the Savio family can finally get some piece of mind knowing their daughter’s killer has been brought to justice.