1974 – Drew Peterson marries his high school sweetheart Carol Hamilton, now Carol Brown, two years after his graduation from Willowbrook High School. Hamilton is three years younger than her husband.
1980 – Drew and Hamilton divorce. They have two sons, Eric and Stephen. Brown later tells Diane Sawyer of “Good Morning America” she did not notice controlling behavior in Drew but that they grew apart when she learned of his extramarital affairs.
1982 – Drew Peterson, 28, marries 23-year-old Victoria Rutkiewicz, now Vicki Connolly.
December 1983 – Toddler Jessica Cales, the youngest child of Christie and Anthony Cales, dies in a Downers Grove house fire.
January 20, 1984 – Stacy Ann Cales is born to Christie and Anthony Cales.
October 1987 -Stacy’s younger sister, Lacy, dies of sudden infant death syndrome.
1992 – Drew and Connolly divorce after she learns of extramarital affairs. By this time, Drew is dating Kathleen Savio. Peterson, 38, and Savio, 28, marry later that year.
March 1998 – Christie Marie Toutges Cales disappears. The last time her family spoke to her, she told them she was on her way to a Blue Island Church.
2001 – Drew Peterson, 47, meets 17-year-old Stacy Cales, a front desk clerk at a Bolingbrook hotel. The two begin dating despite Peterson’s marriage to Kathleen Savio. Both Peterson and Cales worked the overnight shift. Peterson says he began visiting the hotel regularly because his patrol partner had a crush on one of Cales’ co-workers.
Nov. 14, 2002 - In the midst of a bitter divorce, Savio sends a letter to Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Fragale expressing fears that her estranged husband may kill her. By the time the letter was sent, Bolingbrook police had responded to 10 service calls regarding Drew and Savio. Police would respond to eight more calls before Drew and Cales marry in October 2003. Many of the calls involved child custody complaints while others alleged battery of Drew or Cales by Savio and vice versa.
July 2003 - Peterson and Cales have their first child together, Anthony. Peterson and Savio are still embroiled in their bitter divorce at the time of Anthony’s birth. Savio’s attorney Harry Smith later tells reporters that his client eventually agreed to a “bifurcated” divorce so that Cales could be accepted under Peterson’s health insurance when the couple married.
Oct. 10 – After months of legal disputes, Drew and Savio divorce. Issues remain unresolved with regard to the distribution of marital assets. Savio retains custody of their two children, Thomas and Kristopher, who spend weekends with their father.
October 2003 – Drew, 49, and Stacy, 19, marry. Stacy’s sister, far left, and Drew’s son Stephen, far right, both attended the wedding. In this photo, Drew is holding his son Anthony.
Drew’s timeline for last weekend of February (As published in Drew Peterson Exposed)
- Feb. 27 – Drew picks up Tom and Kris from Savio’s home. He spends the rest of the night at home with Stacy and his children.
- Feb. 28 – Drew spends the day at home with his family, including his adult son Stephen.
- Feb. 29 – Drew, Stacy and the children go to the Shedd Aquarium before attempting to return Tom and Kris at about 8 p.m. Savio does not answer the door or her phone.
- March 1 – Drew calls and leaves messages for Savio throughout the day but does not get a response. He goes to work at 5 p.m. and goes to Savio’s house at 7 p.m. He summons Savio’s neighbors, Mary Ponterelli and Steve Carcerano, and a locksmith to gain entry to Savio’s home. Ponterelli and Carcerano enter the home while Peterson waits outside. Peterson runs into the house when he hears the neighbors scream.
Mid-March – Peterson produces a hand-written will dated March 2, 1997, signed by himself and Savio. In the will, each leaves all their assets to each other. The will’s validity is later called into question after reports that Savio’s divorce attorney said his client had told him she did not have a will.
March 20, 2004 – Dr. Bryan Mitchell, with the Will County coroner’s office, releases an autopsy report, saying the cause of Savio’s death was accidental drowning. Mitchell notes that Savio’s hair was soaked with blood from an inch-long laceration on her scalp, her tongue was partially clenched between her teeth, and she had several small abrasions on her body.
April 2004 – April 2004 Sharon and Bob Bychowski move into their new home at 5 Pheasant Chase Court. Sharon makes friends with her new next-door neighbor, Stacy.
May 7, 2004 – A six-person coroner’s jury rules the manner of Savio’s death an accident. While testifying at the hearing, an Illinois State Police agent tells the jury that investigators found no reason to suspect a homicide. Savio’s family also testifies, telling the jury that Savio feared her ex-husband, who now stood to financially benefit from Savio’s death. No charges were filed in the case.
January 2005 – Stacy and Drew have their second child together, Lacy.
September 2006 – Stacy’s half-sister, Tina Ryan, dies of colon cancer at the age of 31. Family members say Stacy was devastated by the death. Drew says his wife hit a period of depression after the death and their marriage began to get rocky.
Mid-October 2007 - Stacy’s aunt, Candace Aikin, of El Monte, Calif., visits her niece for the last time. Although Stacy had previously mentioned a desire to leave her marriage, according to Aikin, Stacy was seriously considering the option during Aikin’s visit.
Oct. 26, 2007 – Stacy tells her husband she wants a divorce and tells family she fears for her life, according to family members.
Oct. 27 2007 – Cassandra Cales leaves Stacy Peterson’s home at about 11:30 p.m. with plans to meet at 10 a.m. the next morning to paint a house.
Oct. 28 2007 – 23-year-old Stacy Peterson disappears.
Drew’s timeline (As published in Drew Peterson Exposed)
- 5:30-6 a.m. – Drew returns home from his night shift. Before he goes to bed, Stacy tells him she is going to visit her grandfather in the morning.
- 10-11 a.m. – The children wake Drew up and he notices that Stacy is not home.
- Noon-1 p.m. – Drew home with children.
- 1-1:30 p.m. – Drew runs Sunday errands while Tom and Kris watch Anthony and Lacy.
- 2 p.m. – Drew calls in to request the night off because he has accumulated sick time he could use before his December retirement.
- 3:15 p.m. – Tom’s school friends pick him for a band concert.
- 6 p.m. – Drew takes the three other children to McDonald’s.
- 7: 30 p.m. – Drew and the children return home.
- 8 p.m. – Tom returns from band concert.
- 9 p.m. – Drew is at home when he receives a call from Stacy informing him she is leaving with another man.
- 9:15 p.m. – Drew leaves to go look for Stacy.
- 11-11:30 p.m. – Drew returns home as Cassandra Cales calls him looking for her sister. Drew tells her Stacy had left him and took clothes, money and her passport.
- 11:45 p.m. – Drew walks to the airport to drive Stacy’s car back home.
- Midnight – Drew goes to bed.
- 2:30 a.m. – Bolingbrook police call Drew to inform him that Cassandra Cales has filed a missing persons report for Stacy.
Timeline established through accounts by Stacy’s friends and family.
- 9:40 a.m. – Peterson neighbor Sharon Bychowski leaves her home to go to the grocery store and notes seeing both of the Petersons’ vehicle in their driveway.
- 10:15 a.m. – A friend calls Stacy Peterson about painting the house that day. Peterson, still in bed, says she will meet to paint the house later.
- 11:55 a.m. – Bychowski returns from the grocery store and says she saw only one of the vehicles in the Peterson driveway. Bychowski calls next door to see if the Peterson children want to come over for suckers. She asks for Stacy when one of the children answers the phone and Drew Peterson tells her his wife went to visit her grandfather.
- 1 p.m. – Drew Peterson brings the children over to Bychowski’s home and tells her he has an errand to run. He returns in about 15 minutes. He later calls the Bolingbrook Police Department to request the day off, according to Lt. Ken Teppel. His shift was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. By mid-afternoon, Bychowski and Cales have tried reaching Stacy Peterson. The calls went straight to voice mail, which was unusual, Bychowski said, because Peterson always left her phone on.
- 9 p.m. – Drew Peterson says Stacy called him to tell him she was leaving him for another man.
- 11 p.m. – Cales goes to Peterson’s home and does not see either vehicle in the driveway. One of Peterson’s children opens the door and tells Cales he is home alone with his three siblings and that Stacy and Drew had gotten into a fight. He said Stacy Peterson had left the house and Drew went out to look for her.
- 11:15 p.m. – Cales calls Drew Peterson and asks for Stacy. Cales hears shuffling and keys going into the ignition. Peterson tells Cales he’s at home and had been out looking for his wife.
- 11:45 p.m. – Cales goes to the Downers Grove Police Department to file a missing person report. The police tell her she has to file the report in Bolingbrook.
- 1 a.m. – Cales goes to the Bolingbrook Police Department to file a missing persons report.
- 2:30 a.m. – Cales returns to Peterson’s home and sees both cars in the driveway. Cales’ friend calls Drew Peterson and asks him where Stacy is at. Peterson said his wife left him, took money and left her car at Clow International Airport.
- 3-4 a.m. – Cales files a missing persons report with Illinois State Police.
A Tom Morphey Timeline.
Compiled using public statements by Tom Morphey and his friend Walter Martinek
- October 27:
- Drew Peterson shows up at Thomas Morphey’s home, ostensibly to take him to a nearby Meijer store to interview for job. Instead Peterson drives Morphey to the Remington Lakes park.
- Peterson begins to discuss Stacy with Morphey. Peterson says that Stacy is cheating on him and states he has to take care of the problem. He asks Morphey if he loves him enough to kill for him. Morphey says that he loves him but that he couldn’t live with himself if he killed someone. Drew asks if he could live with knowing about it. Morphey says he could – that he always assumed Drew had killed Kathleen.
- Peterson drives him to storage facility where Morphey attempts to rent a unit, but lacks the required State ID.
- Peterson drives Morphey home.
- A few hours later Morphey calls Peterson and says he can’t be involved in Peterson’s plan. Peterson says he can respect that.
- October 28:
- Peterson shows up at Morphey’s home. They get coffee at a Starbucks drive-through and then Peterson drives him to a park off Weber Road.
- Peterson hands Morphey a cell phone, instructing him not to answer it.
- After 45 minutes the phone rings a few times, displaying “Stacy” as the caller.
- One of the times that the phone rang (9:07 p.m.) it was “pocket answered” and the call lasted a few minutes.
- Within an hour of the calls Peterson returns to the park and picks up Morphey. He asks Morphey to help him move something.
- They drive to Peterson’s house where the childrens’ bedroom doors are closed and Peterson tells him to be quiet. Peterson pushes a blue container out of his bedroom. Morphey helps Peterson carry the container down the stairs, out of the house and into the Denali.
- At some point Peterson gives Morphey some money.
- Peterson then drives Morphey home and tells him “This never happened.”
- Shortly before 10:00 Morphey visits his friend, Walter Martinek and tells him that he thinks he has just helped dispose of Stacy’s body.
- October 29:
- Morphey speaks to Peterson on the phone and tells him that he wants to hang himself. Peterson tells him not to worry.
- That night Morphey begins drinking and calls a brother who advises him to speak to the FBI. Morphey hangs up and overdoses on prescription pills. The brother calls 911. Morphey is taken to the Edward Hospital in Naperville.
- October 30:
- Peterson shows up at Morphey’s house. Morphey’s girlfriend answers the door. She tells him about Morphey’s suicide attempt. Peterson drives to the hospital and speaks with Morphey.(Morphey doesn’t recollect the visit very well.)
- Martineck arrives at Morphey’s house and drives Sheryl Alcox (Morphey’s girlfriend) to District 5 State Police Headquarters in Crest Hill
- State police show up at the hospital after Peterson leaves.
- October 31:
- Tom Morphey is offered an immunity deal by Will County State’s Attorney, James Glasgow
- ISP record a phone call from Peterson to Morphey in which Peterson orders Morphey not to talk to the press or the police, and warns him about discussing things on the phone.
Oct. 29 2007Cassandra files a missing persons report with Illinois State Police early in the morning after attempting to reach her sister the day before. Later, Illinois State Police interview Drew regarding his wife’s disappearance. They ask to look at both of his vehicles. He allows access to the GMC Denali but not the Pontiac Grand Prix. The massive search for any evidence of Stacy’s whereabouts begins.
Oct. 30 2007 – Drew visits his step-brother, Tom Morphey, in the hospital after an apparent suicide attempt. Reports later indicate that Morphey confessed to a friend he believed he had helped Drew dispose of Stacy’s body the night she disappeared. The friend, Walter Martineck, said Morphey came to his home shortly after the alleged incident and was distraught. Morphey, according to Martineck, said Drew called him over to his house Oct. 28 and the two carried a large container from the bedroom to Drew’s sport utility vehicle. Morphey told Martineck he believed Stacy’s body may have been in the container because it weighed about the same as the young woman and was warm to the touch.
Nov. 1 2007 – Police execute a search warrant on Drew’s home. The warrant allows police to search Drew’s home and the family’s two vehicles. Drew reports that computers and his firearms were seized. Authorities announce they are looking into the 2004 records of Savio’s death.
Nov. 7 2007 – Drew appears before a Will County grand jury and exercises his 5th Amendment right.
Nov. 9 2007 – State police, for the first time, label Drew a suspect in Stacy’s disappearance. A judge orders the exhumation of Savio’s body from Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. The exhumation petition states that the one-inch gash on the back of Savio’s head would not have been enough to render her unconscious and cause her to drown. The petition also questions the blood pattern in the tub, arguing that it was not consistent with water slowly draining from the tub the way investigators in 2004 assumed it had. Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow publicly states that crime scene evidence of Savio’s death appears to show her death may have been staged to look like an accident. Glasgow was not in office at the time of her death. Bolingbrook police also announce that they have suspended Drew without pay, pending an unrelated internal-affairs investigation.
Nov. 12 2007 – Drew hands in his letter of resignation to the Bolingbrook Police Department, just shy of his 30th anniversary with the department, and one day before he was supposed to meet with internal-affairs investigators. Originally, then-Bolingbrook Police Chief Ray McGury refused to accept the resignation and filed a complaint against Drew with the Fire and Police Commission, alleging serious job-related violations. The commission later says it has no choice but to accept the resignation, leaving Drew out of the commission’s jurisdiction regarding the internal investigation. Drew retires with more than $72,000 annually in pension benefits.
Nov. 13 2007 – Savio’s body is exhumed. Later, two forensic pathologists, one at the request of Savio’s family and one on behalf of Will County, perform separate autopsies.
Nov. 16 2007 – Dr. Michael Baden, former chief medical examiner of New York City, who performed an autopsy on Kathleen Savio’s exhumed body at the request of her family, tells Fox News host Greta Van Susteren he believes Savio’s death was a homicide.
Dec. 10 2007- Planfield minister the Rev. Neil Schori tells Fox’s Greta Van Susteren that Stacy told him in August that her husband admitted to killing Savio. Schori had been counseling Stacy prior to her disappearance. Schori says he waited until after Stacy’s disappearance to go to police because Stacy was afraid for her safety and requested the conversation stay private.
Dec. 17 2007- A Will County judge denies part of Drew Peterson’s request to have property seized by police during searches returned to him. The judge allows Peterson to regain possession of music CDs, an iPod and other items but says other property, such as two vehicles and 11 guns must remain with the state for now.
Jan. 21, 2008 – Stacy Peterson’s 24th birthday is celebrated by friends and family at a Bolingbrook church.
Jan. 31 2008Savio’s siblings, Anna Doman and Henry Martin Savio, file a petition to reopen Savio’s estate and to have James Carroll, Drew’s uncle, removed as executor of the estate. Two other family members later file a similar petition.
Feb. 21 2008 – Dr. Larry Blum, an independent pathologist who performed the other autopsy on Savio, rules her death a homicide.
March 28 2008 – Volunteers renew their search for Stacy Peterson after being forced to halt them over the winter.
April 17 2008 – A Will County judge grants a request by Savio’s family to have her estate reopened in preparation for a possible wrongful death lawsuit against Drew. The judge removes James Carroll as executor of the estate and names Savio’s father and sister executors of any new assets that enter the estate.
April 30 2008 – Drew announces he is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of his wife.
May 21 2008 – Drew is arrested for possession of an illegal weapon. The charge alleges that Drew owned an AR-15 assault rifle that was too short under state law. The state later adds an additional felony charge, alleging that Drew illegally transferred the weapon to his son, Stephen, an Oak Brook police officer. Drew’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, says the weapon was Drew’s secondary duty weapon for his service on the swat team and therefore exempt from state gun laws.
July 14 2008 – Drew pleads not guilty to two felony weapons violations.
July 21 2008 – Two of Drew’s former friends, Len Wawczak and Paula Stark, publicly state they wore police-issued wired taps for months to secretly record private conversations with Drew. Wawczak and Stark claim the content of the recorded conversations contains damaging information about Drew. Brodsky and Drew dismiss the allegations as a money-making scheme.
Sept. 19 2008- A Will County judge confirms that Drew was under surveillance but does not indicate what type of surveillance occurred or how long it lasted.
Oct. 1 - Results of two lie detector tests are published in a book. Test indicates Drew showed deception when answering three questions regarding his wife’s disappearance. Peterson did not show deception when he said he had not harmed his wife and did not have any involvement in his ex-wife’s death.
October 28, 2008 – One year anniversary since Stacy Peterson disappeared from her suburban Chicago home. Peterson says, through his publicist, that the anniversary is “just another day of her being away.”
November 13, 2008 – Defense lawyers say Peterson felony charge unfair; Attorneys want internal documents released
November 17, 2008 – An attorney for Drew Peterson says the former Bolingbrook police sergeant whose wife disappeared a year ago has met with a prominent divorce attorney.
November 20, 2008 – Illinois House votes to allow hearsay statute. Overwhelmingly approved by the Illinois House.
Gun charges dropped against Drew Peterson after Will County prosecutors refuse to hand over internal documents leading to their decision to arrest him.
December, 2008 – James Glasgow says he is confident 2009 will bring new information that will help investigators find out what happened to either Savio or Stacy Peterson — or both.
December 17, 2008 – Prosecutors filed an appeal to Judge Richard Schoenstedt’s order to dismiss the weapons case.
Drew Peterson reported to be engaged to 23 year old Christina Raines.
January, 2009 – Christina Raines and her children move into Drew Peterson’s home. Drew does Nightline interview; Raines breaks engagement.
February, 2009 – Christina Raines says engagement was a stunt. Drew Peterson later refutes her claim that their engagement was staged. On February 13, Peterson and Raines give joint interview on MSNBC Today Show.
March, 2009. The Sun-Times reports that Thomas Morphey has an immunity deal with prosecutors. Morphey gives interview with the Sun-Times about trying to kill himself and thinking he helped Peterson dispose of Stacy’s body. Also gives interview on Good Morning America (3/15)
April 1, 2009 - Drew Peterson calls into a radio show stating that he has a confession to make, then proceeds to plug a sports bar owned by Joe Brodsky.
April 24, 2009 – Drew Peterson’s teenage son, Thomas, comes to his defense in a televised interview, saying he doesn’t believe his dad murdered his mother, Kathleen.
May 7, 2009 – Drew Peterson is arrested and charged with two counts of murder in the death of Kathleen Savio.
Stephen, Peterson’s adult son, says dad is no killer and they’re praying for his release from jail.
May 14, 2009 – Wawczak, Stark, Morphey and Robinson appear before the Grand Jury investigating the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.
May 18, 2009 – Peterson pleads not guilty at arraignment; prosecution seeks judge substitution. Peterson remains held on a $20 million bond. Grand Jury wraps up its investigation in the Savio and Stacy Peterson matters.
May 22, 2009 – Hearing to reduce bond before Judge Alessio-Policandriotes; denied. SA Glasow reveals Peterson attempted to hire hitman to murder Kathleen Savio.
May 28, 2009 – Mock trial of closing arguments held in the prosecution of Drew Peterson for the death of Kathleen Savio, ending in hung jury.
June 1, 2009 – Defense requests change in Judge; Will County Chief Judge Gerald Kinney assigned the case to Circuit Judge Stephen White; Judge White hears the prosecution’s motion to seal discovery filings and an anticipated objection to the state’s motion by the defense
June 3, 2009 – Judge issues gag order; ordered that all attorneys in the case must notify him and the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of any interviews and send copies of press releases; Judge White sets an Aug. 24 trial date
June 25, 2009 – Peterson lawyers request help in going through the discovery documents turned over by the State, and “CliffNotes” type breakdown of their case. Judge denies all requests, except for the State’s timeline of Savio death, and a reduction in the main witness list.
July 14, 2009 – Peterson waives right to speedy trial
July 30, 2009 – Peterson defense attorneys file motion for change of venue
August 10, 2009 – Peterson defense attorneys file a motion challenging the constitutionality of a new state law, asking Judge White to declare unconstitutional
August 14, 2009 – Judge White polls 240 potential jurors in response to defense’s argument for change of venue and admonishes them to avoid all publicity related to the case.
August 17, 2009 – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan files request to intervene in the hearsay matter.
August 18, 2009 – Peterson defense adds recent law school graduates and law school students to team in an effort to sift through extensive discovery documents.
October 2, 2009 – Judge White rules against defense regarding two motions, constitutionality of hearsay law and moving trial outside of Will County.
October 9, 2009 – Lisa Ward, stepdaughter of Peterson, appears on GMA and says Peterson physically and mentally abused her, and that she was co-authoring a book about the ten years of living with him while her mother and he were married.
October 14, 2009 – Judge in Savio wrongful death civil case rules it can proceed; Peterson lawyer, Brodsky, says in interview that Judge indicated Peterson can take the Fifth in answering questions
November 11, 2009 – Peterson defense announces that Drew is offering his house to be rented during his trial. Attorney, Walter Maksym contacts auctioneer but generates no interest.
November 26, 2009 – Prosecutors file a motion to bar author Derek Armstrong from invoking journalistic privilege in regards to his taped interviews with Peterson and Grand Jury testimony.
December 14, 2009 – Lawyer for Craig Stebic, George Lenard joins the Peterson defense team.
December 28, 2009 – Judge White sets January 19 as the beginning of a “mini-trial” in which hearsay testimony and evidence will be presented, so that he can determine what should be admitted to trial.
January 4, 2010 – The defense files a motion to bar the public and press from the “mini-trial” hearings, saying inadmissible hearsay may be heard by jurors.
January 8, 2010 – Attorneys for the Sun-Times, AP and Tribune company file motion asking to keep the January 19 hearing open. Judge White rules that the hearings will be open to public and press.
January 19, 2010 through February 19, 2010- – Hearsay hearings commence. The State calls 68 witnesses, and a rebuttal witness. The defense calls two witnesses. Closing arguments conclude on February 19. Judge White seals his decision.
April 2010 – Attorneys Andrew Abood and George Lenard file motions to withdraw from Drew Peterson’s defense citing “irreconcilable differences with defense counsel Joel Brodsky”.
June 4, & June 5, 2010 – Search for Stacy Peterson outside of Peoria, Ill.
July 8, 2010 – Motion to release Drew Peterson is denied. Peterson remains in jail on a $20 million bond as the prosecution appeals the judge’s ruling on hearsay evidence.
July 2010 – Judge White’s sealed ruling on the hearsay statements is leaked to the media. No one takes responsibility for the leak.
August 2010 – ISP conducts a search for the remains of Stacy Peterson near Galeburg, Illinois but nothing is discovered.
September 10, 2010 – Peterson’s suit against JPMorgan Chase Bank is dismissed. Chase asks to recover court costs.
September 27, 2010 – Reem Odeh withdraws from the Peterson defense team citing “irreconcilable differences with defense counsel Joel Brodsky.”
October 1, 2010 – Weapons charges against Drew Peterson are dismissed.
October 4, 2010 - Judge Stephen White retires.
January, 2011 – Drew Peterson and Kathleen Savio’s son, Tom, turns eighteen and asks to be released from the civil suit filed on his behalf by the Savio family.
February 16, 2011- The Illinois Appellate Court hears oral arguments on evidence in the Peterson murder case. It marks the first time an appellate court hearing is broadcast live on TV.
February 19, 2011- Oak Brook officials dismiss police officer Stephen Peterson for obstructing an investigation into the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.
April 2011 – A friend of Drew Peterson, Diana Grandel, goes public with letters from Drew Peterson. In one of them he offers her clothing and items belonging to Stacy Peterson.
June 2011 – Drew Peterson petitions to be released from jail pending a decision on hearsay testimony to be admitted at his trial but is once more denied.
July 2011 – Peterson’s legal team files to hault the production of a Lifetime movie based on Joe Hosey’s book, Fatal Vows.
August 2011 – The prosecution files a petition for leave to appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court. Peterson’s legal team again asks for his release pending that decision but is once more denied.
September 2011 – One of Drew Peterson’s attorneys, Walter Maksym, is asked to step down as Peterson’s legal representative after being reprimanded by a federal appeals court.
November 2011 – The Illinois Supreme Court orders the appellate court to reconsider whether eight (out of fourteen) barred hearsay statements should be allowed in Drew Peterson’s trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
January 2012 – Lifetime network premieres the made-for-TV film, Drew Peterson: Untouchable, Starring Rob Lowe as Drew Peterson.
May 2012 – Judge Edward Burmila is assigned to Drew Peterson’s murder case.
May 17, 2012 – At a pre-trial hearing, Peterson’s trial date wis set for July 23, 2012.
July 23-24, 2012 – A jury of seven men and five women is selected for Peterson’s murder trial.
July 31, 2012 – Opening statements in the trial of the People v. Drew Peterson are presented. The trial is in progress.
September 6, 2012 – Jury finds Drew Peterson guilty of first degree murder.
October, 2012 – Attorney Joel Brodsky withdraws from Drew Peterson defense team. Attorneys David Peilet and John Heiderscheidt join the defense team.
November 5, 2012 – FBI and ISP investigators begin to search the Hammel Woods in Shorewood, IL for evidence in the Stacy Peterson disappearance.
November 6, 2012 – An opinion is handed down in Stephen Peterson’s federal lawsuit dismissing his claims of a violation of due process in his termination from the Oak Brook police force.
December 14, 2012 – Drew Peterson’s defense file a motion for acquittal on his behalf claiming ineffective assistance of counsel and conflict of interest on the part of his former attorney, Joel Brodsky.
January 10, 2013 – The dates of February 19 and 20th are set to hear post-verdict motions and Drew Peterson’s sentencing hearing.
January 25, 2013 – The financial records of Joel Brodsky and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are subpoenaed. Joel Brodsky files a motion to quash the subpoena but complies after Drew Peterson writes a letter giving his permission.
February 21, 2013 – Peterson’s motion for a new trial is denied and after Savio’s family members read victim impact statements, Drew Peterson takes the stand and shouts, “I did not kill Kathleen”, then delivers a long, self-pitying statement. He is then sentenced to 38 years in prison for the murder of Kathleen Savio.
February, 28, 2013 – Drew Peterson is transferred to Menard Correctional Facility to serve out his sentence.
March 6, 2013 – The Illinois Appellate Defender’s office is appointed to work on an appeal to Drew Peterson’s conviction. His motion for a shorter sentence is denied.
July 4, 2013 – Attorneys Steve Greenberg, John Heiderscheidt and David Peilet are rehired by Peterson to work on his appeal which they say will be filed within 90 days.
December 13, 2013 – The Illinois Second Appellate District upholds the decision of the circuit court rejecting Stephen Peterson’s claim that he was wrongfully dismissed from the Oak Park police force.
January 13, 2014 – Peterson Attorneys file appeal of Drew Peterson’s murder conviction and send a copy of the 55-page document to the Associated Press.