Judge denies Drew Peterson’s request to have his property returned

Here’s the latest story from the Bolingbrook Reporter Newspaper. As always, you can find the latest news from the Peterson case on mysuburbanlife.com:

The Illinois State Police can retain several items seized Nov. 1 as part of its investigation into the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, a Will County judge ruled this morning.

Judge Daniel Rozak ruled police can keep the items after attorneys for Drew Peterson, former Bolingbrook police sergeant, filed a motion last week seeking the return of two cars, several guns and other items obtained by investigators after executing a search warrant at the Peterson home, 6 Pheasant Chase Court, Bolingbrook.

Following the motion by Drew Peterson’s attorneys, the state filed a counter motion asking to keep several items it considers pivotal in the investigation.

According to Chuck Pelkie, spokesman for the Will County State’s Attorney’s office, the state has agreed to return several CDs and an iPod seized Nov. 1.

“We are satisfied with the judge’s ruling this morning that we can retain the other items,” Pelkie said.

The state will retain 11 guns and computers seized in the raid, as well as two vehicles — a 2005 GMC Denali SUV and a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Arrangements have been made to return the other items to Drew Peterson, Pelkie said.

Joel Brodsky, an attorney representing Drew Peterson, this morning filed a letter with the courts asking for a special prosecutor to look into possible leaks coming from a grand jury investigating Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

Judge Rozak did not respond to the letter, but did set another hearing for Friday, Jan. 25.

Brodsky could not be reached for comment.

Pelkie said the request by Drew Peterson “is just an attempt by Mr. Brodsky to try and taint the grand jury and its process.”

Over the past month several published reports have identified individuals who have reportedly been questioned by the grand jury, including Drew Peterson’s son, Stephen Peterson, a 28-year-old Oak Brook police officer.

“To suggest any leaks are coming from the grand jury itself is highly speculative,” said Pelkie.