By Danya Hooker
A hearing on two requests to reopen the estate of Drew Peterson’s third wife is set to go before a Will County judge briefly Wednesday morning.
Attorneys for both sides expect the judge to schedule another hearing for Monday, March 17, to give both sides more time to prepare before presenting their petitions and arguments.
Two siblings of Kathleen Savio, Peterson’s third wife who drowned in 2004, filed their petition Jan. 31.
The petition lists several items as evidence to suggest there is new reason to believe Peterson may have been responsible for Savio’s death.
She was found drowned in her Bolingbrook home’s bathtub March 1, 2004. A six-person coroner’s jury ruled the death accidental but authorities exhumed her body in November after Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy disappeared. Several officials have publicly stated Savio’s death may have been a homicide staged to look like an accident.
Drew Peterson has been named a suspect in Stacy’s disappearance and some of Savio’s relative said they have long believed Peterson may have been involved in Savio’s death. He has denied any wrongdoing in either case and has not been charged with a crime.
A Will County grand jury investigating both cases continues to meet every Thursday.
The first petition, filed on behalf of Savio’s siblings Anna Savio Doman and Henry M. Savio, requests that Henry Savio be made executor of the estate and that Savio’s father, Henry J. Savio, not be named executor due to his lack of a relationship with Kathleen Savio before her death.
Peterson’s uncle James Carroll was originally named executor of the estate.
Soon after the first petition, attorney Martin Glink filed a notice of intent to reopen the estate on behalf of Henry J. Savio and Kathleen’s sister Susan Savio Doman.
Glink said he has been in contact with attorneys for Anna Savio Doman and Henry M. Savio to discuss the possibility of filing a joint petition, instead of two separate ones. He said both sides seemed amenable to the option and both seek to lay the groundwork for a wrongful death lawsuit against Drew Peterson.
Joel Brodsky, Peterson’s attorney, said attorneys for both sets of relatives are wasting their time because the two-year statute of limitations on filing a wrongful death lawsuit has long passed.
“This is all hokey,” Brodsky said. “It’s not going anywhere.”
Lawyers for Drew Peterson and Kathleen Savio’s family met briefly Feb. 13 for a hearing to reopen Savio’s estate.
Lawyers from both sides asked the judge to schedule another hearing on March 17 to give them time to prepare their arguments.
The judge granted their request.