Here’s the recap of the week’s events and a few from last week. After a couple of weeks of little to report, we’re back in the full swing of things with the announcement that Savio’s death was officially ruled a homicide. Read on.
• Attorneys representing Drew Peterson and four members of Kathleen Savio’s family met Feb. 13 in front of a Will County judge for the first hearing on a petition to reopen Savio’s estate. The petition seeks to lay the groundwork for a wrongful death lawsuit against Peterson in the March 2004 drowning death of Savio, his third wife. Lawyers on both sides asked the judge to schedule another hearing Monday, March 17, to give them time to prepare their arguments. The judge agreed and set the date.
• On Friday, Feb. 15, media outlets reported that a man with organized crime connections had been served a subpoena to testify in front of the grand jury investigating Stacy Peterson’s disappearance and Kathleen Savio’s death. Anthony “Bindy” Rock was the subject of a solo narcotics investigation conducted by Drew Peterson that eventually led to Peterson’s firing from the police force. Peterson was later reinstated.
• On Saturday, Feb. 16, police responded to a report of a fight outside Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill in Bolingbrook. Drew Peterson had been at Tailgaters that evening and reports surfaced that he may have been involved in the altercation. Both the bar’s owner and Bolingbrook police refuted those claims, saying Peterson was no longer at the bar at the time of the fight and that he was not in any way involved. Two men were injured in the fight and one woman was arrested. Police did not give a reason for the fight.
• Bolingbrook Village Clerk Carol Penning told participants of the 2008 annual Community Service Council of Northern Will County Benefit Brunch Sunday, Feb. 17, that she believes the missing person case of Stacy Peterson will eventually be resolved. Penning was the latest official to publicly state that they believe, based on conversations with investigators, that Peterson’s case will be solved. Earlier, Bolingbrook Police Chief Ray McGury told reporters that based on the evidence he has seen or heard, he believes Peterson’s family will find the answers they are looking for.
• Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Thursday, Feb. 21, that Kathleen Savio’s March 2004 death has been ruled a homicide. Independent pathologist Dr. Larry Blum conducted the autopsy on Savio’s exhumed body Nov. 13. The autopsy results had been delayed by a round of toxicology tests ordered by Blum in December and have been turned over to the state’s attorney. They will not be made public. Another autopsy performed by well-known pathologist Dr. Michael Baden at the request of Savio’s family led Baden to conclude that her death was a homicide.
• Looking ahead, a Will County judge is expected to hear arguments Wednesday, Feb. 27, from state prosecutors and Drew Peterson’s lawyers on whether the state should return items seized from his home during a Nov. 1 search warrant execution. The items include computers, two cars and 11 guns.
~ Compiled by Danya Hooker, Suburban Life Publications