Here’s a look at some of the past week’s developments in the Peterson case.
• A Will County judge ordered investigators Wednesday, Feb. 27 to return all items seized from Drew Peterson’s home Nov. 1. Peterson and his attorneys had been battling to have the items — 11 guns, two vehicles and computers — returned, arguing the state has had enough time to conduct all necessary forensic evidence on the possible evidence. The state must return the items within a month provided Peterson appears in court March 17, as ordered, and agrees to a set of stipulations in regaining his possessions.
• Just hours after the judge ordered Peterson’s property be returned, state police informed Peterson that his right to legally possess a firearm in Illinois had been revoked. Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow sent a letter Tuesday, Feb. 26 to Larry Trent, director of Illinois State Police, asking him to revoke Peterson’s firearm owner’s identification. The move renders moot the judge’s earlier ruling to have Peterson’s 11 seized firearms returned. The state will still have to return Peterson’s two vehicles and computers.
• Peterson said he’s prepared for anything, including an arrest and even a lengthy prison sentence, during an appearance on NBC’s Today show Thursday, Feb. 28, the four-month anniversary of his fourth-wife Stacy’s disappearance. Peterson also maintained his belief that Stacy ran off with another man and denied any wrongdoing in either her disappearance or in the March 2004 drowning death of his third wife Kathleen Savio, which officials recently ruled a homicide.
• Looking ahead, the group Friends and Family of Stacy Peterson will hold its first official fundraiser Sunday, March 2, at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. All proceeds from the event will go toward search effort expenses, including lodging, gas, food, and supplies for search volunteers. Activities will include live entertainment, raffles, an auctions. Tickets are available online at www.groovetickets.com for $25 or at the door for $30. Doors open at 1 p.m. Visit www.findstacypeterson.com for more information.