By Danya Hooker
Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant suspected in his fourth wife’s disappearance, will be in court Monday to hear the conditions he must agree to before getting back his seized property.
His attorney Joel Brodsky will also be in court later Monday for the first hearing on a petition filed by four relatives of Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, to have her estate reopened.
Peterson’s appearance will be his first since Brodsky petitioned to have the items returned in December. Will County judge Richard Schoenstedt in February ordered investigators to return Peterson’s two vehicles and computers.
Schoenstedt also ruled that Peterson could have back 11 guns but state police revoked Peterson’s firearm owner’s identification the next day, rending the order moot.
As part of his decision, Schoenstedt said Peterson would have to agree to a set of conditions. Peterson must agree, for instance, not to challenge the validity of any copies or renderings of his belongings if they are ever presented as evidence at a trial. Schoenstedt is expected to go over those conditions with Peterson on Monday.
Just hours after the property hearing, Brodsky will appear in court for the first hearing on a petition to reopen Peterson’s third wife’s estate.
Savio’s three siblings and father petitioned the court last month to reopen the estate in preparation for a possible wrongful death lawsuit. Drew Peterson’s uncle James B. Carroll was named executor of Savio’s estate following her March 2004 drowning, which was recently ruled a homicide.
Brodsky has said the petition should be thrown out on the grounds that the two-year statute of limitations on filing a wrongful death lawsuit has long-passed.
“Even if it was a homicide, that doesn’t change the statute of limitations,” Brodsky said.
But Savio’s sister Anna Doman said she and her relatives have provided additional evidence that would justify extending the statute of limitations. Doman, along with her father, hopes to be named executor of the estate, in place of Peterson’s uncle.
“We were never able to (file suit) before because we weren’t in control,” Doman said. “He’s (Brodsky) grasping at straws.”