Drew Peterson’s mother and stepfather testified Thursday before a grand jury investigating the death of their son’s third wife and the disappearance of his fourth, according to media reports.
Al and Betty Morphy did not discuss their testimony.
Peterson’s stepbrother Tom Morphey made headlines when he reportedly confided to a friend that he had helped carry a large blue barrel from Peterson’s home to his car on the night his wife Stacy, then 23, disappeared. Morphey’s friend Walter Martineck said a distraught Morphey came to his home after Stacy Peterson went missing and told Martineck he believed he had just helped Peterson move his wife’s body.
Peterson, 54, has been named a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, which police have labeled a possible homicide. The case prompted investigators to revisit the March 2004 drowning of Peterson’s third wife Kathleen Savio. Shortly after Savio’s death, a six-person coroner’s jury ruled the drowning accidental. In February, an independent pathologist for Will County ruled the death a homicide.
Drew Peterson has denied any wrongdoing in either case. He has not been charged with any crime.