Here’s a look at some of the week’s developments and in the Peterson case.
• Drew Peterson made his first court appearance Monday in his four-month battle to get back property police seized while carrying out a Nov. 1 search warrant. A Will County judge had recently ordered the property, two vehicles, computers and 11 guns, be returned. Peterson appeared in court to sign an agreement not to challenge the validity of any photographs or hard drive copies in the event they are used as possible evidence in a trial. Peterson picked up his vehicles Tuesday morning and will have the computers within two weeks.
Peterson’s attorney Joel Brodsky asked the judge to allow the former Bolingbrook police sergeant’s older son, who’s also an police officer, to take possession of the guns. The judge had previously ordered police to return the guns on the condition Peterson maintain a valid firearms owners identification card. State police revoked his FOID the next day. The judge will make a ruling on Brodsky’s request on March 25.
• Also Monday, attorneys for Peterson and for several members of Kathleen Savio’s family met in court to present their first motions in a petition to re-open Savio’s estate. Several of Savio’s siblings and her father are asking the court to re-open the estate in preparation for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Brodsky asked the Will County judge to dismiss the petition on the grounds that the two-year statute of limitations on filing a wrongful death lawsuit has passed.
• Shortly after Peterson picked up his vehicles from Illinois State Police Tuesday, his neighbor Sharon Bychowski called police to file a complaint against him after he used a garage door opener he found in one of his cars to open Bychowski’s garage.
Peterson’s attorney Joel Brodsky said his client found three openers in the vehicle when he brought it home and was testing to see which one worked when one inadvertently opened his neighbor’s door. Bychowski asked for the opener back and said Peterson refused.
• Brodsky also asked the FBI to look into possible harassment against his client from Bychowski and her son Roy Taylor. Brodsky said certain postings on the FindStacyPeterson.com forum, including a call to boycott one of Peterson’s local hangouts, are meant purely to annoy and harass Peterson. Brodsky also blasted Bychowski for several “Where is Stacy” posters hung up in her home’s windows and yard. Some of the posters face the home of Peterson, who claims the signs are detrimental to his children.
• On Wednesday, state police asked Peterson’s former friend Ric Mims to identify a gun as belonging to Peterson, according to reports by the Chicago Tribune. Police had recently recovered the gun after seizing 11 others during a November search Peterson’s home. Mims told police that Peterson showed him the gun the night of the search but police apparently missed. Police also asked him to identify a .357-calibur pistol but Mims said he was unable to say for sure whether it was Peterson’s.