Here’s a look at some of the week’s developments and in the Peterson case.
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• On Thursday, April 3, Peterson’s former fiancee and ex-wife both appeared before a Will County grand jury investigating the March 2004 death of Drew Peterson’s third wife and the disappearance of his fourth. Kyle Piry, who was briefly engaged to Peterson in the early 1980s, confirmed she testified Thursday but declined to comment further. Shortly after, Vicki Connolly left the grand jury proceedings but declined to confirm whether she testified. Connolly and Peterson were married for 10 years, starting in 1982. She said she left him when she found out he was having an affair with Kathleen Savio, who would become Peterson’s third wife.
• Family-led search teams scoured a forest preserve in Joliet Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6. About 40 volunteers gathered to search several square miles where the teams found several items, including a cell phone and a set of keys, that were bagged and handed over to Illinois State Police. None of the items are believed to be related to Stacy Peterson’s case.
• The group Friends of Stacy Peterson has put out a call for volunteers interested in helping to search or to plan a May 10 fund raiser at Ditka’s Sports Dome. The event will feature games, free food, beverages and golfing with a ticket purchase. Tickets are available online at http://www.groovetickets.com
• Drew Peterson’s son Stephen, a two-and-a-half year veteran of the Oak Brook Police Department, received an eight-day unpaid suspension Wednesday, April 9, after an Oak Brook Board of Fire and Police Commissioners disciplinary meeting found him guilty of disobeying rules. The charges stated that Stephen Peterson broke department rules when he drove a marked squad car and wore his police uniform to testify in front of the grand jury investigating the disappearance of his father’s fourth wife and the death of his third. Stephen Peterson told the board he was on duty and did not have time to change or switch vehicles. Police Chief Thomas Sheahan said Peterson’s actions brought negative attention to the department and that Peterson has previous disciplinary actions on his record.
• Walter Martineck Jr., a friend of Drew Peterson’s step-brother appeared Thursday, April 10 before a special grand jury investigating the disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife and the death of his third wife. Martineck declined to discuss the appearance but had previously told media outlets that his friend Tom Morphey, Peterson’s step-brother, came to his home the night Stacy Peterson disappeared and told Martineck he believed he had just helped his step-brother dispose of his wife’s body. Morphey allegedly said he helped Drew Peterson move a large blue barrel from the Peterson’s home to his step-brother’s SUV. Martineck said Morphey believed the barrel contained Stacy Peterson’s body because it was warm to the touch.
• Looking ahead, Drew Peterson and his attorney Joel Brodsky will appear on CNN’s Larry King Live show at 8 p.m. Friday, April 10. The pair will also field questions from viewers who call in during the show.
• On Thursday, April 17, a Will County judge is expected make a decision on whether to allow Stephen Peterson to gain possession of 11 firearms that were seized from his father’s house during a Nov. 1 search warrant execution. A previous court decision ordered all items from the seizure be returned but the Illinois State Police revoked Drew Peterson’s firearm owner’s identification card the next day. Drew Peterson’s lawyer Joel Brodsky then asked the court to grant Stephen Peterson permission to take the firearms.
• Also Thursday, April 17, lawyers for Drew Peterson and lawyers for Kathleen Savio’s family are expected to present their first arguments regarding a petition to reopen Savio’s estate. Her family has asked the court to name Savio’s father and brother as executors of the estate in preparation for filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Drew Peterson. Peterson’s uncle is currently listed as executor.
~ Compiled by Danya Hooker, Suburban Life Publications