Here’s a look at some of the week’s developments in the Peterson case.
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• Drew Peterson made an appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live” show Friday, April 11. Peterson and his attorney Joel Brodsky told viewers that Peterson’s sometimes erratic behavior in the days following his fourth wife’s disappearance was a trained response to distress and despair. Peterson said police officers often make jokes to help deal with traumatic situations and admitted his behavior may have been seen as inappropriate to the general public. Peterson also denied claims that he was abusive and controlling in his relationships. Both Peterson and Brodsky said they still believe Stacy Peterson is alive and left Drew for another man.
•The next day, Saturday, April 12, Stacy Peterson’s friends and family fired back at Drew Peterson’s remarks. Family spokeswoman Pam Bosco said police have ruled out the possibility that Peterson left with another man. Bosco also pointed to an order of protection Drew Peterson’s third wife Kathleen Savio took out against him as proof he had a history of abusive relationships. Stacy Peterson’s sister Cassandra Cales then recounted a series of incidents where she had allegedly seen Drew Peterson lose his temper and become violent with her sister.
• On Thursday, April 17, a Will County judge ordered Savio’s estate reopened, paving the way for her family to prepare for a possible wrongful death lawsuit against Drew Peterson. The judge also appointed an attorney to represent Peterson and Savio’s two teenage sons for the estate hearings. The boys are the main beneficiaries of Savio’s estate. Brodsky asked the judge to appoint the attorney to ensure that any legal action taken by Savio’s family are in the best interest of the children. The judge’s order removed Peterson’s uncle James Carroll as executor of the estate and appointed Savio’s father, Henry, and sister Anna Doman as executors.
• Also Thursday, a Will County judge denied Peterson’s request to let his son Stephen, an Oak Brook police officer, hold onto 11 guns seized Nov. 1 from Peterson’s home. Judge Richard Schoenstedt said Peterson’s right to have control of his property doesn’t outweigh the state’s right to retain possible evidence.
In February, Schoenstedt ordered the guns — along with other seized property — be returned as long as Peterson maintained a firearm owner’s identification card. Peterson’s attorney asked the judge to amend the order when state police revoked the FOID card the day after the order. But without an FOID card, Schoenstedt said, Peterson must show he has an intention to utilize the guns in some way before his property rights can trump the state’s rights.
Brodsky said his client will legally transfer the property to Stephen Peterson and then file another request to have the guns handed over to him. Brodsky filed the original request to have the property returned in December, arguing that the state had more than enough time to conduct all necessary forensic testing on the items.
~Compiled by Danya Hooker, Suburban Life Publications