Savio’s divorce attorney shows up at grand jury proceedings

Suburban Life Staff Reports

Harry Smith, the Wheaton divorce attorney who represented Kathleen Savio in her divorce with Drew Peterson, was seen Thursday entering the Joliet Court House Annex in which a grand jury convenes to investigate the death of Savio, Peterson’s third wife, and the disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy.

Smith entered the annex at 1:15 p.m. but did not re-appear after several groups of people left the building at 4 p.m.

The Will County state’s attorney’s office did not return phone calls seeking comment.

In early March, Smith told WLS-FM radio show host Roe Conn that Stacy Peterson contacted him days before she disappeared. Smith said he spoke with Stacy on Oct. 24 and Oct. 26 about filing for divorce from Drew.

Smith represented Savio during her divorce with Peterson four years ago.

Savio died in March 2004, and her death, initially ruled an accidental drowning by a six-person coroner’s jury, has been re-opened. Following a second autopsy earlier this year, Savio’s death was ruled a homicide.

Peterson has been named a suspect in the Oct. 28 disappearance of Stacy, although he has not been named a suspect in Savio’s death.

In March, Smith stated publicly Savio told him before her death she felt Drew Peterson would harm her.

Smith also stated publicly Stacy Peterson contacted him within a week of disappearing seeking information on dissolution of marriage.

Drew Peterson has denied any involvement in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance and Savio’s death.


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