By Danya Hooker
Drew Peterson’s teenage son by Kathleen Savio testified before the grand jury Thursday.
Dressed in a suit and tie, Thomas Peterson, 15, left the Will County Court Annex building at about 4:15 p.m. in a red Mercedes driven by his attorney Robert Novelle.
Although the boy was not available to speak to reporters, his father lambasted authorities for putting a teen through the grand jury process.
“That’s grueling for an adult let alone a 15-year-old kid,” Drew Peterson said shortly after his son returned home from hours of testimony in front of the grand jury investigating his mom’s death and his step-mom’s disappearance.
Peterson said he hired Novelle to represent his two teen sons to “protect them from the state police.”
Police interviewed both boys in November at the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center. Peterson said he had brokered a deal with the state to allow the interviews in return for a promise to keep them out of the grand jury process.
“Well, they lied,” Peterson said.
Shortly after the testimony, police subpoenaed both boys to testify before the grand jury. Novelle then filed a motion to quash the subpoenas served to Thomas Peterson and his brother Kristopher, 13.
Drew Peterson said he’s sure Kristopher will also have to testify but said he did not know when.
This was the first appearance either boy made in front of the grand jury investigating the March 2004 drowning of their mother Kathleen Savio and the Oct. 28 disappearance of their father’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
Drew Peterson has been named a suspect in the disappearance, which police are calling a potential homicide. Authorities recently reclassified Savio’s death as a homicide but have yet to name a suspect.
Peterson has maintained his innocence and has not been charged with a crime in either case.