A little more detailed story from Mike Puccinelli, tonight. John Morphey says that when Drew left Tom with the cell phone which rang two times indicating calls from “Stacy” it was at a park, the Remington Lakes Sports Complex, not a coffeehouse. There’s video at the link as well.
Brother Of Witness In Drew Peterson Case Speaks
Mike Puccinelli BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (CBS) ― Feb 23, 2009 10:42 pm US/Central
He may be a key witness in the investigation of Stacy Peterson. On the night she disappeared, Tom Morphey claimed he helped Drew Peterson move a barrel into the former Bolingbrook police sergeant’s truck. The next day, Tom tried to kill himself, but survived. Tom isn’t talking to the media. But his brother John is – only with CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli.
Tom Morphey is the man who says he helped Drew Peterson carry a barrel from his upstairs bedroom into a truck. A barrel that investigators believe contained the body of Stacy Peterson. Tom Morphey has been ordered not to talk by investigators so his brother John is speaking for him.
Puccinelli: “What did your brother tell you about that night and what he did?
John Morphey: “He thought he helped dispose of Stacy’s dead body in a blue barrel.”
That was on October 28, 2007 – the last day Stacy Peterson was seen alive.
Puccinelli: “What made him think Stacy was inside that barrel?
John Morphey: “He said he just knew.”
John Morphey says his brother has no idea where Drew Peterson drove with the barrel.
Puccinelli: “Does your brother think Drew murdered Stacy.
John Morphey: “He doesn’t think – he knows.”
Drew Peterson has been charged with no crime and says he’s innocent. But John Morphey says his brother believes Peterson thought about killing his wife and then did just that.
Puccinelli: “Sources say that Drew had a conversation with your brother where he said Stacy was becoming a problem that he needed to take care of. Did your brother say he had a conversation that went like that?
John Morphey: “Yes.”
Puccinelli: “Can you tell me anything more about it?”
John Morphey: “I wish I could.”
Sources say it was in a Bolingbrook park where a so-called problem conversation took place.
Hours before Tom Morphey says he helped Peterson load the barrel into his truck, John Morphey says his brother was asked by Peterson to hold his cell phone and wait for him in the park. He was instructed not to answer the phone. After waiting a while, the phone rang two separate times indicating Stacy was calling. John Morphey says his brother believes Drew Peterson actually made those calls.
Puccinelli: “Does he think Drew made those calls to cover his tracks?
John Morphey: “I don’t know the answer to that question.”
Puccinelli: “Is it a question you don’t know the answer of or is it a question you can’t answer?”
John Morphey: “I can’t answer it.”
John Morphey says his brother would never have wittingly done anything to harm Stacy. Now he says his brother will do anything to see to it that Drew Peterson is convicted and never released from prison.
Drew Peterson says there is no blue barrel and that Tom Morphey is making the whole story up. Peterson says Morphey has mental and substance abuse issues and wants to make himself into a hero.