Judge sets trial date for Drew
Hearsay hearing ends, murder trial upcoming for Peterson
February 26, 2010
By JOE HOSEY firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Peterson is less than four months away from meeting the men and women who will decide whether he heads to prison for what will surely be the rest of his life.
Judge Stephen White Feb. 23 set a June 14 date for the start of jury selection for Peterson’s murder trial.
Peterson, a 56-year-old former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is charged with drowning his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in March 2004.
Savio and Peterson were in the midst of a contentious divorce when she was found dead in her dry bathtub. She was due to claim hundreds of thousands of dollars of her husband’s assets only weeks after she died.
Despite the financial savings Peterson achieved through Savio dying, and the circumstances of her death, state police investigators quickly determined she accidentally drowned and closed the case.
State police were forced to open it back up after Peterson’s next wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in October 2007.
Peterson claims his fourth wife left him and ran off with an unidentified lover. If Stacy did indeed abscond with a boyfriend, she has managed to keep such a low profile that she not been heard from since.
State police do not buy Peterson’s story of abandonment and have publicly identified him as the sole suspect in what they have termed Stacy’s “potential homicide.” Police have not charged Peterson with harming Stacy.
The state police did arrest Peterson in May for the murder of Savio, and he has remained in jail on a $20 million bond while awaiting his trial, which will commence after a jury is picked.
White said two shifts of 35 potential jurors each will be brought through court when the selection starts.
Attorneys from both sides will have 240 possible jurors to choose from. In August, White had the 240 men and women come to court and fill out questionnaires. He also warned them to avoid information about the Peterson case…
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