After more than 13 hours of deliberations a hold out juror finally changed his mind. He said the deciding factor was the hearsay testimony of fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, that eventually convinced him that Peterson had killed his third wife Kathleen Savio.
It was the sudden disappearance of Stacy Peterson that re-ignited interest in the strange death of Savio, which had been deemed an accident after a botched investigation and a brief coroner’s inquest. Stacy went missing only days after telling several people that her husband had killed Kathleen, something that Savio’s friends and family had long believed to be true.
While an acquittal of the murder charges might have had dire consequences for any hope of charging Peterson with Stacy’s death–her body has never been found despite extensive organized and volunteer searches–a conviction can only strengthen the case against Peterson. After all, her voice was heard at trial because a judge was convinced to a sufficient degree that inability to testify in person was due to the fact that Drew Peterson had made her unavailable to testify. It was only his “forfeiture by wrongdoing” that allowed Stacy to essentially speak for the first time since the morning October 28, 2007, when she last told a friend over the phone that she was feeling too lazy to help out with some house painting and was going to stay in bed a bit longer.
Drew Peterson claims that he heard from her once more, when she called him that night to tell him she had “found someone” and was leaving him. Peterson’s stepbrother, Thomas Morphey, would tell a friend that he was the one holding Drew’s cell phone when that call came in, while he stood alone in a Bolingbrook Park that Drew had dropped him off at, after asking him if he loved him enough to kill for him.
No doubt we’ll be revisiting all the details of that night in the weeks ahead as the State’s Attorney’s office has said, “We are going to aggressively review that case with an eye towards potentially charging it”.
Yesterday we finally saw justice done for Kathleen Savio. Will Stacy Peterson have her day?