Drew Peterson Latest News: Two Counts in Murder of Kathleen Savio
Drew Peterson, a former police sergeant in Bolingbrook, Illinois, was taken into custody in Chicago on Thursday, in connection with the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Drew Peterson Latest News (6:35pm PST)
Drew Peterson was charged with two counts; murder and assault in a manner that is expected to cause death. He is currently being held on $20 million bail.
Prosecutors did not offer many new details in an evening press conference on the day of Drew Peterson's arrest in order to avoid tainting the jury pool. A change of venue request by the defense is expected and prosecutors want to keep Drew Peterson in their jurisdiction.
It was revealed that prior court testimony offered by Kathleen Savio herself may be entered into evidence under new laws in Illinois. Previous statements by Kathleen, as well as letters and journals may now be admissible under changes to hearsay rule exceptions.
“I guess I should have returned those library books,” a cuffed Peterson said as state police led him away.
Peterson has been accused of killing both his third and fourth wives.
His fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing in October 2007.
Following her disappearance, the body of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, was exhumed and underwent forensic investigation.
Stacey Peterson, then 23, vanished Oct. 28, 2007, after reportedly telling her minister that Peterson had confessed to killing Savio in 2004.
Prior to his arrest, Drew Peterson had served for 29 years as a policeman and sargeant in Illinois. He had previously been subject to allegations of misconduct and police brutality.
Savio's brother told NBC Chicago that state police notified him of Peterson's arrest.
"Right now we are ecstatic, we are just so happy. He's being arrested for the murder of my sister, Kathleen." Henry Savio said.
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow is holding an 8:30 p.m. news conference with state police to announce details of the murder indictment.