Jury Convicts Drew Peterson of 3rd Wife’s Death

September 06, 2012

A jury has convicted former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson of murdering his third wife. 

Jurors returned with a guilty verdict against Drew Peterson on Thursday in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio.

The 58-year-old Peterson faces a maximum 60-year prison term.

Savio's body was found in her bathtub in 2004. Authorities initially ruled the 40-year-old died accidentally. Her death was reclassified after Peterson's 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007.

Authorities presume Stacy Peterson is dead, though her body has never been found. Drew Peterson is a suspect but has not been charged in her disappearance.

As authorities investigated what happened to the women, Drew Peterson gained a national reputation as unsavory and tactless, often cracking off-color jokes about the case.

UPDATE:  The prosecutor in Peterson's murder trial now says his office will take another look at the disappearance of the former police officer's fourth wife to determine if they feel confident enough to bring new charges against Peterson.

Peterson was convicted Thursday  in a case based mainly on secondhand hearsay statements.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow says his office will assess Stacy Peterson's disappearance "as it stands today'' and proceed with charges if they feel confident there's a case.

Drew Peterson has been a suspect in his fourth wife's disappearance, but hasn't been charged.

Story source: AP