Drew Peterson Choked Wife: Pal
He said he could make her death look like an accident: witness
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2012 3:00 AM CDT
Former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson leaves leaves a courthouse after his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife Kathleen Savio.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

(Newser) – Former suburban Chicago cop Drew Peterson once choked his wife, and then asked her: "Why don't you just die?" a friend of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, testified yesterday. Peterson is on trial for allegedly killing Savio and trying to make it look like an accidental drowning in her bathtub. Peterson's fourth wife mysteriously vanished from their home after police opened an investigation into the death of Savio.

Savio's pal, Kristen Anderson, also testified that Savio once described how Peterson boasted that he could kill Savio and "make it look like an accident." It was the second day that hearsay testimony from Peterson's late wife was allowed by the judge in the case, reports ABC. There's no physical evidence linking him to her murder. A police officer testified that Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, was very distraught as they questioned her about Savio's death, and that Peterson "corrected" her answers as she spoke, reports AP.
 

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