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Drew Peterson Gets Another 40 Years in Prison

He was sentenced Friday for trying to hire a fellow inmate to kill a prosecutor

(Newser) - Former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson was given an additional 40 years in prison Friday for trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars for killing his third wife, the AP reports. During his sentencing hearing, Peterson told Judge Richard Brown he never wanted... More »

Drew Peterson Planned to Fly to Mexico, Join Cartel

He's on trial for murder-for-hire plot

(Newser) - Drew Peterson is on trial again and his chances of leaving prison before his 100th birthday appear to be growing slimmer by the day. Fellow inmate Antonio Smith testified on Tuesday that he secretly recorded the Illinois ex-cop after convincing him that a plan to kill Will County State's... More »

Drew Peterson Guilty in 3rd Wife's Murder

Ex-cop killed Kathleen Savio: jury

(Newser) - After five years of headlines, the Drew Peterson murder case has come to a verdict: The former Chicago-area police officer is guilty of killing Kathleen Savio, his third wife, the jury says. His maximum sentence would be 60 years. It's a victory for a prosecution that based its arguments... More »

Restaurateur: $100K Reward for Body of Stacy Peterson

Doesn't trust police in Drew Peterson case

(Newser) - A Cincinnati restaurateur and victims' advocate is convinced ex-cop Drew Peterson killed Peterson's missing ex-wife—and he's offering $100,000 to whomever can find her body. "We think somebody knows something but they were afraid to come forward, and $100,000, quite frankly, makes people get a... More »

Drew Peterson Murder Trial Gets Under Way

Former Chicago cop accused of killing his wife

(Newser) - The murder trial of former suburban Chicago police sergeant Drew Peterson began today with dueling explanations of his third wife's death. Prosecutors gave jurors an account that could have come from a 1940s pulp novel, in which a man does whatever he must— including murder—to keep his ex-wife'... More »

Drew Peterson Finally on Trial in Wife's Death

3-year wait ends as 'very unusual' case begins today

(Newser) - A pool of 200 potential jurors has waited three years for the Drew Peterson murder trial to begin; today, jury selection will finally begin in what's set to be a rather unorthodox case. Those selected to hear the case will listen to what is, in effect, posthumous testimony based... More »

Drew Peterson Jury Will Hear of False Alibi

Ex-cop allegedly forced fourth wife to lie for him, says pastor

(Newser) - Bad news for Drew Peterson ahead of his murder trial: A pastor will be allowed to testify that Peterson forced his fourth wife to provide a fake alibi for him the night his third wife was killed, the Chicago Tribune reports. The pastor says Stacy Peterson told him Drew was... More »

New Search for Stacy Peterson Yields Zilch

Cops excavate

(Newser) - Investigators came up empty-handed in their search for Stacy Peterson's body yesterday. Acting on a tip from an inmate who claimed Drew Peterson told him, police excavated a 10-by-10 area of a rural Peoria farm, to no avail. "I don't want to allude to (the idea that) we're looking... More »

Cops May Have Found Stacy Peterson

TMZ says Drew spilled the beans to a fellow inmate

(Newser) - In what might be the mother of all jailhouse confessions, TMZ is reporting that Drew Peterson blabbed to a fellow inmate how he killed missing wife Stacy Peterson, and who his accomplice was. The inmate allegedly told cops, who tracked down the accomplice, who took them to private hunting grounds... More »

Cop's Dead Wife to Testify From 'Beyond the Grave'

Hearsay evidence allowed in Drew Peterson murder hearing

(Newser) - Drew Peterson, the Illinois cop accused of killing one of his wives and suspected in the disappearance of another, gets to hear from his dead third wife today in an evidentiary hearing, reports the AP . An Illinois judge will be evaluating hearsay evidence from the wife he is accused of... More »

Ill. Remains Not Stacy Peterson

Body confirmed to be male

(Newser) - The body found last week near a river in suburban Chicago has been identified as male, the Tribune reports. The discovery confirms the remains are not those of Stacy Peterson or another missing area woman. “We’re disappointed,” said a spokesperson for the family of Peterson, who’s... More »

Peterson Sought to Hire Hitman: Prosecutors

(Newser) - Drew Peterson attempted to pay someone $25,000 to kill his third wife in 2003, a year before she was found drowned in her bathtub, prosecutors alleged today. The disgraced former cop, who has been charged with murdering Kathleen Savio himself, tried and failed today to have his $20 million... More »

Female Body Found Near Peterson Home

Focus on murder suspect's wife, another missing woman

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s infamously bad luck might have just gotten worse: Authorities uncovered a decomposing woman’s body and a mysterious blue barrel near his Illinois home yesterday. If the woman turns to be his fourth wife, Stacy, it could undermine his claim she fled with another man. But the... More »

Peterson Pleads Not Guilty

(Newser) - A defense attorney entered a not-guilty plea today for former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson in the 2004 death of his third wife. Peterson stood silently in court, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit and shackles. He's been in custody since May 7, when he was arrested near his Bolingbrook home... More »

Peterson's Kids Say He's Innocent

Statement from eldest son says children support father

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s adult son says he and his four siblings know their dad’s innocent of murder, the Chicago Tribune reports. “All of the children of Drew Peterson fully support their father and know that he is innocent of the charges against him,” Stephen Peterson said today... More »

Fam of 3rd Wife Sues Peterson for Her Death

Lawyer who won OJ civil suit files before grand jury expires

(Newser) - Sick of waiting for a grand jury to act, Kathleen Savio’s family has filed a wrongful death suit against husband Drew Peterson, the Chicago Tribune reports. The grand jury, which expires next month, has been investigating the death of Savio, Peterson’s third wife, and the disappearance of fourth... More »

Peterson's Stepbrother: I Helped Dump Stacy's Body

Lack of progress spurs witness to go public

(Newser) - When Thomas Morphey helped stepbrother Drew Peterson load a blue barrel into his car, there was no doubt in his mind what was inside: Stacy Peterson’s body. A distraught Morphey tried to kill himself, then turned state’s evidence. But 17 months later, he’s never appeared in court,... More »

Peterson Fiancee, After Bolting, Moves Back In

Father vows to break up daughter, murder suspect

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s latest galpal—who claimed last week their engagement was nothing more than a publicity stunt—has moved back in with the suspected wife killer, the Joliet Herald News reports. The move comes less than two weeks after 24-year-old Christina Raines moved out of Peterson’s house with... More »

Police Help Drew Peterson's Fiancée Move Out

(Newser) - Drew Peterson’s fiancée ended their relationship today and moved out—with a little help from the police, her dad, and Dr. Phil, the Chicago Tribune reports. Christina Raines first called her father for help moving. After arriving with a cameraman from Dr. Phil's show in tow, he called... More »

Drew Peterson: I Wouldn't Trust Me, Either

Murder suspect says he understands fears of fiancée's family

(Newser) - Drew Peterson, divorced from wives No. 1 and 2 and suspected of killing wives No. 3 and 4, understands why the family of would-be wife No. 5 is none too pleased with their engagement, ABC reports. “I would have concerns if I were the friends and family of this... More »

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