Peterson Disputes New Autopsy

Doc was biased, lawyer says in contentious Today interview
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2007 8:36 AM CST
Peterson Disputes New Autopsy
This undated photo provided by her family shows Stacy Peterson, 23, of Bolingbrook, Ill., and her husband, Drew Peterson, 53, a police officer with the Bolingbrook Police Department. Stacy was reported missing on Oct. 29 and authorities on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, classified the case as a missing person...   (Associated Press)

The doctor who concluded that Drew Peterson's third wife was murdered was a paid Fox commentator with a pre-existing opinion, and his findings were a "self-fulfilling prophecy," Peterson's lawyer told the Today show. Peterson himself sat largely silent during the interview, permitted by his handler to answer only a few questions, reports the Chicago Tribune.

In spite of what Peterson's lawyer termed a "thorough" original autopsy, Kathleen Savio's body was exhumed last week and a former NYC medical examiner reversed the accidental-death finding. When asked if he was worried missing wife Stacy might never return, Peterson said, "I don't know, I have no idea." He added: "Yes, I am. My kids need a mom." (Read more Drew Peterson stories.)

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