Drew Peterson Guilty in 3rd Wife's Murder

Ex-cop killed Kathleen Savio: jury
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2012 3:20 PM CDT
Drew Peterson Guilty in 3rd Wife's Murder
In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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 on hearsay and circumstantial evidence, the AP notes. Peterson also remains a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

"I knew it," Savio's brother-in-law told the Chicago Tribune. "Now I can go out there and say he's a murdering bastard. You can print that. You can put it in a headline." Earlier today, the jury asked the judge what "unanimous" meant, which one lawyer thought pointed to a "not guilty" verdict, NBC Chicago reports. (More Drew Peterson stories.)

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