Prosecutors Eye Savio Divorce in Peterson Case

Ex-cop risked losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in split
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 15, 2009 9:34 AM CDT
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow and Illinois State Police Capt. Carl Dobrich, center, discuss the murder indictment issued against Drew Peterson in Lockport, Ill., May 7, 2009.    (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Drew Peterson prosecutors are scrutinizing his divorce from Kathleen Savio as they ready their murder case against him, the Chicago Tribune reports. Peterson could have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the pair’s split—but Savio was found dead in a bathtub one month before the trial that would distribute the couples’ holdings, leaving nearly everything in Peterson’s hands, the Tribune notes.

“I'm sure that's what Peterson feared—mostly that she was going to take everything from him,” said Savio’s sister. But Peterson’s lawyer says that’s “a weak motive” for murder because half of Americans get divorced, “so that means almost half the people in America have motive to commit murder.” Meanwhile, Peterson defended his breezy post-arrest demeanor, the AP reports. “There's no book written” on how he was supposed to behave, and he doesn't think it would be better if he had tears in his eyes, Peterson told Matt Lauer on Today.
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