Drew Peterson wants an apology from Illinois police for casting suspicion on him in connection with his fourth wife’s disappearance.
Peterson, who remains in jail on $20 million bond awaiting trial for his third wife’s murder, said in a press release Monday that he believes Stacy Peterson is “still very much alive” and that it was wrong of police to declare her missing and presumed dead. Stacy was last seen in October 2007 and Peterson has denied having anything to do with whatever happened to her.
He has also maintained his innocence in the death of third wife Kathleen Savio, which was ruled an accident in 2004 but was reclassified as a homicide when her body was exhumed after Stacy went missing. His trial has been delayed by disputes over the admissibility of hearsay evidence in that case.
Peterson’s press release pointed to the recent news that Washington mother Judith Bello, who vanished 18 years ago under seemingly suspicious circumstances, called police a few weeks ago to notify them that she was alive and living in California. According to the Daily Herald, authorities determined that she left voluntarily because of marital problems and had not wanted her husband to know where she was.
Joel Brodsky, Peterson’s lead defense attorney, said, “They made it seem like no woman, no mother, would ever just disappear, but as this most recent case shows, it does happen. In fact it happens more than you would think.”
Brodsky blamed the Illinois State Police for creating “a huge cloud of suspicion” over Peterson by stating that Stacy was presumed dead. As a result, Peterson is now demanding an apology.
A state police spokesman declined to comment on Peterson’s request Wednesday.