Drew Peterson - Court Keeps Drew Peterson In Custody

By: Rob Adams
Staff Writer
Published: Jul 22, 2021

Drew Peterson hinted to his stepbrother that he was going to kill his wife.

Drew Peterson remains in custody, pending an appeal. The court has found reason to detain Drew Peterson, and that's where he'll remain. Defense attorneys argued that the lengthy appeal requested by prosecutors denies him the right to a speedy trial.

Peterson will not be getting out of jail soon. The Will County Circuit Judge Stephen White ruled "the court finds compelling reason" to detain Peterson. Even though Peterson's defense attorneys argued that morning that the lengthy appeal requested by prosecutors denies him the right to a speedy trial. Judge White gave no further specifics for keeping Peterson in jail.

The same day, Peterson's stepbrother, Thomas Morphey told the courtroom that Peterson hinted he was going to kill his 4th wife Stacy. He went on to say that he later helped Peterson move a blue barrel that may have contained Stacy's body. This was the third day of the pre-trial hearing to determine what hearsay evidence will be allowed during Peterson's trial on charges, he killed his 3rd wife, Kathleen Savio.

Morphey additionally testified that the day before he helped him move the barrel, Peterson asked him if he loved him enough to kill for him. The stepbrother's statements will be torn apart due to his history of substance abuse and attempted suicide.
Peterson still insists that he is not guilty of the first-degree murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Revealed hearsay statements indicating Drew Peterson killed two of his wives are not reliable enough for a jury to hear at his trial. After presiding over a lengthy hearsay hearing, Judge Stephen White issued a four-page sealed ruling. He ruled prosecutors proved Peterson killed both Kathleen Savio and Stacy Peterson "by a preponderance of the evidence," but nearly all statements attributed to Stacy Peterson "do not provide sufficient safeguards of reliability." Stacy Peterson's statements are crucial to the prosecution's case, since it lacks other evidence.

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