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Witness: Former Ill. Cop Threatened to Kill Wife

Witness: Former Ill. Cop Threatened to Kill Wife

Former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson yells to reporters as he arrives at the Will County Courthouse. (AP Photo)

The AP via YellowBrix

January 19, 2010

JOLIET, Ill. – Former police officer Drew Peterson threw his wife to the floor one night, grabbed her throat and told her he “could kill her there and then,” a one-time co-worker of the wife testified Tuesday at a hearing to determine what evidence can be admitted in Peterson’s murder trial.

Kathleen Savio, Drew Peterson’s third wife, who mysteriously drowned in a bathtub six years ago, essentially is testifying from the grave during the hearing. Witnesses are expected to tell a judge how Savio discussed and wrote about her fears that Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, would kill her.

The hearing, projected to last three weeks, is expected to provide the first detailed look at evidence prosecutors contend ties Peterson to Savio’s 2004 death. It stems from a state law that allows a judge to admit hearsay evidence in first-degree murder cases if prosecutors can prove a defendant killed a witness to prevent him or her from testifying.

Issam Karam, who said he worked with Savio at Parkway Imaging in Romeoville in late 2003, testified that Savio told him she had come home one night looking forward to a bath and glass of wine when Peterson threw her to the floor. Savio said the incident occurred after she had changed the locks to the home.

Karam said Peterson grabbed Savio’s throat and had a knife. Savio showed him a bruise on her arm, Karam said.

“(Peterson) said nothing that she could do would make her safe,” Karam said. “She could not run or hide. He could kill her there and then.”

Another witness, Savio’s boss, testified that a number of times a Bolingbrook squad car was parked in front of her Romeoville business while Savio was inside. Lisa Mordente said that on one occasion, Savio was returning from lunch and approached another vehicle parked outside and spoke to a man inside.

“She was very shaken up when she came back in, her hand was shaking, she had tears, she was a mess,” Mordente said.

Mordente also testified that Savio told her it was Peterson outside and they were fighting over money.

Mordente’s testimony highlighted what is sure to be a key part of the trial _ the fact that Peterson was a police officer. His attorneys have raised questions about why witnesses didn’t notify police if they believed Savio feared Peterson.

  • Dscf2012_max50


    over 4 years ago


    He will do well in Prison.

  • Norris-photo_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The guy is going down I'm sure...and yes, he is slime, but my concern is not about his crime. It bothers me when I see the DA trying to build a case on heresay. We all know how unreliable, biased and embellished third party accounts of what someone else said can be. No, I'm not concerned about Peterson, but what happens when I or you get falsely accused of something through hearsay and the dept (like they always do) decide they are going to "take you down" in a rush to judgment (like they always do) using hearsay? I don't just concerns me that this is a case of manipulating the system to "get" someone who has pissed them off and it is more about THAT than justice for this poor woman and her family. Yes, Mr. Peterson, be sure that your sins will find you out.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Justice will come to this arrogant POS.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    This guy is nothing but a POS! He thinks that because he wore the badge that he can out play the system. Just look at how he acts in front of the cameras. He's milking his 15 minutes of shame for all it's worth.

    He will get what's coming to him in the end.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Hey buddy, you made your own bed and now you have to sleep in it. So, you found out that there are consequences to your actions? He has guns in the house and NOW you are freaked out about it?

  • Draped_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Another embarassment to the uniform..They fal through the cracks every now and then but usually are weeded out before they get this far gone....I agree Retleo should be an interesting trial

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Just another POS who killed 2 of his ex-wives. Dirt nap is in order here.

  • Th_detective_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Peterson has been a media whore and a media baiter from jump street. There are far too many clues here to come to any other conclusion than that he had a hand in what happened to both wives. The trial will be very interesting!

  • 1asteriskshield_ezr_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    He's no LEO!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    He wasn't a LEO, he may have worn the uniform but that was it!

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    I too concur and have believed he was guilty of both right from the start of the disappearance case with wife #4. What an arrogant POS. He is as dirty as they come.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


  • New_dallasswat04_1280x1024_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Wow.. How sad that he was once one of us...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    To bad this is a former cop. He is now just an overly confident nut case!

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