CHICAGO (CBS) — An Illinois appeals court has affirmed former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson’s conviction and prison sentence in the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence for killing Savio in 2004. Although her death initially was ruled an accident, authorities reopened the case after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in 2007. Savio’s body was exhumed, and a new autopsy ruled Savio’s death a homicide by drowning.
In 2012, a Will County jury convicted Peterson of drowning Savio in her bathtub. Prosecutors had argued he killed her to prevent her from testifying against him in divorce proceedings.
Peterson appealed his conviction and sentence, arguing prosecutors did not prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, his trial attorney operated under a conflict of interest, and he was denied effective counsel. He also said he was denied a fair trial due to numerous errors by the trial judge.