Retired police officer Drew Peterson was found guilty Thursday of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in front of a packed Will County courthouse bringing an end to a case that has been covered by various tabloid news outlets for years.
Peterson showed no emotion as the verdict was read, and said “good job” to his attorneys as he was lead off. Sentencing has been scheduled for November 26.
In the courtroom, Savio’s family and supporters hugged and cried along with the witnesses who testified on behalf of the state.
The case did not really come to light until Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, went missing back in October 2007. It was during the search for Stacy Peterson that investigators ruled that they would look again at Savio’s death, which was originally ruled an accidental drowning. Stacy Peterson has still not been found.
In February 2008, authorities ruled Savio’s death a homicide, and Peterson was then arrested and charged with first degree murder.
The jury in the case deliberated for 14 hours before reaching the verdict.