A Will County judge denied a motion for summary judgment in the wrongful death case against Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his wife in 2004. Family members of Kathleen Savio had asked the judge to rule in the case without a trial.
The motion for summary judgment was filed based on Peterson’s murder conviction and the fact that a judge had found that prosecutors had established that it was likely that Peterson killed Savio. During that hearing, Peterson’s uncle admitted that he turned all the assets of Savio’s estate over to Peterson after her death, at Peterson’s request, according to the motion.
In September 2012, Peterson was convicted of killing Savio in March 2004 while the two were finalizing their divorce. In February 2013, Peterson received a 38-year prison sentence. Peterson has said he is being held in solitary confinement and fears for his life.
Savio, Peterson’s third wife, was found by neighbors in a waterless bathtub with blood in her hair. Peterson is also considered to be a suspect in the case of his fourth wife, who disappeared in 2007, but he has not been charged in that case. It was the disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife that led authorities to re-examine Savio’s murder.