Drew Peterson was found guilty of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, on Thursday (Sept. 6), eliciting gasps of shock from the courtroom gallery in Joliet, Ill.
Peterson — whose case was the subject of a Lifetime movie starring Rob Lowe that aired earlier this year — was found guilty in the 2004 death of Savio, who was found drowned in her bathtub. Her death was initially ruled an accident, but when Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in 2007, Savio’s case was reopened. Her body was exhumed and the cause of death changed to homicide.
“I knew it,” Savio’s brother-in-law, Mitch Doman, told the Chicago Tribune outside the courtroom. “Now I can go out there and say he’s a murdering b*****d. You can print that. You can put it in a headline.”
Peterson was impassive as the verdict was read, saying only “Good job” to his lawyers before being taken from the courtroom.
Prosecutors charged Peterson with murdering Savio in 2009, but his trial was delayed over a long legal fight to include hearsay statements, including accounts of what Stacy Peterson told others regarding Savio’s death.
Drew Peterson remains the lone suspect in Stacy’s disappearance but hasn’t been charged in connection with the case.