The Chicago Tribune reports that Drew Peterson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal in the murder conviction in his third wife’s death. The former police officer from Bolingbrook, Illinois is seeking the high court to overturn his murder conviction in the death of Kathleen Savio.
This request has been denied by the court twice in the past when Peterson asked for a new trial. Savio’s death was re-examined after Stacy Peterson, his fourth wife, went missing in 2007. A petition asking the court to review the conviction was submitted on Monday.
Defense attorneys allege that hearsay testimony was used in court, including statements Savio made to family and police in a written statement before her death. Stacy Peterson also made comments to her pastor and divorce attorney that were submitted but should have never been allowed.
The legality of divorce attorney Harry Smith testifying at the trial that Stacy told him she suspected Peterson in the death of Savio is also being questioned.
Just last year, the Illinois Supreme Court determined that the hearsay testimony did not violate constitutional rights. The court declined to hear Peterson’s arguments again in January.
Peterson has maintained his innocence in the Savio murder. Stacy Peterson’s remains have never been found and no charges have been filed in her disappearance.
Even if the high court overturns Peterson’s murder conviction, he will likely never leave prison. After his conviction in 2012, he was later convicted of trying to conspire to kill James Glasgow, the Will County State Attorney. He was sentenced to another 40 years for that plot.
Peterson, now 64, is not eligible for parole until 2081.
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