Former Bolingbrook police sergeant and murder suspect Drew Peterson believes that Illinois State Police should apologize for casting "a huge cloud of suspicion" on him by previously stating that his wife Stacy Peterson is "missing and presumed dead."
Peterson's request for an apology came via a press release issued Tuesday. The release points to an unrelated case where Judith Bello, a Washington woman, had been presumed dead as she had been missing for the past 18 years, but was recently discovered to be alive, living in California earlier this month.
According to the release, Peterson "has always believed that Stacy is still very much alive" and that, because her mother disappeared once when Stacy was young, Joel A. Brodsky, Peterson's lead attorney, stated that "in Stacy’s mind disappearing may be 'normal.'"
"[The state police] made it seem like no woman, no mother, would ever just disappear, but as this most recent case shows, it does happen. In fact it happens more often than you would think," Brodsky said.
Peterson has been jailed on $20 million bail since 2009 in connection with the 2004 murder of Kathleen Savio, his third wife who was found dead in a dry bathtub in 2004, and is a suspect in the disappearance of Stacy, his fourth wife. Stacy was last seen on October 28, 2007, and friends and loved ones have said she told them she had feared for her life.
Since he was charged with Savio's murder, the Peterson trial has faced continual delays and the case has even reached the Illinois Supreme Court. In the case's latest development, the state Supreme Court ruled that hearsay evidence -- 13 statements reportedly made by Savio prior to her death -- be reconsidered by the Third District Appellate Court. The court's previous rejection of this evidence was considered by many to seriously undermine the prosecution's case against Peterson.
Peterson's story is also set to be brought to the silver screen in a Lifetime movie, titled "Untouchable," premiering January 21. Rob Lowe will be portraying Peterson in the film, even as the murder suspect's lawyers issued a "cease and desist" letter in the hope of stopping the production earlier this year.