Jury finds Drew Peterson guilty of murdering his third wife
POSTED: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 9:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Drew Peterson, the former Illinois police officer accused of murdering his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth, has been found guilty of murder.
A jury convicted Peterson in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, late Thursday.
Savio's death was originally ruled an accident, but the case was reopened after the disappearance of Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, in 2007.
Peterson's lawyer vowed to appeal.
"There's going to be an appeal. There are several world class appellate lawyers that are just waiting to get their teeth into this case," said attorney Joel Brodsky.
Witnesses inside the courtroom say Peterson showed no emotion as the verdict was read.
Outside, Savio's family was jubilant.
"I'm happier now because I spent many days at the cemetery and many hours, and it makes me feel good that we won," said Henry Savio, her father.
"There is nothing more I can ask for than today," added nephew Michael Lisak. "Today is the day I've been waiting for forever. I know my aunt is here today with us, smiling over us on this bright sunny day, and I'm glad Drew is finally going where he belongs."
Sentencing is set for November 26th.
Peterson faces up to 60 years in prison.