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Drew Peterson Lawyers: Drew's Not a 'Danger to Anyone'

Court papers seeking Peterson's release from jail insist it's safe for him to be out and about.

Retired grandfather Drew Peterson was a mere 100 miles from the Mexican border yet didn't make a run for it even though he figured he was going to be arrested for his wife's murder.

That is just one of the reasons Peterson should be released from the Will County jail, according to court papers his attorneys filed Monday in hopes of getting him sprung from the the clink.

Along with not fleeing the country when he was in Los Angeles, the motion for Peterson's release maintains that "there is nothing to suggest that Drew Peterson would be a danger to anyone if released."

Police and prosecutors apparently feel otherwise — at least as far as the safety of anyone who was married to the accused wife-killer and serial marrier.

Peterson, 57, has been jailed for more than two years as he awaits trial on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. The state police also believe Peterson may have had a hand in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but have yet to charge him with harming her.

The murder trial has been held up for nearly a year as the appellate court mulls a prosecution appeal of what hearsay evidence can be used against Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer who pulled the plug on his law enforcement career rather than face an internal inquiry regarding Stacy's disappearance in late 2007.

In the motion for Peterson's release, his attorneys informed the appellate judges that they don't "wish to hurry the court in making its decision" but that Peterson should be a free man while they are figuring out what to do.

The motion also mentions that Peterson was a military police officer in the Army and that he "provided security for President Gerald Ford" 35 years ago.

Peterson is being held at the Will County jail on a $20 million bond.

"The state's attorney believes that this is an appropriate bond," said Charles Pelkie, the spokesman for the Will County State's Attorney's Office.

As far as Peterson not posing a threat to anyone of he makes it out of jail, Pelkie pointed to the testimony of dozens of witnesses during a month-long pretrial hearing in early 2010.

During that hearing, witnesses accused Peterson of, among other things, domestic battery and exploring the possibility of hiring a hit man to do away with Savio.

"We've objected to his release in the past based upon evidence and testimony presented at the pretrial hearing and based upon the judge's ruling following the pretrial hearing," Pelkie said.

Freddie Kissell June 06, 2011 at 09:26 PM
The man who guarded Gerald Ford couldn't possibly hurt anyone. Let him go! Get ready Chrissy, Daddy's coming home!
trivialthings June 06, 2011 at 10:47 PM
An MP in the Army providing security for the persident? Excuse me but isn't that the "exclusive" duty of the Secret Service? Oh maybe he stood guard at a non-descript gate and kept the "bad guys" from getting to our President! LOL, he is a joke and a scum bag. Security for President Ford...NOT in his lifetime, maybe a dream!
Tom Selleck June 06, 2011 at 11:10 PM
He deserves a reasonable bond and be released! No physical evidence , just crappy hearsay!
N/A June 07, 2011 at 01:57 AM
It's amazing how much media attention this guy is getting. He's accused of killing two mothers. I feel very sorry for the children, and the 2 women who will never see their children grow up. Frankly, who cares about this idiot. I wish you would stop reporting on this maniac every other day. (....in the mean time, I will not be holding my breath :))
Bob June 07, 2011 at 02:44 AM
I don't know if this man is guilty or not, what is sad is that our constitution gives everyone the right to a speedy trial, while these lawyers are playing their silly chess games time goes on and when this trial finally starts and if he is found innocent the lawsuit he will bring down on this county will make the Riley Fox settlement look like a school allowance.
walt scherff June 07, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Bob, I couldn't agree more -- I just can't understand how a government agency can get away with this type of INjustice -- guilty or not, there is no reason that the people of Will County should support his incarceration for this long while the States Attorney goes fishing for any kind of rumors, hearsay, new laws, etc... The only thing that I have really seen so far is the incompetence of the Will County States Attorney office. If they have enough proof to requir e a 20 million bond they certainly should have enough to start a trial!
Nonny August 20, 2011 at 08:47 PM
While I agree that a speedy trial is no longer in the cards for this man, I have to applaud Will County and the DAO for doing their best to keep this fellow off the streets. Drew Petersons reputation was trashed long before his arrest, before his last wife's disappearence and before his other wife's death! He was known as a serious player and bully among the sports bar-crowd for years. Had a real problen with teenaged girls from all accounts! Keep that clown in jail please and get this court case rolling!!!

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