Drew's Jailhouse Interview
By Marcus Gilmer in News on May 15, 2009 3:40PM
Never one to go more than a few days without telling the media what he thinks, Drew Peterson gave a jailhouse interview with NBC's Today Show that, once again, proclaimed his innocence.
Meanwhile, the Tribune is reporting this morning that Peterson was on the verge of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in his divorce from third wife Kathleen Savio, whose murder Peterson was charged with last week. Instead, Drew kept everything upon her death.
After Savio drowned, Peterson submitted a handwritten will signed by him and Savio specifying that in death all assets would go to the surviving spouse and appointing Peterson's uncle James Carroll as executor. All proceeds from Savio's estate -- valued at up to $288,000, according to court documents -- were handed to Peterson.
A court-appointed public estate administrator later wrote that Carroll's actions "were not in the best interests of the Estate or its beneficiaries," and noted that almost all of Savio's personal belongings had been removed from the home prior to the administrator's appointment in April, one month after her death.
Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky dismissed suggestions that the divorce was any motivation for Drew. "That's a very weak motive because half the people in America get divorced. So that means almost half the people in America have motive to commit murder. It's not the strongest motive you're ever going to come up with."