BOLINGBROOK, Illinois, A former police officer suspected in his wife’s disappearance has set up a Web site to ask for financial help with his legal defense.
Former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson is considered a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.
Drew Peterson’s site says he wants to collect money from people who believe he deserves a defense without going broke.
“For the cost of a few cups of your morning coffee, you can help to ensure that Drew can afford to support his ongoing legal defense, find his missing wife, and divert any remaining funds into a trust for his children,” the site says.
Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, said any money collected on DefendDrew.com will go into a trust account over which Peterson will have no control. [The site has since been disabled.]
Brodsky said it will be used first to pay for legal fees and then to hire a private investigator to look for 23 year old Stacy Peterson, who vanished in late October. Any remaining money will be put into a trust for Peterson’s four dependent children, the Web site says.
Peterson, 53, a longtime member of the Bolingbrook Police Department until he quit after his wife disappeared, has denied any involvement in her disappearance. He has said he believes his wife left him for another man and is alive.
Investigators from several agencies continued their underwater search of a canal just south of Bolingbrook on Tuesday, said Trooper Mark Dorencz. Authorities have not said why they are searching the canal.
“His best defense is to find Stacy,” Bosco said. “Let’s put that as a priority, Drew.”
The site, which collects money through PayPal, appeals for sympathy for Peterson and his children, who “may end up impoverished” by the cost of mounting a defense. The site says “media sensationalism” surrounding the story has caused the family hardship and stresses Peterson’s years of public service as a police officer.
The investigation of the disappearance also has prompted the exhumation of the body of Drew Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has said after examining evidence he believes Savio’s death was a homicide staged to look like an accident. Results of the new autopsy have not been released.
Peterson has not been named a suspect in Savio’s death.
Brodsky said Tuesday the Web site was his idea, but Peterson approved it. He said without the public’s help, Peterson could lose his home to pay his legal bills.
“It’s hundreds of detectives against Drew,” Brodsky said. “I don’t think anybody could withstand that type of onslaught.”
Brodsky said he would be in court Wednesday seeking the return of vehicles, computers, guns, ammunition and other items seized by police from Drew Peterson’s home. The property Peterson wants returned includes eight handguns and three long guns, Brodsky said.
“By federal law, retired police officers are allowed to carry weapons in all 50 states,” Brodsky said, noting that Peterson has not been charged with a crime. “Why shouldn’t he have them back?”
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Well, there you have it Baby Boomers…
I wouln’t give this man one copper penny!
~The Baby Boomer Queen~