Drew Peterson Found Guilty Of First Degree Murder

A verdict in the much-publicized case of Drew Peterson arrived Thursday afternoon: Guilty.

The 58-year-old former police officer was found guilty of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and faces a maximum 60-year prison term after his sentencing this November. Savio’s death had initially been labeled an accident, but her body was re-examined and her death deemed a homicide after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing in 2007.

Earlier this afternoon, the jury had asked the judge to define the meaning of the word “unanimous,” sending a note reading, “Just to be clear, Judge, what does unanimous mean?

The Chicago Tribune reported that spectators had had “filled the gallery and overflow room.” The AP adds that, over the course of his trial, Peterson had “seemingly taunted authorities, joking on talk shows and even suggesting a ‘Win a Date With Drew’ contest.” Peterson’s case and his publicity-courting antics were depicted in a television movie starring Rob Lowe.

h/t Chicago Tribune

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