Former Bolingbrook, Il., police officer Drew Peterson was found guilty of the 2004 bathtub drowning of former wife Kathleen Savio, reports the Chicago Tribune. The circus that surrounded the case for five years was in full force outside the courthouse. Peterson, who was portrayed by his own lawyers as a man the public loved to hate because of his clowning, lecherous ways, had been taken down without physical evidence tying him to the crime scene.
The jury was won over by a case that was largely circumstantial and, one juror said, hinged on the hearsay testimony that originated from Peterson’s missing fourth wife, Stacy. Prosecutor James Glasgow called Peterson a “coward and a bully” and vowed to “aggressively review” Stacy’s case with an eye toward possibly bringing charges. The fifth anniversary of her disappearance is next month. “He was a thug,” an emotional Glasgow said of Peterson outside court. “He would threaten people because he had a gun and a badge, and nobody ever took him on. Well, we took him on now, and he lost.” Glasgow said the jury’s verdict sent a message that violence against women “won’t be tolerated.”