Trial Moves Forward Despite Search for Stacy Peterson

Cops say new equipment is needed

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    Developments in the search for Drew Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, won't put a kink into plans to try him for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, say prosecutors.

    The search for Stacy Peterson's remains was revived this weekend after an inmate at the Joliet jail tipped authorities to the location of the body, said Chuck Pelkie, a spokesman for the Will County State's Attorney's office.

    The trial remains scheduled to begin July 8.

    In the meantime, Illinois State Police officers were back at the Peoria Hunting grounds where this weekend they searched for the body of Stacy Peterson

    Drew Peterson's Attorney Calls Police Search 'Suspicious'

    [CHI] Drew Peterson's Attorney Calls Police Search 'Suspicious'
    Joel Brodsky says today's search is an attempt to "dirty up" Peterson just before his trial. (Published Saturday, Jun 5, 2010)

    While a pair of opossum skeletons have been recovered, no human remains have been found, said anthropologist Alan Horn.  Still, he advised authorities to keep digging.

    Investigators began their search Saturday after receiving a "credible lead" from an inmate who has allegedly spoken with Drew Peterson about Stacy Peterson's alleged murder. He told police that Peterson revealed how he killed Stacy, stuffed her body in a metal drum, and buried it on private hunting grounds with help of an accomplice, according to sources from TMZ.com.

    Search for Stacy Peterson

    [CHI] Search for Stacy Peterson
    Illinois State Police Confirm they are Digging Outside Peoria Following a Credible Lead in the Search for Stacy Peterson (Published Saturday, Jun 5, 2010)

    Police dogs reportedly led officers to a spot on the hunting grounds Friday, and prongs placed in the ground hit a mass believed to be the metal drum containing Stacy's body.

    Illinois State Police, with the help of a local anthropological team, searched all day Saturday but said they needed to return with more "sophisticated equipment."

    Peterson's lawyer, Joel Brodsky told NBC 5 that his client couldn't have confided in a fellow inmate because he is isolated from the rest of the prison population and can't talk to other inmates.

    "He says he would only wish that they would give him a cell mate to talk to. He's been in isolation now for close to 13 months and it's wearing on him," Brodsky said. He calls the "tip" a stunt to drum up bad press about his client before he goes on trial for the death of his third wife Kathleen Savio next month. 

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