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Peterson says he'll be found innocent

May 15, 2009 at 12:30 PM   |   Comments

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CHICAGO, May 15 (UPI) -- A suburban Chicago man whose fourth wife is missing says he'll "probably be found innocent" of the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Drew Peterson spoke by phone Friday with the TODAY show's Matt Lauer about his arrest and the grand jury system that indicted him.

"I believe that was the last day of the grand jury and I believe they had to do something," says Peterson. "The state's attorney, I believe, was under a lot of pressure from both the media and the Savio family to do something."

Illinois authorities have been investigating Savio's death along with the disappearance of Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, who has been missing for 18 months.

A closer examination of Peterson's divorce battle with Savio and what was at stake is being conducted by the Will County state's attorney's office, the Chicago Tribune has learned.

The Tribune says court documents it reviewed show Peterson stood to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in a divorce from Savio.

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