Claims that charges are imminent against Drew Peterson in the disappearance of his wife Stacy Peterson or in the murder of his former wife Kathleen Savio are baseless, his attorney said.
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow told reporters this week that he expects the case to be resolved in the “near future” in at least one of the investigations, according to The Associated Press.
But Peterson's lawyer Joel Brodsky said that statement is without merit and questioned the timing of the announcement. Peterson is a suspect in both cases.
Brodsky told MyFOXChicago.com that he’s not surprised the prosecutor would make such a claim, as Glasgow is coming up for re-election as State’s Attorney. Brodsky said he doesn't want two failed investigations to deflate his campaign.
“I wouldn’t expect him to put out a statement saying the investigations are going to take longer,” Brodsky said. But, he added, they're all but over as “there’s no evidence of any wrongdoing.”
Glasgow denied that his remarks were politically motivated.
“No one is going to allow politics to determine the outcome of any of these allegations,” he responded. He said Wednesday that investigators have been "highly productive," but added that charges aren’t expected for at least a few more weeks.
Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the disappearance of Stacy, the fourth wife of the Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer.
Peterson has repeatedly denied involvement in her disappearance and in the 2004 death of his third wife Savio, whose body was found in her bathtub.
Her death was initially ruled an accident, but tests on her exhumed remains determined that she was the victim of a homicide.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.