The former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant told Judge Edward Burmila, when asked if he was "comfortable" with a trial date later this month: "Yes, your honor. I've been in solitary confinement for three years, your honor."
On May 7, 2009, Peterson was indicted by the Will County Grand Jury and charged with the murder of Kathleen Savio, who was found in a waterless bathtub on March 1, 2004. They married in 1992, and divorced in 2003.
Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., on May 8, 2009, for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. The trial has been delayed as Peterson's attorneys battle prosecutors over damning hearsay statements, including ones made by Stacy Peterson.
Meanwhile, the search for Stacy Peterson went on. Police have executed several search warrants on Peterson's property, but have turned up no trace of the former Stacy Ann Cales, who was just 19 when they married.
Stacy Ann Peterson, in an undated file photo provided by the Illinois State Police.
Former Westbrook Christian Church pastor Neil Schori told "On the Record" on December 11, 2007, that Stacey Peterson confessed to him that her husband had killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Among the leads police have pursued was the theory Stacey's body was put in three 55-gallon drums a Peterson pal claimed the ex-cop had purchased. Peterson's stepbrother, Thomas Morphey, allegedly attempted suicide two days after helping Peterson carry a large blue plastic container from his home to his SUV. Neighbors reported seeing Peterson and another man, possibly Morphey, hauling a 55-gallon barrel out of the house shortly after her disappearance.
Lifetime television aired a movie about the accused killer in January, called "Drew Peterson: Untouchable." The film, which starred Rob Lowe as Peterson, portrayed the events surrounding the death of Kathleen Savio and the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.
The former suburban Chicago police officer is charged with first-degree murder for the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He was charged after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished without a trace in 2007.