Drew Peterson Charged with Third Wife's Murder

05/07/2009 at 09:35 PM EDT

Drew Peterson Charged with Third Wife's Murder
Drew Peterson
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One of Drew Peterson's former wives was found dead, another went missing, and yet the former police sergeant had steadfastly – some say brashly – maintained his innocence in the face of suspicions by police and the victims' families.

But on Thursday, Peterson, 55, was arrested during a traffic stop in Bolingbrook, Ill., on charges of murdering one of those women, Kathleen Savio, his third wife, whose body was discovered in an empty bathtub in 2004. Her death was originally ruled an accidental drowning but later called a staged homicide.

The grand jury that indicted Peterson in Savio's death continues to study the possibility of charges in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, the mother of their two children, according to Charles B. Pelkie, state attorney for Will County, Ill., CNN reports.

Lawyer Says Peterson's Innocent

Peterson's attorney Andrew Abood released a statement asserting Peterson's innocence despite the "rumor and innuendo that has circulated regarding the unfortunate death of Kathleen," the Chicago Tribune reports.

"Although he is disappointed with the decision of the state, he looks forward to the opportunity to once and for all prove his innocence in a court of law," says Abood.

A spokesman for Savio's sister, Sue Doman, said Doman was "very grateful that authorites were able to bring it to the point where justice hopefully will be served."

"It's been hell for Sue Doman and her husband," adds Larry Garrison, the president of SilverCreek Entertainment who is working with Doman on a book, titled For the Love of My Sister, "because she would go to the cemetery all of the time and speak to her sister and promise her that she would bring justice to her."

Additional reporting by Jeff Truesdell

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