Peterson says the state police have casted "a huge cloud of suspicion" on him by officially stating that his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, is "missing and presumed dead."
Stacy Peterson has been missing since October 28, 2007. Her friends and family say she told them before her disappearance that she had feared for her life. Drew Peterson has been jailed on $20 million bail since 2009 in connection with the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found dead in a dry bathtub in 2004. Police say they consider him a suspect in Stacy Peterson's disappearance.
Peterson released his apology request via press release yesterday. His lead defense attorney, Joel A. Brodsky, pointed to the case of Judith Bello, a Washington State mother who vanished 18 years ago under suspicious circumstance but recently turned up alive and well.
"There is a huge cloud of suspicion cast over Drew Peterson because of the Illinois State Police's statement that Stacy Peterson is presumed dead; however there is absolutely no evidence to support that statement," Brodsky said. "They made it seem like no woman, no mother, would ever just disappear, but as this most recent case shows, it does happen. In fact it happens more often than you would think"
Peterson says in the press release that he "has always believed that Stacy is still very much alive." Brodsky added that Stacy's mother temporarily disappeared once when Stacy was a child, meaning that "in Stacy's mind disappearing may be 'normal.'"
The Huffington Post adds that Peterson will be portrayed by actor Rob Lowe this January in a Lifetime movie, a move Peterson's lawyers have unsuccessfully tried to stop.
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