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Kathleen Savio’s sons to show support for Drew Peterson at dad’s murder trial

SevAvakian an intern with Drew Petersattorney Joel Brodsky's firm carries Drew Peterson's suit Will County Courthouse for start trial Tuesday

Sevon Avakian, an intern with Drew Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky's firm, carries Drew Peterson's suit to the Will County Courthouse for the start of the trial Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 2, 2012 6:17AM



The Peterson file . .

They are the sons of accused wife murderer Drew Peterson, and they are in dad’s corner.

Sneed is told the two sons of murder victim Kathleen Savio , Kristopher and Thomas, are planning to show up at the trial of their father, who is accused of drowning Savio in a bathtub. The two are also on the list of possible witnesses.

Although the timeline of their court appearance is unclear, Sneed is told they both believe in their father’s innocence.

Sneed has learned that Kristopher, who just graduated from Bolingbrook High School, plans to sever himself from the wrongful death suit filed on his behalf by Savio’s father and sister—next Wednesday, Aug. 8, the day he turns 18 and is no longer considered a minor.

Kristopher’s decision parrots that of his brother, Thomas, 19, who also took a legal stand in defense of his father in January, 2011, when he signed a document releasing his father from all financial claims arising from the death of his mother; specifically the wrongful death suit filed by his relatives.

Thomas, who was first in his class at Bolingbrook High School, an Illinois State Scholar, and vice president of the National Honor society — dispatched an impassioned letter to Sneed in January 2011, stating: “Nobody is pulling the wool over my eyes. I know to an absolute 100% moral certainty that my father Drew Peterson is innocent in the death of my mother Kathleen Savio.

“Do not forget I was with my father the entire weekend that my mother died.

“Because I know my father is innocent, I am releasing him from the lawsuit brought by

Henry J. Savio [his grandfather] and Anna Doman [his aunt] on my behalf when I was a minor.

“How Henry J. Savio can sue my father on my behalf is just crazy. I have only met Henry J. Savio once in my entire life, and that was for five seconds at my mother’s funeral,” said Thomas, who is now a student at Penn State University.

With the exception of Peterson’s eldest son,

Eric — all of Peterson’s children live in his Bolingbrook home (Thomas is on summer break) and are cared for by his son Stephen Peterson, a former Oak Brook Police officer who was once under suspension for allegedly obstructing the probe into the disappearance of his father’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson — the still-missing mother of Peterson’s two youngest children.

The Peterson file II . . .

For protection purposes, Peterson’s belt and tie are removed and left behind at his courtroom table each time he leaves the well of the court; Sneed is also told Peterson, who had been locked up in isolation since 2009 at the Will County Jail, slept 10 hours straight the night before his trial began Monday.

I spy . . .

Singer Rod Stewart lunching at Rosebud Steakhouse on Monday, serenading restaurant manager Angelina Dillon with the tune “Angelina”. . . Daley Schmooze: Former Mayor Rich Daley and son, Patrick — who are traveling the international business route these days — made a stop in London to attend the 2012 Olympics.

This & that . . .

◆ Canoodle caper: Onscreen and offscreen vampire lovers/actors Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, on the outs after Stewart was caught in a state of heavy canoodle with someone else, are now trying to figure out who gets their mixed-breed rescue dog, Bear.

◆ Beatle Juice: Singer Paul McCartney pocketed $1.57 for his performance at the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

◆ Bull swill: Basketball badboy Dennis Rodman, a k a “The Worm,” is writing a children’s book titled Dennis the Wild Bull.

Sneedlings . . .

Happy 40th wedding anniversary wishes to Mitch and Diane Dudek . . . Congrats to Chicago lawyer Kathleen Zellner on receiving the Pursuit of Justice Award from the American Bar Association . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Coolio, 48; Edgerrin James, 34, and Pat Hurley, ageless, and belated wishes to Tom Cross, 54.



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