Peterson's attorney says wife talked of leaving

August 21, 2008 9:54:27 AM PDT
Drew Peterson's attorney says the conversations Stacy Peterson had with a fellow student before her disappearance backs up claims that she planned to run away. Stacy Peterson has been missing since last October. Her husband, Drew Peterson, has been named a suspect in her disappearance but his attorney -- Joel Brodsky -- says new evidence supports his client's claims that Stacy ran away.

"I can't think of anything more relevant than the day before she disappears discussing her plans for disappearing," said Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson's attorney. "It's completely corroborative of Drew's story, of Drew's version of what occurred."

Brodsky says documents show a college classmate of Stacy Peterson told police they'd met on October 27, 2007, and Peterson said she "wanted out" of her marriage. The man told police he advised her to not use credit cards so she wouldn't be found. Stacy Peterson allegedly said if she left, she'd go while Drew Peterson slept.

"There is no reason for this man to lie. He is not a friend of Drew's. He doesn't know Drew," said Brodsky. "He was an acquaintance of Stacy's. This is what occurred. And now this just goes to show that Drew isn't so far-fetched."

Stacy Peterson's friends confirmed her intention to leave her marriage to Drew Peterson. They fear she was prevented from doing so on her own terms.

"We know this young lady was trying to get out the best she could. We don't believe she did," said Pam Bosco, friend of Stacy Peterson.

On Wednesday, Peterson released a statement saying, "I have always said that I will be vindicated in the end. Now the hidden truth is starting to come out."

"This is the tip of the iceberg. There is a whole lot underneath the water that we're not privy to," said Bosco.

State police have not commented on the document. They say their investigation is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.


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