Neighbor: Stacy Peterson said 'He's going to kill me'

January 25, 2010 6:50:30 PM PST
A neighbor of former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson says Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, was afraid her husband would kill her. In the most dramatic testimony yet at a pretrial hearing on the use of hearsay evidence, Sharon Bychowski said Monday she came upon Stacy Peterson outside her house crying one day. She told Bychowski that she wanted a divorce.

Bychowski says Stacy Peterson told her: "'If I disappear, Sharon. It's not an accident. He killed me."'

Bychowski testified that she told Stacy Peterson to start writing down what she was saying. A sobbing Bychowski recalled that Stacy Peterson responded: "'It doesn't matter. I'm already dead. He's going to kill me."'

Stacy Peterson disappeared in 2007, and Drew Peterson is now facing trial in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He's pleaded not guilty. Peterson has not been charged in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.

Whether it was organizing a search, holding a vigil or appearing on national TV, Bychowski has become a familiar face in the disappearance case of Stacy Peterson. As her next door neighbor, Bychowski had become very close friends with Drew Peterson's fourth wife.

Drew Peterson's attorney, however, doesn't buy Bychowski's testimony.

"The statement makes no sense, clearly, she was trying to mull together the Kathleen Savio case and Stacy Peterson case because disappearance can never be an accident," said attorney Joel Brodsky.

During the testimony, Bychowski broke down in tears to the point the judge had to take a break. She's been accused of staging her outburst.

"That was absolutely rehearsed. It was almost as if she cried on cue. I was looking for the cue card that Mr. Glasgow was going to hold up. That was staged, without question," said Brodsky.

Bychowski is one of over 30 witnesses at the hearsay hearing to determine what evidence can be presented in the trial of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Also on stand was Jacqueline Torrez who testified that on the day Stacy Peterson disappeared, she saw a man on her street wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Torrez testified that he looked as though he was confused and had no purpose. She also said he had a look in his eyes as if he just killed someone. Torrez later learned that person was Drew Peterson.

Testimony continues Tuesday at the Will County Courthouse.