WITNESS: DREW PETERSON SAID LIFE WOULD BE BETTER IF WIFE WAS DEAD

Published on: August 8, 2012
Photography by: Zuma Press
NationalEnquirer.com

A witness in the DREW PETERSON bombshell murder trial's damning testimony.

As prosecutors try to prove former cop Peterson murdered his 3rd wife Kathleen Savio in 2004, a former co-worker, Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer James Coughlin took the stand.

Officer Coughlin testified  he met Peterson at the Will County courthouse mere weeks before Savio was discovered dead in her bathtub.

Coughlin told jurors Peterson made a reference to his estranged wife Savio getting all his money in a divorce settlement.

 Peterson added that his "life would be easier" if Savio was dead, Coughlin testified.

Savio's older sister, Anna Doman, also testified that a "scared and upset" Savio visited her six weeks before the death and said Peterson had threatened her.

"Drew had told her he was going to kill her," Doman testified, "that she wasn't going to make it to the (divorce) settlement."

Peterson is accused of murdering Savio after her death was initially ruled an accidental drowning. As The ENQUIRER reported previously, law enforcement later exhumed her remains and forensics determined there was enough evidence to try and convict the former cop.

His 4th wife, Stacy Peterson, remains missing. Peterson claimed she had left him for another man b t there’s been no trace of her despite a nationwide police effort.

While long considered a prime suspect in the Stacy disappearance case, Peterson is not being tried for that case.