(WGN-AM)-The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled against Drew Peterson in a fight over the estate of his late third wife, Kathleen Savio.

The high court on Thursday let stand a lower-court decision that takes away the former Bolingbrook police sergeant's control of Savio's estate and gives it to her father, Henry Savio, and sister, Anna Doman.

The 3rd District Appellate Court ruled in the Savio family's favor in January. Peterson appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court in March.

Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in Savio's 2004 death. He has pleaded not guilty and is held on $20 million bond at the Will County jail.

Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, has been missing since 2007. Peterson has been named a suspect in her disappearance. He denies any wrongdoing.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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