A judge on Thursday denied Drew Peterson a new murder trial in the death of the former suburban Chicago police officer's third wife.After the ruling, Judge Edward Burmila moved on to Peterson's sentencing hearing. The 59-year-old faces up to 60 years in prison for the2004 death of Kathleen Savio.
Drew Peterson's defense lawyers called an ethics teacher and even trial spectator to the stand during an offbeat hearing Tuesday as they sought to persuade a judge to grant the former suburban Chicago police officer a new murder trial.
Jurors at Drew Peterson's murder trial withdrew Wednesday to begin deliberations on whether the former Illinois police sergeant murdered his third wife.
The judge at Drew Peterson's murder trial exposed potential holes in the state's case against the former suburban Chicago police officer, telling prosecutors Friday that they have failed to either place Peterson in the bathroom where his third wife was found dead or illustrate exactly how he might have killed her.
A jury on Wednesday found a California man guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately started a blaze that ballooned into a massive wildfire.
A judge is poised Wednesday to again decide whether to cut short former police officer Drew Peterson's murder trial — the third time in as many weeks he is giving serious consideration to declaring a mistrial after a blunder by prosecutors.
A judge stopped short of declaring a mistrial in Drew Peterson's murder case on Thursday, chiding prosecutors for entering inadmissible evidence and criticizing them in front of the jury, but concluding the former police officer can still get a fair trial.
A judge said he believed Drew Peterson could receive a fair trial in his murder case on Thursday, but not before chiding prosecutors for entering inadmissible evidence and even criticizing them in front of jurors.
The judge in Drew Peterson's murder trial considered Wednesday whether to declare a mistrial after blasting prosecutors for a second time in less than two days for bringing up information he said could prejudice the jury against the former police officer.