Chicago Breaking News (Chicago Tribune/WGN)
Drew Peterson murder trial delayed
July 14, 2009 1:32 PM
Drew Peterson’s murder trial won’t be going ahead next month as planned, after he waived his right to a speedy trial today.
During a hearing at the Joliet courthouse, Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky told Judge Stephen White that the defense team needs more time to review some 40,000 pages of evidence.
Peterson was scheduled to stand trial Aug. 24 on charges that he murdered his ex-wife Kathleen Savio in 2004. But White canceled that trial date today, after asking Peterson whether he understood that he was giving up his right to a speedy trial.
Peterson, wearing blue jail scrubs, stared down at his lap and replied “Yes, your honor.”
He did not speak again during the hearing.
Prosecutor John Connor, head of the major crimes unit of the Will County state’s attorney’s office, did not object to the trial delay.
Peterson is next due to appear in court Aug. 14, when his attorneys will try to have the case moved outside of Will County and to challenge the constitutionality of a hearsay law passed last year that allows Savio to testify “from beyond the grave.”
No new trial date has been set.
Speaking outside court after today’s hearing, Brodsky said the defense team “can’t digest all the information” prosecutors have given them without more time.
He said prosecutors have agreed to hand back to Peterson ownership documents for his two vehicles, a motorcyle and a lightweight aircraft.
Peterson intends to “dispose of” the vehicles to fund his defense, Brodsky said.
Peterson has been in custody since his arrest on May 7 and has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.
— Kim Janssen
Date with Drew’s fiancée?
July 14, 2009
By JOE HOSEY email@example.com
JOLIET — Drew Peterson’s lawyer followed up a routine court appearance Tuesday by claiming that a state police detective had asked the accused killer’s on-again, off-again fiancee on a date during the investigation.
Defense attorney Joel Brodsky told reporters that a detective had asked Christina Raines to a “dinner and a movie.”
Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004.
His fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in 2007. He faces no charges in her disappearance.
Peterson, who remains in custody at the Will County Jail on a $20 million bond, is scheduled for an Aug. 24 trial.
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