Drew Peterson asks judge to overturn murder conviction – NBC Chicago

A judge was scheduled to examine the former Chicago area police sergeant on Monday. Motion by Drew Peterson to overturn his 2012 conviction for the murder of his third wife.

Officials said Peterson will not attend the hearing and it is unclear whether Will County Judge Edward Burmila will make an immediate decision on the motion. The judge appointed a lawyer and an investigator to help Peterson and experts said such an investigation could take months.

Peterson was convicted of first degree murder in the 2004 murder of Kathleen Savio and sentenced to 38 years in prison. He has since filed several appeals which have been dismissed. He filed his last motion last fall, and Burmila determined the former Bolingbrook police officer had made an “essential constitutional claim” and scheduled a hearing.

In his six-page handwritten motion, Peterson argued that his lead attorney, Joel Brodsky, had failed to provide effective counsel and that Brodsky would not allow him to testify in his defense. He also alleged prosecutorial misconduct and witness intimidation by Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, and argued that some witnesses should not have been allowed to testify about conversations he had. they had had with Savio or Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, before he disappeared.

Peterson is also a suspect – although he was never charged – in the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, who is presumed dead.

In 2016 he was sentenced to an additional 40 years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill Glasgow.

NBC Chicago

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