Drew Peterson to stand trial in July in murder-for-hire case
CHESTER, Illinois (AP) — A former suburban Chicago police officer charged with trying to kill the prosecutor who helped put him in prison for his third wife’s death, will stand trial this summer.
A judge on Tuesday set a July 6 jury trial for Drew Peterson. The ex-Bolingbrook police sergeant is accused of enlisting another prison inmate whose identity has not been disclosed in a murder-for-hire plot to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. Peterson pleaded not guilty in March.
Peterson, 61, is serving a 38-year sentence at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester after his 2012 conviction in Kathleen Savio’s death eight years earlier. He’s also suspected in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, whose father and sister attended the brief hearing.
Circuit Judge Richard Brown also approved a request by prosecutors to keep the taped prison conversations between Peterson and the unidentified informant under seal before the trial to avoid influencing potential jurors. Defense attorney Lucas Liefer didn’t oppose the request.
Peterson, who is charged with solicitation of murder for hire and one count of solicitation of murder, attended the hearing but did not speak. Both felonies carry maximum sentences of 30 years.
ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
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