Convicted Murderer Back in Court

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- A hearing has begun about convicted murderer Drew Peterson's request for a new trial.
A judge is hearing arguments Tuesday that the former suburban Chicago police officer deserves a new trial on the grounds that his former lead trial attorney, Joel Brodsky, botched last year's trial. Brodsky denies the allegation.
Jurors in November convicted Peterson of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He also is a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
Prosecutors could call Brodsky to testify at the hearing and Brodsky's former colleagues who raised the allegations and who still represent Peterson could cross-examine him. The hearing could last a day or two.
If the motion is rejected, the judge could proceed straight to sentencing. Peterson faces a maximum 60-year prison term.

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