Appeals Court Rejects Peterson's Get Out of Jail Card

Defense plans to take case to the Illinois Supreme Court

By Elliott Beazley
|  Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 PM CDT
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Peterson has long maintained his innocence in both Stacy Peterson's disappearance and Kathleen Savio's death. He was able to get weapon charges against him dropped in 2008. He was indicted for Savio's murder on May 7, 2009.

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Drew Peterson's request to be freed from jail during a prosecutorial appeal has been rejected by the 3rd District Appellate Court.

Peterson is on trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Savio was found dead in a bathtub in her home in 2004.

A former Bolingbrook police officer, Peterson denied allegations of his involvement in the murder. The trial is delayed because the prosecution appealed a ruling on which hearsay evidence would be allowed. Peterson, detained since May 2009, has failed to get out of jail twice.

Defense Attorney Joseph Lopez says he plans to take Peterson's case to the Illinois Supreme Court.

According to the prosecution, Peterson is also a subject in the case of Stacy Peterson, his fourth wife who disappeared in 2007.

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