Peterson Hearing Rare TV Event

Prosecutors want court to allow them to use hearsay evidence against Peterson

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    History was made Wednesday when a camera broadcast the hearsay hearing for alleged murderer Drew Peterson from a downstate courtroom. (Published Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011)

    History was made Wednesday when a camera broadcast the hearsay hearing for alleged murderer Drew Peterson from a downstate courtroom.

    One Chicago TV crew recorded it all from the back of the 150-year-old courtroom belonging to the 3rd District Appellate court located in Ottawa.  It marked the first time a TV crew has been given access to that location.

    The proceedings of the high-profile murder case were broadcast live from an Illinois courtroom, making it a first in Illinois history.

    Prosecutors allege Peterson drowned his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. They argued they need hearsay evidence Savio shared with her family and friends to give her a voice at trial.

    Peterson's attorneys and prosecutors will deliver their arguments. The court will decide if any of the statements should be admitted.