Will County Sheriff
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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.
Drew Peterson may need to spruce up his jail look before next week's court hearing.
"Two years ago, we wouldn't have given out one of our (audio) tapes," said Gist Fleshman, clerk of the 3rd District Appellate Court. "They were only for internal use."
Peterson is charged with drowning his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in her bathtub in 2004. Prosecutors want to use hearsay evidence from Savio's family members and friends to allow her to speak from the grave.
The appellate court will hear oral arguments on whether any of the hearsay evidence should be admitted. It will all happen while one Chicago TV station rolls from the rear of the courtroom, Fleshman said.
Despite this being a first for the Ottawa courtroom, the Supreme Court and appellate court levels have allowed cameras for more than two decades.
The circuit court level still bans cameras.