Drew Peterson One Step Closer to Trial

Peterson's case was sent back to the Joliet courthouse

By Allison Preston
|  Thursday, May 3, 2012  |  Updated 2:17 PM CDT
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Drew Peterson is charged in the murder of his first wife after she was found dead in a bathtub in 2004. He is also the main suspect after the disappearance of his fourth wife in 2007

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After a nearly two-year wait, Drew Peterson’s murder case is one small step closer to trial, according to officials.

The case was sent back to the Joliet courthouse from the Third District Appellate Court this week, and a status hearing was scheduled for Friday allowing the case to move forward.

Peterson, 58, is charged with killing his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio, after she was found dead at her Bolingbrook home in a dry bathtub in 2004.

He also remains the main subject in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

Peterson’s lawyers notified the court that they would not appeal the hearsay decision, asking for an early release last week. The strategy is part of a plan by the defense team to downplay the significance of the hearsay statements, which, according to the Chicago Tribune, will allow Peterson’s ex-wives to speak from the grave.

The trial is expected to make national headlines, and a Lifetime movie starring actor Rob Lowe was made about the case in January.

The case could go to trial as early as this spring, but a date has not been set and a court judge has yet to be assigned.

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