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Peterson Hearsay Hearing Set for January



    Peterson Hearsay Hearing Set for January
    Drew's dead wife will be allowed to testify.

    On the second anniversary of the disappearance of Drew Peterson's fourth wife Stacey, a Will County judge has set up a hearing so his third wife can speak from the grave at a hearing over her murder.

    Prosecutors will test the effectiveness of the so-called "hearsay" law that allows for comments made by Kathleen Salvio, Peterson's third wife who is believed to have been murdered, to be entered into the court record during a mini-trial hearing in January.

    At that hearing state witnesses will be called to testify about statements Savio made to them regarding her husband.  The judge overseeing the case will then decide if the evidence will be admitted at trial based on whether it is creditable and relevant.

    Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky thinks the evidence will be a game changer in the case.

    "What the public knows or thinks about the death of Kathleen Savio and the disappearance of Stacey Peterson will be turned on its ear, 180 degrees," Brodsky said.

    Stacey Peterson has been missing since 2007 and is believed to be dead. Peterson, however, claims that she ran away with another man. He said the recent case of Jaycee Duggard, the girl who was kept as a sex slave in California, supports that claim.

    The hearsay hearing will take place in January, but no trial date has been set.