Drew Peterson's bail will not be lowered

June 7, 2009 at 1:53 PM

JOLIET, Ill., June 7 (UPI) -- The $20 million bail keeping accused killer Drew Peterson in police custody will not be lowered as requested by his lawyers, an Illinois appellate court says.

Attorney Joel Brodsky, one of the attorneys representing Peterson, said despite the court's ruling, defense team members are confident they will soon have a more solid foundation for getting his bail lowered, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday.

"We're disappointed in the ruling from the Illinois 3rd District Appellate Court, but we accept the court's ruling," Brodsky said. "However, we are also confident that as the weakness of the state's case is exposed over the following weeks and months we will have another opportunity to ask for a reduction in bond."

Peterson is a former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer who faces murder charges for the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. His fourth wife Stacy is missing but he has not been charged in that case.

The Sun-Times said the current bail level would mean $2 million would have to be posted in order for Peterson to be freed from a detention facility in Will County, Ill.

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