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A judge Thursday sentenced former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
The Will County, Ill., state's attorney said Drew Peterson's sentencing could begin this week once a request for a motion for a new trial has been settled.
Ex-policeman Drew Peterson's request for a new trial in the death of his third wife began Tuesday in Joliet, Ill., with a claim his lawyer botched his case.
Some intense legal maneuvering could be on the horizon as a former suburban Chicago police officer tries to get his murder conviction overturned, lawyers said.
The battle between Drew Peterson's defense lawyers has devolved into allegations of sexual impropriety and mental illness, Illinois court records show.
An Illinois judge rejected arguments the notoriety surrounding the Drew Peterson trial affected Christopher Vaughn's trial and sentenced him to four life terms.
An outside attorney filed a brief on Drew Peterson's behalf, saying the convicted Illinois killer did not have adequate legal representation.
A member of Drew Peterson's defense team has quit, the second since the former Illinois police officer was convicted of murdering one of his wives.
How could former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson be convicted in large part on hearsay evidence -- the words of someone who was not in court but reported by a third party -- when the Constitution gives any defendant the right to confront his accuser?