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Drew Peterson Guilty of Murder

Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson was convicted in 2012 of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio.

Savio was found dead in a dry bath tub in her home in 2004, just before the estranged couple was to begin a bitter divorce court proceeding.

Drew Peterson remains a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife Stacy who has been missing since October 2007.

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Drew Peterson is back in the courtroom today as his attorneys seek a new trial.

The first witness, Reem Odeh, was called to the stand by the defense this morning. Odeh is a criminal defense attorney who was once a partner with Joel Brodsky, and on the Peterson defense team.

Peterson was convicted in 2012 of the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

His new defense team is requesting a new trial, on the grounds that his former attorney, Joel Brodsky, single-handedly botched their case.

Brodsky was one of several attorneys representing Peterson at his trial.

The other attorneys say it was Brodsky who had Peterson’s divorce attorney, Harry Smith, take the stand.

Several jurors said it was Smith’s testimony that clinched the guilty verdict.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow called the testimony, “a gift from God.”

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to convince a judge that certain errors were made and give (Peterson) another chance at a different trial,” said Peterson’s attorney Joe Lopez.

Peterson, Brodsky, and Glasgow are all potential witnesses at the retrial hearing.

“It’s very difficult at any case to get a new trial.  They’re generally disfavored by judges and generally you don’t win them,” said Lopez.

Peterson is set to be sentenced February 20, if he is denied a new trial.

Drew Peterson will be back in a Will County courtroom tomorrow to try to get a new trial.

Last summer a jury in Joliet convicted Peterson of the 2004 murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

If Peterson’s request for a new trial is denied, he faces 20 to 60 years in prison during sentencing.

Drew Peterson’s fight for a new trial could be decided at a hearing Tuesday.

Peterson was convicted last year of murdering his ex-wife Kathleen Savio.

His new defense team says he should get a new trial, because former Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky botched the case.

The lawyers say Brodsky called a witness who jurors later said convinced them to reach a guilty verdict.

Brodsky, prosecutor James Glasgow and Peterson himself, could testify at tomorrow’s hearing.

Peterson could get sentenced to prison if the judge denies him a new trial.

A Will County judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to grant Drew Peterson a new trial.

If defense motions are not granted, both parties will immediately move forward with a sentencing hearing.

Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer, was convicted of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

His fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, has been missing since October, 2007.

Peterson’s defense lawyers will argue that former attorney, Joel Brodsky, was “ineffective.”

Judge Edward Burmila has set aside two days for the proceedings.

A new date is set to hear a motion which could grant a new trial for convicted killer Drew Peterson.

Peterson was supposed to be sentenced Thursday for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, but that’s on hold due to a very public conflict between his attorneys.

Former lead attorney, Joel Brodsky, accused fellow defense attorney Steve Greenberg of threatening him in an email.

Greenberg denied threatening Brodsky.

For his part, Greenberg filed a motion seeking a new trial for Peterson arguing Brodsky bungled the defense’s case.

A hearing on that motion will be held February 19th and could last two days.

Drew Peterson is expected to appear in court Thursday along with his attorney’s for scheduling of post trial motions.

Judge Edward Burmila had initially set the January date for Peterson sentencing, but was forced to postponed the matter due to turmoil among members of the defense team.

That ultimately lead to Peterson firing his lead attorney Joel Brodsky.

Peterson was convicted of killing histhird wife Kathy Savio this past September.

Attorney Joel Brodsky announced Tuesday that he is withdrawing as Drew Peterson‘s defense attorney.

In the weeks after he was convicted of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, it was clear that Peterson was wavering and had serious doubts about Joel Brodsky and his prowess.

Nevertheless Brodsky insisted he was not being fired.  The man who will be replacing Brodsky as lead counsel agrees.  Attorney Dave Peilet told reporters today that Brodsky is stepping down in the best interest of his client.

“He did so in light of his belief that him doing so was in the best interest of Mr. Peterson, in light of all the facts that have transpired in the last couple weeks,” Peilet said.  “He was not discharged.  He stepped down on his own.  I applaud him for that.”

joel-brodskyBrodsky has been widely criticized for his handling of the Peterson defense.  Fellow lawyers, including members of the Peterson defense team, publicly questioned Brodsky’s unorthodox legal maneuvering.

After Peterson’s murder conviction last month, jurors said that Brodsky’s ill-fated decision to call Stacy Peterson‘s lawyer to the stand prompted the guilty verdict.

Peterson reportedly asked another group of lawyers to take over the expected appeal.  But earlier this month the former Bolingbrook police sergeant reversed himself, saying Brodsky would remain in place.

But then at the judge’s urging, Peterson asked for time to get an independent legal opinion.  Before anyone could learn what Peterson’s intentions were, Brodsky made the decision to withdraw from the case and step down as Drew Peterson’s attorney for the appeals process.

Drew Peterson is asking for a re-trial with new defense attorneys.

Peterson was convicted of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio; since then his legal team has endured one firing, one resignation and a lot of finger-pointing.

Now two new attorneys, John Paul Carroll and Michelle Gonzalez, have filed a motion saying Peterson’s lead attorney Joel Brodsky went into his first murder trial unprepared and incompetent, so Peterson didn’t get adequate representation.

drew-petersonGonzalez says Brodsky made a huge mistake by calling Savio’s divorce lawyer Harry Smith as a witness; jurors said after the trial that Smith’s testimony ended up supporting the prosecution’s murder case.

Gonzalez says Brodsky was also wrong to encourage Peterson to seek a lot of publicity before the trial; for his part, Brodsky tells WGN-TV that Peterson has not told him he’s hired any new attorneys.

Jurors said hearsay evidence was pivotal in convicting Drew Peterson of killing third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Four jury members, including the foreman, spoke out at a news conference in Joliet on Friday.

peterson-jurorsAt the beginning of deliberations, jurors said they all believed Savio was murdered but they didn’t all think Peterson did it.

After reviewing the hearsay testimony of statements Stacy Peterson made to her pastor Neil Schori and Savio’s divorce attorney Harry Smith, they were convinced and came back with a guilty verdict.  Both witnesses said Stacy told them that Peterson killed Savio.

“The hearsay testimony from Stacy, that was the biggest part about this,” said jury foreman Eduardo Saldana, 22.

Juror Jeremy Massey and alternate juror Patricia Timke were also at the news conference.

The jurors said that without the hearsay evidence, they are unsure that they would have convicted Peterson.

A jury found Drew Peterson guilty of first degree murder in the death of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

“We finally did it, after all these years. We finally did it and we got justice. We got Drew,” said Savio’s sister Susan Doman.

A jury of seven men and five women found Peterson guilty of beating and drowning Savio in her bathtub in March 2004. They deliberated for more than 13 hours over the last day and a half before reaching the verdict.

Peterson faces up to 60 years in prison when he’s sentenced on November 26. He has already spent 3 and a half years in Will County Jail and he’s been on trial for more than five weeks.

drew-petersonHundreds of people gathered outside the courthouse to show there support for the Savio family and the Will County State’s Attorney. When Peterson’s attorneys came out of the courthouse, they booed. When prosecutors came out, they cheered.

Inside the courtroom, Peterson sat expressionless as Judge Ed Burmila read the guilty verdict.

Peterson’s defense lawyers say there is no physical evidence he killed her.

“You know what they say, a conviction is the first step in a successful appeal,” said Peterson’s lead defense attorney Joel Brodsky. “No, I wouldn’t do anything different.”