Drew Peterson back in court for retrial hearing

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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.

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