Drew Peterson asks for immediate trial on murder-for-hire charges

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CHESTER, Ill. -- Drew Peterson made it clear today that he wants a speedy trial on charges involving an alleged murder for hire plot.

During an appearance in the Randolph County courthouse in downstate Chester, Peterson waived a preliminary hearing and instead entered a plea of not guilty.

A trial was tentatively set for late July.

Peterson, 61, was accused last month of soliciting a hit man to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, who prosecuted him for the murder of Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio.

The former Bolingbrook police sergeant was charged in Randolph County, where the maximum-security Menard Correctional Center is located.  He has been incarcerated at Menard since February 2013.

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