Decision day in retrial hearing for Drew Peterson

It’s decision day for Drew Peterson.

He is expected to find out Wednesday if he will receive a new trial, or be sentenced to prison for murdering his third wife.

Peterson was convicted last fall of killing Kathleen Savio. But, his attorneys are arguing he didn’t receive a fair trial.

They are claiming lead attorney Joel Brodsky wasn’t ethical, and made a monster mistake by calling Harry Smith as a witness. Smith was Savio’s divorce attorney. Some jurors said Smith’s testimony worked against Peterson, and helped them convict him.

Retired judge Daniel Locallo took the stand on Wednesday on whether Peterson should get a new trial. He was expected to claim Brodsky did indeed make a serious blunder by calling Smith.

Peterson could be sentenced Wednesday if a new trial is denied. He is facing up to 60 years in prison.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story


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