Drew Peterson Lawyers Ask for 2-Month Trial Delay - New York News

Drew Peterson Lawyers Ask for 2-Month Trial Delay


A judge will decide next week whether to delay the trial of a former Bolingbrook police officer accused of murder in the death of a former wife.

Attorneys for Drew Peterson asked Will County Circuit Judge Stephen White to delay the June 14 start of the trial.

"He is anxious to get the case over with but he is weighing 60 days against a lifetime," said Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky about his client's thoughts on the potential delay.

"Each member of the team has explained to him the reason for needing more time and he is in agreement if it's that necessary that we should request a continuance," he said.

Brodsky said Friday he asked for a delay until Aug. 23 because the prosecution proposed to call four new expert witnesses, including a neuropathologist.

Will County State's Attorney's spokesman Chuck Pelkie says White indicated he will announce a decision on Wednesday.

Peterson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio. He's been named a suspect but isn't charged in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

Peterson denies any involvement in Stacy Peterson's disappearance.

Also Friday, a motion made by Drew Peterson's defense team to get Judge White taken off of the trial was denied.

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