Former police sergeant to ask judge to toss out murder conviction

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FILE – In this May 8, 2009, file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police Sgt. Drew Peterson leaves the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., after his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. Peterson is getting another chance to argue that his murder conviction in the death of his third wife should be thrown out. A Will County judge has scheduled a Jan. 21, 2022 hearing on Peterson’s motion that the conviction should be tossed because his lead attorney did not provide effective counsel and prosecutors acted improperly. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago-area police sergeant Drew Peterson is getting another chance to argue that his murder conviction in the death of his third wife should be thrown out.

A Will County judge has scheduled a Jan. 21 hearing on Peterson’s motion that the conviction should be tossed because his lead attorney did not provide effective counsel and prosecutors acted improperly.

The attorney and prosecutors say the motion is without merit. Peterson was convicted in 2012 for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and is serving a 38-year prison sentence.

He is suspected but has never been charged in the death of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, who disappeared in 2007.

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