Judge: No mistrial in Drew Peterson murder case

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Drew Peterson, former Bolingbrook police officer charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. (AP Photo)

(AP) – Former police officer Drew Peterson’s murder trial will go on after the judge decided against declaring a mistrial.

The Thursday ruling followed several blunders by prosecutors seeking to prove the 58-year-old killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He’s also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. But he’s not charged in her case.

The furious judge had admonished prosecutors Wednesday after a neighbor of Savio testified about finding a .38-caliber bullet on his driveway. The witness insinuated Peterson may have planted it to intimidate him.

Prosecutors later admitted there’s no evidence to support the claim. The defense asked for a mistrial, saying the jury was tainted. But the judge said Thursday that Peterson still can get a fair trial.

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