Peterson Pleads Not Guilty

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2009 11:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – A defense attorney entered a not-guilty plea today for former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson in the 2004 death of his third wife. Peterson stood silently in court, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit and shackles. He's been in custody since May 7, when he was arrested near his Bolingbrook home on first-degree murder charges in the death of Kathleen Savio.

Savio's death was initially ruled an accident but the case was reopened after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in 2007. Peterson has denied any wrongdoing. Prosecutors filed a motion at the hearing asking for a new judge. State's Attorney James Glascow didn't give a reason, and court recessed while another judge was called to handle the rest of the hearing. (Read more Drew Peterson stories.)

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