Posted: Aug 2, 2012 8:10 AM by Associated Press, (CC)
CHICAGO (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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