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Judge Won't Dismiss Gun Charges Against Drew Peterson in Case of Missing Fourth Wife

A Will County judge refused Wednesday to dismiss gun charges against former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson.

Judge Richard Schoenstedt said he couldn't find any case law that would justify dropping the charges, even though Peterson was an officer at the time he had the guns.

A grand jury indicted Peterson on two felonies related to a semiautomatic rifle seized by authorities investigating the disappearance of his wife, Stacy. Authorities contend Peterson possessed an assault rifle with a barrel shorter than allowed by law.

Peterson has been named a suspect in Stacy's disappearance but hasn't been charged.

Defense attorney Joel Brodsky argues his client is immune from prosecution for the gun charges because he was still a police officer when authorities seized the weapon.

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