JOLIET, Ill. – There's another new judge in former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson's murder case.
Chief Judge Gerald Kinney granted a defense request Monday to replace Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes. The case will now be handled by Judge Stephen White.
It was only last month that Alessio-Policandriotes was named to replace another judge, that time at the prosecutor's request. Shortly afterward, she refused to reduce the defendant's $20 million bail.
Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
The former officer in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook pleaded not guilty. He has been named a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, missing since 2007.