CHICAGO – A lawyer for Drew Peterson says an Illinois appeals court has denied a petition to lessen Peterson's $20 million bail.
Attorney Joel Brodsky expressed disappointment in the ruling from the Illinois Third District Appellate Court in a statement late Friday.
Brodsy says there may be another chance to request a reduction in bail. He says what he calls "the weakness of the State's case" will become clear.
Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, whose body was found in a dry bathtub. Peterson is also a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.
Will County prosecutors say Peterson offered someone $25,000 to kill Savio, but then did it himself.