Published February 18, 2013
CHICAGO – A lawyerly war of words between Drew Peterson's former lead trial attorney and current lawyers is heading to court.
Jurors in September convicted the former suburban Chicago police officer of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He also is a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
A judge will hear arguments Tuesday from current attorneys that Peterson deserves a new trial on grounds that lead trial attorney, Joel Brodsky, botched the initial trial. Brodsky left defense team in November and denies the allegations.
A Chicago-area attorney who isn't connected to the case says Peterson's chances of prevailing are slim.
If the motion is rejected, the judge could proceed straight to sentencing. Peterson faces a maximum 60-year prison term.