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Judge to rule on motion to grant Drew Peterson new trial for murdering 3rd wife

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    FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio, who was found in an empty bathtub at home. Peterson's wisecracking, limelight-hogging, sunglasses-wearing lawyers faced the media horde every day of the former suburban Chicago police officer's 2012 trial — one that ended with a murder conviction and a falling out among the erstwhile colleagues. But the lawyerly war of words in public between lead trial counsel Joel Brodsky and former partner-turned-nemesis Steve Greenberg that began within hours of the trial's end will come to a head Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at a hearing where the defense will argue Peterson deserves a new trial because Brodsky did a shoddy job. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)The Associated Press

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    Retired judge Daniel Locallo, left, and defense Lawyer for Drew Peterson Steve Greenberg speak with the media as they leave the Will County Courthouse for lunch, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Joliet, Ill., during the second day of a hearing in the former suburban Chicago police officer's request for a new trial. During the hearing Locallo testified as the defense sought to bolster arguments Peterson deserved a retrial on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson's attorneys contend his former lead trial attorney, Joel Brodsky, botched his case. Locallo told the judge that Brodsky made a major mistake by calling one witness whose testimony badly backfired on the defense. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)The Associated Press

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    Defense lawyers for Drew Peterson, Joe Lopez, right,and Lisa Lopez speak with the media as they leave the Will County Courthouse Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Joliet, Ill., for lunch during the second day of a hearing in Drew Peterson's request for a new trial. Retired judge Daniel Locallo testified Wednesday as the defense sought to bolster arguments Peterson deserved a retrial on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson's attorneys contend his former lead trial attorney, Joel Brodsky, botched his case. Locallo told the judge that Brodsky made a major mistake by calling one witness whose testimony badly backfired on the defense. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)The Associated Press

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    In this courtroom sketch, Drew Peterson, left, listens as his attorney Steve Greenberg questions retired judge Daniel Locallo, right, on the second day of a hearing at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, to decide if Peterson, convicted in September of killing his third wife, should be granted a new trial. Listening is Will County Judge Edward Burmila. Peterson's lawyers are asking for a retrial on grounds that his lead attorney at the 2012 trial failed to adequately defend him. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)The Associated Press

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    Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, right, and members of his prosecution team leave the Will County Courthouse for lunch, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Joliet, Ill., during the second day of a hearing in Drew Peterson's request for a new trial. Retired judge Daniel Locallo testified Wednesday as the defense sought to bolster arguments Peterson deserved a retrial on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson's attorneys contend his former lead trial attorney, Joel Brodsky, botched his case. Locallo told the judge that Brodsky made a major mistake by calling one witness whose testimony badly backfired on the defense. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)The Associated Press

A judge outside Chicago says he'll rule on Drew Peterson's request for a new trial.

The decision Thursday in the former suburban police officer's murder case comes after two days of testimony on the request.

Jurors convicted Peterson in September of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He's also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

Peterson's current legal team argues he should get a new trial, in part, because Peterson's longtime lead attorney allegedly bungled last year's trial.

If he rejects the retrial motion, Judge Edward Burmila has said he'll immediately sentence Peterson on his murder conviction. The 59-year-old faces a maximum 60-year prison term.

If he's sentenced, several relatives of Savio's plan to address the court, including her brother and sister.

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