Homicide

Judge grants Drew Peterson request for new trial date in murder-for-hire case

  • FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson arrives for court in Joliet, Ill. A state appeals court is hearing arguments Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Ottawa, Ill., from lawyers seeking to overturn Peterson's murder conviction in his third wife's 2004 death. The Chicago Tribune reports that attorneys for Peterson are challenging his 2012 conviction. They claim prosecutors shouldn't have been allowed to present second-hand evidence and Peterson's previous lawyer provided ineffective counsel. Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence for killing Kathleen Savio, and is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson arrives for court in Joliet, Ill. A state appeals court is hearing arguments Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Ottawa, Ill., from lawyers seeking to overturn Peterson's murder conviction in his third wife's 2004 death. The Chicago Tribune reports that attorneys for Peterson are challenging his 2012 conviction. They claim prosecutors shouldn't have been allowed to present second-hand evidence and Peterson's previous lawyer provided ineffective counsel. Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence for killing Kathleen Savio, and is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson. A southern Illinois judge has granted Peterson's request to delay his trial on charges that the former suburban Chicago police sergeant plotted to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in the death of his third wife. (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson. A southern Illinois judge has granted Peterson's request to delay his trial on charges that the former suburban Chicago police sergeant plotted to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in the death of his third wife. (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A southern Illinois judge has granted Drew Peterson's request to delay his trial on charges that former suburban Chicago police sergeant plotted to kill the prosecutor who helped convict him in the death of his third wife.

The Randolph County trial was scheduled to begin July 6. But Peterson's lawyer said Friday in a brief hearing that the 61-year-old ex-Bolingbrook officer needs more time to prepare.

Prosecutors didn't oppose the request. The trial is now set to start Aug. 28.

Peterson has pleaded not guilty to charges he solicited another prison inmate to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow. Glasgow prosecuted the 2012 case in which Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the death of his ex-wife Kathleen Savio eight years earlier.