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Hearsay Evidence to be Allowed in Trial of Drew Peterson

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Dealing a crucial setback to Drew Peterson, an Illinois appellate court has ruled prosecutors can present additional hearsay evidence implicating the former Bolingbrook cop in the drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

 

The ruling released Thursday means eight more secondhand statements — including some purportedly made by Savio before her 2004 death — can be used against Peterson by Will County prosecutors when he stands trial on murder charges, the Sun-Times is reporting.

 

The 3rd District Appellate Court previously had upheld a lower court ruling barring those statements as evidence because their reliability was suspect.

 

One of Peterson's defense attorneys dismissed the ruling because all the statements are "hogwash."

 

"All the statements are hogwash made by Johnny-come-lately media wannabes," attorney Steven Greenberg said.

 

The ruling likely clears the way for Peterson, who's been jailed since May 2009, to stand trial later this year.

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