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Final hearing before Peterson trial focuses on evidence

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Attorneys in the Drew Peterson murder case discussed motions regarding evidence in a final hearing on Wednesday before trial begins next week.

Drew Peterson was in the Joliet courtroom for the hearing, wearing a blue prison jumpsuit, accompanied by his attorneys.

At the hearing, Will County Judge Edward Burmila on ruled prosecutors could display a three-dimensional model of the alleged murder victim, Kathleen Savio.
But he denied a prosecutors' motion to enter evidence Peterson wiretapped Savio's house. A prosecutor had described the planting of a recording device as proof of Peterson's plan to eventually kill his third wife.
Higher courts have ruled Burmila can consider admitting hearsay evidence at a trial where there will be little to no physical evidence.
But Burmila refused the prosecutors' request he make clear immediately which of more than a dozen hearsay statements will be permitted.

The former Bolingbrook police officer has been in jail for three years awaiting trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found dead in a dry bathtub in her home in 2004. Attorneys have been battling over statements made to her divorce attorney and whether any of them can be admitted at trial.

Savio's family said they are ready for this trial to begin.

"I've been praying for years for this. I want answers. I prayed to my sister for answers, I prayed to God, and finally this is going to happen," said Savio's brother, Mitchell Doman.

Peterson is also a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, but that is not expected to come up in this trial.

Until he was taken into custody, Peterson was on television frequently, making jokes about his celebrity status.

His attorney, Joel Brodsky said things are getting serious now that the trial is about to begin. Brodsky said it's the most serious time of Drew Peterson's life and we have a good team of people who will present a good defense.

Brodsky expressed concern about picking a jury that can be fair, mentioning the Lifetime Network movie made about Peterson, starring Rob Lowe as Peterson. He said he will ask potential jurors about their exposure to that movie when jury selection begins next Monday.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said he'll be ready.

"We moved through most of the motions, reviewed some of the jury materials and we're looking forward on Monday to picking a jury," Glasgow said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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