Drew Peterson's lawyers withdraw mistrial motion

8:40 AM, Aug 15, 2012   |    comments
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MICHAEL TARM
Associated Press

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Lawyers for Drew Peterson have withdrawn a motion for a mistrial, allowing the former Illinois police officer's murder trial to go ahead.

The defense attorneys' move Wednesday follows several blunders by prosecutors seeking to prove that the 58-year-old Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He's also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but never has been charged in her case.

Peterson told the judge Wednesday he does not want a mistrial.

Judge Edward Burmila admonished prosecutors Tuesday for violating his order not to discuss whether Savio asked for an order of protection against Peterson. Peterson's attorneys called the prosecution's actions unfair and asked for a mistrial.

The prosecutor who mentioned the order apologized to the judge.

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