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Drew Peterson in court, new judge appointed

6:59 PM, May 4, 2012   |    comments
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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - A judge has been appointed to hear the Drew Peterson case.

Associate Judge Edward Burmila, a former will County prosecutor, was assigned the case during a brief hearing Friday, the first attended by Peterson in two years. The trial of the former Bolingbrook police sergeant is expected to begin this summer.

Peterson is accused of killing his third wife. His trial was postponed as attorneys battled over what evidence could be admitted.

Peterson was set to stand trial in the summer of 2010. But prosecutors appealed a judge's decision to forbid them from presenting certain hearsay evidence. Last month, an appellate court ruled the evidence could be presented.

Peterson is charged in the 2004 drowning death of Kathleen Savio in 2007, the year Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared.

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