The judge presiding over Drew Peterson's murder trial again denied a defense motion for a directed verdict acquitting the former Bolingbrook police sergeant of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Defense attorneys and prosecutors spent about four hours debating jury instructions before defense attorney Steve Greenberg argued for the directed verdict. He contended that prosecutors had failed to present enough evidence for jurors to find Peterson guilty.
Judge Edward Burmila had previously denied Greenberg’s motion at the end of the state’s case. He reiterated today that there were sufficient facts for a reasonable person to find Peterson guilty of killing Savio.
Closing arguments in the case are scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Peterson is facing first-degree murder charges in the 2004 death of Savio, who was found dead in her bathtub. He faces a maximum 60-year prison term if convicted.
Peterson was charged after his fourth wife, 23-year-old Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007. Peterson is a suspect in her disappearance but hasn't been charged.
Judge again denies directed verdict for Drew Peterson
Kathleen Savio, left, third wife of Drew Peterson, right.