(WGN-AM) - Drew Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky said Thursday that he is preparing a motion to ask a judge to drastically lower Peterson's bail from $20 million to between $100,000 and $500,000.
Peterson's arraignment is scheduled for Monday, and it's expected his bail will be reviewed then.
His reasoning is that Peterson is an Army veteran, has no criminal history, owns property and does not have portable income or money to support himself if he ran.
Peterson, 55, a former police sergeant, has been in custody separated from the general jail population since his arrest May 7 following an indictment in the murder of his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found drowned in an empty bathtub in March 2004.
State police initially determined her death was an accident, and a coroner's jury agreed. But after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in October 2007, State's Atty. James Glasgow reopened the investigation into Savio's death. He had her body exhumed, and a second autopsy indicated a homicide, he said.
Brodsky contends the $20 million bail set by Circuit Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt is unreasonable.
According to the state's attorney's office, there are seven murder suspects being held without bail in Will County and two held in lieu of $10 million bail. Brian Nelson, convicted of murder in 2006, also had a $20 million bail, the office noted.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report)
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