Former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson is pleading not guilty to charges of murdering his third wife.
Kathleen Savio was found dead in a dry bathtub five years ago with a gash on the back of her head. Her death was originally ruled an accident but was reclassified as a homicide after Peterson's fourth wife disappeared.
Peterson denies any involvement in Savio's death or the disappearance of Stacy Peterson. He was formally arraigned in a Joliet, Illinois court this morning.
Peterson's attorney had planned to ask for Peterson's bail to be reduced from $20 million to less than half a million at today's hearing. But that was derailed when prosecutors asked that the judge in the case be removed. Last November, the same judge dismissed felony gun charges against Peterson.
A hearing on that issue is set for Thursday. After today's arraignment, Savio's family members told reporters outside the court that they do not want Peterson released on bail.
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