Peterson Pleads Not Guilty To Murdering Third Wife

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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