Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, has been held on $20 million bond since his arrest in May 2009.
As his murder trial was about to begin in July 2010, prosecutors appealed the trial judge's ruling on what hearsay evidence could be used during the trial. In a 56-page opinion, the appeals court ruled that prosecutors failed to meet the deadline for appealing that decision.
Drowned in a Dry Bathtub
"Accordingly, we lack jurisdiction to hear the state's appeal of the circuit court's ruling on this issue, and that appeal is dismissed," the court ruled.
Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, was found dead in a dry bathtub in March 2004. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning until October 2007 when his fourth wife Stacy Peterson vanished.
Investigators reopened the Savio case. Meanwhile, Stacy Peterson has not been seen since. The case has been ruled a potential homicide, but no charges have been filed.
Predicted Her Own Death?
When the prosecutors originally appealed the trial judge's ruling, thereby delaying the trial, Peterson's attorneys tried to get his bail reduced while the appeal was in process. Now that much of the evidence against Peterson has been thrown out, they may attempt to have his bail reduced again.
Reportedly, the prosecution wanted to present statements from third parties that indicated that Kathleen Savio had told others that Peterson was going to kill her and that Stacy Peterson told a divorce attorney that Peterson had killed his third wife.
Those statements now will not be introduced during trial.
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