Illinois Supreme Court to hear appeal of Peterson conviction

Former Chicago police officer Drew Peterson, who was convicted of killing his ex-wife, will have his appeal heard by the Illinois Supreme Court.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson. Peterson's murder-for-hire trial in southern Illinois was postponed by a Randolph County judge Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, until early next year. Peterson is charged with soliciting an inmate to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, who prosecuted the 2012 case in which Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the bathtub drowning death of ex-wife Kathleen Savio. (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the murder conviction of former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson.

The ex-Bolingbrook sergeant is serving 38 years in prison for the bathtub drowning death of ex-wife Kathleen Savio.

The Third District Appellate Court ruled in November evidence against Peterson was sufficient to show he killed Savio, whose body was found in her suburban Chicago home. No date has been given for arguments before the Supreme Court.

Savio’s death was initially ruled accidental, but the case was reopened after Peterson’s fourth wife disappeared in 2007. Peterson remains a suspect in that case.

Peterson is scheduled to stand trial in May on charges he solicited an inmate to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, who prosecuted the Savio case.

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