Peterson Cracks Jokes at Murder Hearing

Ex-cop smirks as arraignment on murder charge delayed
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2009 2:03 AM CDT

Drew Peterson smirked and wisecracked his way through a court hearing yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Look at this bling. Look at this nice spiffy outfit. Three squares a day," the shackled ex-cop cracked on his way into court, where he was told his arraignment on murder charges would not happen until May 18.

Bail has been set at $20 million and Peterson's lawyers are expected to seek to have that reduced. Peterson is accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and prosecutors have signaled they may use her words against him, as an Illinois law passed last year permits. "In essence what you're basically allowing the victim of a violent crime to do is testify from the grave," a state attorney said.
(Read more Drew Peterson stories.)

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