Cop's Dead Wife to Testify From 'Beyond the Grave'

Hearsay evidence allowed in Drew Peterson murder hearing
By Patrick Spain,  Newser User
Posted Jan 19, 2010 9:26 AM CST Posted Jan 19, 2010 9:26 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Jan 19, 2010 9:26 AM CST
Cop's Dead Wife to Testify From 'Beyond the Grave'

Drew Peterson, the Illinois cop accused of killing one of his wives and suspected in the disappearance of another, gets to hear from his dead third wife today in an evidentiary hearing, reports the AP. An Illinois judge will be evaluating hearsay evidence from the wife he is accused of murdering, Kathleen Savio, who told friends and family that if she turned up dead, it was likely her husband who did it. Her body was found in a dry bathtub.

After the hearings, expected to last 3 weeks and involve 60 witnesses testifying on 15 hearsay statements, the judge will decide if the jury can hear any or all of them when Peterson stands trial. The law allowing hearsay evidence, dubbed "Drew's Law," was passed by the Illinois legislature with an eye to the Peterson case.

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