CHICAGO (AP) — A state appellate court has refused to overturn a Will County judge's decision barring prosecutors from using some hearsay — or second hand — evidence against former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson.
Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 slaying of third wife Kathleen Savio. He also is a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.
The three-judge panel of the Third District Appellate Court in suburban Ottawa said it did not have the jurisdiction to overturn the judge's ruling not to allow the admission of eight of 14 hearsay statements prosecutors wanted admitted.
The panel wrote that the only way it could overturn the judge's decision was if it determined he abused his discretion. And it found that the judge's decision was reasonable.
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