Peterson returns to court in murder-for-hire trial

FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson arrives for court in Joliet, Ill. A state appeals court is hearing arguments Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Ottawa, Ill., from lawyers seeking to overturn Peterson's murder conviction in his third wife's 2004 death. The Chicago Tribune reports that attorneys for Peterson are challenging his 2012 conviction. They claim prosecutors shouldn't have been allowed to present second-hand evidence and Peterson's previous lawyer provided ineffective counsel. Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence for killing Kathleen Savio, and is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Lawyers for former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson are asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to uphold his first-degree murder conviction in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the petition filed Thursday follows a September ruling by the same court to uphold Peterson's murder conviction in the death of Kathleen Savio. The court rejected the argument by Peterson's attorneys that it was improper to use hearsay testimony to convict Peterson in 2012.

The 63-year-old Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence for Savio's death and another 40-year sentence after being convicted of plotting to kill the prosecutor in the case. Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. He has not been charged.

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