Judge Edward Burmila’s ruling today may delay the trial.
In a pre-trial hearing today, Judge Edward Burmila ruled that hearsay statements critical to the prosecution’s case could possibly be barred from the Drew Peterson trial, which is scheduled to start on Monday.
Drew Peterson has been charged with the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio and he is also the primary suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife Stacy Peterson.
Earlier this year an appellate court ruled that statements made by Savio to her divorce attorney could be admissible at the trial. The statements clearly suggest that Peterson was a danger and that if anything should happen to her, that he would be the one responsible. In total there are 14 incriminating statements, and Burmila will rule on Monday which will be allowed into evidence.
Depending on the number of statements that the judge bars from the trial, the prosecution could appeal the ruling and that could delay the trial even further, however he may also choose not to rule on the statements until after the trial begins which will allow the jury to be chosen and seated.
Opening statements in the Drew Peterson trial are expected to start on July 31st.