Attorney: Peterson confident as trial set to begin

Attorney: Peterson confident as trial set to begin

Credit: AP

FILE - In this May 8, 2009, file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson yells to reporters as he arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill. The Third District Appellate Court on Thursday, April 12, 2012, gave the go-ahead for some hearsay evidence at the trial of a former suburban Chicago police officer accused of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio. It hands a major legal defeat to defense attorneys for Peterson. The earlier rulings to exclude many second-hand statements had raised fresh questions about the viability of trying Peterson on charges he killed Kathleen Savio in 2004. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 23 at 9:46 AM

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Drew Peterson's lawyer says his client is nervous but confident as he heads to court to stand trial in the death of his third wife.

Attorney Joel Brodsky spoke to reporters outside the Joliet courthouse where jury selection gets under way Monday.

Brodsky reiterated that Kathleen Savio's 2004 drowning death in her bathtub was nothing more than an accident. And he suggested that Peterson's long career in law enforcement will help attorneys during jury selection, saying the ex-cop knows Will County and the kind of people who live there.

Prosecutors didn't speak to reporters as they entered the courthouse Monday.

Peterson was charged with first-degree murder in Savio's death after the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. He's never been charged but remains a suspect in that disappearance.

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