Minister testifies in Drew Peterson hearing

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A minister says former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson's fourth wife told him her husband had disappeared the night before his third wife was found dead.

The testimony from the Rev. Neil Schori came a pretrial hearing to determine what hearsay evidence a judge will allow jurors to hear when Peterson stands trial in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Schori also said Stacy Peterson had told him that her husband had coached her about what to tell police.

Savio's death was originally ruled an accident. Her body was exhumed after Drew Peterson was named a suspect in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson in October 2007. A new autopsy was conducted and her death was ruled a homicide.

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