Defense consider next step in Drew Peterson trial

Defense consider next step in Drew Peterson trial

Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images

JOLIET, IL - JULY 31: Attorneys for Drew Peterson (L to R) Joe Lopez, Steve Greenberg, and Joel Brodsky address the media during a recess in Peterson's murder trial outside the Will County Courthouse July 31, 2012 in Joliet, Illinois. Opening arguments in Peterson's trial began today. Peterson, a former Bolingbrook, Illinois police sergeant is on trial for the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio. Peterson is also a suspect in the disappearance of his Stacy Peterson. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 8:16 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- A mistrial motion is pending at Drew Peterson's murder trial after a state's witness let slip testimony that the defense says irreparably tainted jurors.
  
As of Wednesday afternoon, the ex-cop's attorneys were considering a suggestion from the judge that the witness' entire testimony be struck rather than declaring a mistrial.
  
The witness was a former neighbor of Peterson's alleged victim, Kathleen Savio. He testified earlier Wednesday that he found a .38-caliber bullet in his driveway.
  
He began to suggest he believed Peterson planted the bullet to intimidate him. But the judge halted proceedings and sent the jury out of the courtroom.
  
An angry Judge Edward Burmila blasted prosecutors. He told them working in the testimony about a bullet was, in his words, a new "low" in the case.

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