New judge assigned to Peterson case

May 21, 2009 1:02:32 PM PDT
A new judge has been appointed in the murder case against former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson. Will County Chief Judge Gerald Kinney on Thursday appointed Carla J. Alessio-Policandriotes (pahl-ee-KAN'-dree-oh-tihs) to oversee the case.

Earlier this week, the state's attorney had asked that Judge Richard Schoenstedt (SHAYN'-stehd) be removed, on the grounds of bias against the state.

Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky challenged that motion. On Thursday, Brodsky initially said in court that he would ask that that new judge be replaced, too, but he later withdrew that request.

Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 drowning of Kathleen Savio. Her death was initially ruled an accident but was reopened after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in 2007.

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