JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Some of Drew Peterson's lawyers could end up both making arguments and testifying during a hearing next month on the former police officer's request for a new trial.
Judge Edward Burmila on Thursday set Feb. 19 and 20 for the case. If the motion is denied, he will proceed straight to sentencing Peterson. Jurors convicted Peterson in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio. His fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007.
The motion argues former lead attorney Joel Brodsky failed to adequately defend Peterson. Brodsky has denied that.
Attorneys Steve Greenberg and Joseph Lopez were on the trial team with Brodsky and still represent Peterson. Burmila says the attorneys will be allowed to both make arguments and testify about claims of a substandard trial defense.