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Drew Peterson seeks release from jail during appeal process

Updated: September 29, 2011 12:27AM

Drew Peterson’s attorneys are asking the former Bolingbrook cop be released from the Will County Jail while an Illinois Appellate Court considers his murder case.

Peterson, 57, has been jailed since May 2009 on charges he drowned third wife Kathleen Savio in her bathtub in 2004.

His bail is set at $20 million, but in a new request filed Monday Peterson’s attorneys argue he should be released on electronic monitoring or placed under house arrest because the appeal delaying his trial was launched last year by prosecutors.

“It’s not an unreasonable request, given the appeal,” said defense attorney Joel Brodsky.

But earlier requests seeking Peterson’s release have been denied by a Will County judge and the 3rd District Appellate Court that is hearing his appeal — and will consider the latest effort to win his release. The Illinois Supreme Court earlier had declined to hear a defense request seeking his release.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow opposes any effort to release Peterson or lower his bail, spokesman Charles Pelkie said.

Peterson’s trial was delayed after Glasgow asked the Appellate Court to overturn a ruling that limits the amount of so-called hearsay evidence that can be used against Peterson when he stands trial for Savio’s death.

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