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Ex-wife’s family wants to avoid trial in wrongful death suit against Drew Peterson

Drew Peters| IDOC pho2013

Drew Peterson | IDOC photo 2013

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Updated: August 15, 2013 3:30PM

An attorney representing the family of Drew Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, in a wrongful death lawsuit against Peterson argued Thursday that a Will County judge should rule in the Savios’ favor without a trial.

Judge Michael Powers heard arguments Thursday morning regarding the Savios’ motion for a summary judgement.

Powers said he would issue a decision in 30 days.

In December 2012, the Savios’ attorney filed the motion because of Peterson’s murder conviction and because a Will County judge found after a 2010 court hearing that prosecutors had established that Peterson likely killed Savio. During that hearing on the use of hearsay evidence, Peterson’s uncle, James Carroll, admitted that he turned all of Savio’s estate assets over to Peterson after she died, at Peterson’s request, the Savios’ motion says.

In September, a Will County jury convicted Peterson, 59, of killing Savio in March 2004 in her Bolingbrook house while the couple were finalizing a divorce. He was sentenced in February to 38 years in prison.

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