UPDATE: Drew Peterson trial updates: Defense withdraws mistrial motionWill County Judge Edward Burmila is once again mulling whether to declare a mistrial in the Drew Peterson murder case after a prosecutor asked a witness a question about testimony that Burmila had barred earlier.
Peterson’s attorneys asked for the mistrial after Assistant State’s Attorney Kathleen Patton asked former Bolingbrook officer Teresa Kernc whether she suggested Kathleen Savio seek an order of protection after Peterson allegedly threatened Savio.
Burmila earlier had told prosecutors they couldn’t bring up the issue of an order of protection because Savio never ended up pursuing one against Peterson, and Burmila said it would be too prejudicial to mention.
It was the third time since the trial started that the defense asked for a mistrial.
After debate among Burmila and the attorneys, the judge said he will rule on the mistrial request Wednesday morning, and then adjourned court for the day.
Patton was questioning Kernc about what Savio told her when she described an alleged July 2002 attack in which Peterson threatened her with a knife after breaking into her home.
PHOTO: Will County States Attorney James Glasgow