Retired judge testifies Peterson retrial hearing

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FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio, who was found in an empty bathtub at home. Peterson's wisecracking, limelight-hogging, sunglasses-wearing lawyers faced the media horde every day of the former suburban Chicago police officer's 2012 trial — one that ended with a murder conviction and a falling out among the erstwhile colleagues. But the lawyerly war of words in public between lead trial counsel Joel Brodsky and former partner-turned-nemesis Steve Greenberg that began within hours of the trial's end will come to a head Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at a hearing where the defense will argue Peterson deserves a new trial because Brodsky did a shoddy job. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A retired judge unconnected with Drew Peterson's murder case has taken the stand as the former suburban police officer's lawyers seek to persuade a judge that Peterson deserves a new trial.

Daniel Locallo spoke Wednesday on the second day of a hearing on the motion. It asks for a retrial on grounds the lead attorney at the initial trial, Joel Brodsky, offered Peterson substandard representation.

Locallo told the judge that Brodsky made a major mistake by calling one witness whose testimony badly backfired on the defense.

Judge Edward Burmila is expected to rule on the motion later Wednesday.

Sentencing could immediate follow a ruling. The 59-year-old Peterson faces a maximum 60-year prison term for Kathleen Savio's death.

He's also a suspect in his fourth wife Stacy Peterson's disappearance.

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