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Judge Changed in Peterson Murder Case

May 21 2009, Published 6:38 a.m. ET

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A new judge was today appointed in the Drew Peterson murder case.

Will County Chief Judge Gerald Kinney let prosecutors replace the existing judge because the defense had not established a pattern of abuse by the state of its right to replace judges.

“I do not find that this has been established by the defense’s response,” Kinney said at a hearing at Will County courthouse.

Prosecutors had filed a motion to replace Judge Richard Schoenstedt claiming that he was prejudiced against the state. Kinney assigned the case to Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes – to which Peterson’s lawyer Joel Brodsky protested before finally accepting the decision. A hearing with the new judge is now scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2009, at 1pm.

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Peterson is in jail for the 2004 death of his previous wife, Kathleen Savio, the former policeman has pled not guilty. Authorities are planning to carry-out DNA testing on an unidentified female body which they believe may be Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy Peterson who has been missing for the past two years.

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