Experts say the case against former suburban Chicago police sergeant Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife may be in big trouble.
An appellate court this week agreed with a lower court that certain hearsay -- or second-hand -- statements should be excluded from Peterson's pending trial on charges that he killed Kathleen Savio in 2004. Prosecutors have said they might appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.
They have presented no physical evidence or eyewitnesses and have said the hearsay statements were vital.
A Chicago attorney not linked to the case, Michael Helfand, says that means prosecutors might have no choice but to drop the charges.
The jailed Peterson has denied any involvement in Savio's death or the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.