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Judge in Drew Peterson case considering defense's mistrial request after grilling prosecutors
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) ¯¯¯ The judge at the Drew Peterson murder trial is considering a mistrial request from defense attorneys.
Judge Edward Burmila called a recess Wednesday morning and said he would reconvene proceedings in the afternoon to announce his decision.
The judge sent jurors out of the courtroom earlier in the day before grilling a prosecutor for allowing a witness to mention a bullet and leave the impression that Peterson left it in the witness' driveway.
Prosecutors argued against a mistrial, denying repetitive errors.
Peterson was charged in the 2004 death of his third wife after his fourth wife went missing in 2007.
The judge appeared close to declaring a mistrial Tuesday after a prosecutor began to discuss an allegation that Peterson once tried to hire a hit-man.