Drew Peterson, the former Chicago police officer, is charged with trying to kill the prosecutor who put him in prison for his third wife’s death, will stand trial in July.

Peterson was convicted in 2012 for the death of Kathleen Savio and sentenced to 38 years.  He is suspected in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

A judge set a July 6th date for Peterson, 61, an ex-police sergeant, who is accused of hiring another inmate, whose identity has not been released, to kill Will County State Attorney James Glasgow.  Peterson has pled not guilty.

Circuit Judge Richard Brown also approved a request by prosecutors to keep the taped prison conversations between Peterson and the unidentified informant under seal before the trial to avoid influencing potential jurors.

“I just don’t feel that it’s in the interest of justice that that come out any sooner than it has to,” said Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker. “We’re not trying to purposely frustrate the public’s rights. But there’s a greater importance in making sure we aren’t prejudicial…”

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