Drew Peterson's Murder Trial Delayed

08/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Huffington Post

Drew Peterson won't be taking the stand anytime soon, as his trial was pushed back Tuesday beyond its scheduled August 24 start date.

Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky told Judge Stephen White Tuesday that the defense team needs more time to review some 40,000 pages of evidence in the murder of Petersen's former wife Kathleen Savio, and that late August was too soon to get through it all, the Tribune reports.

According to the Tribune, Peterson is next due in court Aug. 14, when his attorneys are expected to try to get the case moved outside of Will County and to challenge the constitutionality of a controversial hearsay law passed last year that allows Savio to testify "from beyond the grave."

After the hearing, Brodsky told reporters that an Illinois State Police detective had asked Peterson's on-again, off-again fiancee Christina Raines to a "dinner and a movie" date during the investigation.

Peterson has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $20 million bond.