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Drew Peterson Case: 'Murder Weapon' Bathtub Barred From Courtroom

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Former Bolllingbrook, Illinois police officer Drew Peterson leaves the Will County Jail after posting bail for a felony weapons charge May 21, 2008 in Joliet, Illinois. Peterson is a suspect in his fourth wife's disappearance and has been questioned about the murder of his third wife. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Calling the bathtub in which Drew Peterson's third wife was found drowned a "murder weapon," a prosecutor argued Tuesday to have the tub hauled into court so the jury could get a look at it.

Assistant State's Attorney John Conner failed to convince Will County Judge Edward Burmila that bringing the bathtub before a jury was a good idea. Burmila felt a free-standing tub without the context of a bathroom around it might somehow confuse jurors.

Defense attorney Joseph "Shark" Lopez said there was no legitimate reason to bring the bathtub into court and that prosecutors only wanted to for "dramatic effect."

Read the whole story at Joliet, IL Patch

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