07/04/2012 11:39 am ET

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

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."

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