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Drew Peterson pleads not guilty to murder

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Former police officer Drew Peterson will remain jailed on $20 million bond until at least Thursday after a prosecution request to remove the judge handling his murder case derailed plans for defense attorneys to ask for a bail reduction.

Defense attorney Joel Brodsky entered a not guilty plea on Peterson's behalf as his client stood silently in court Monday, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit and shackles.

Prosecutors then asked that Judge Richard Schoenstedt be removed from Peterson's case. Brodsky is challenging that move, and Will County Chief Judge Gerald Kinney is slated to hold a hearing on the issue Thursday.

Peterson has been in custody since his arrest on first-degree murder charges on May 7 in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Savio's death was originally ruled an accident, but the case was reopened after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in 2007.

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