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Drew Peterson Case: Judge puts off ruling on mistrial request in murder trial

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(CBS/AP) JOLIET, Ill. - The judge in the Drew Peterson murder trial has adjourned early and delayed a decision on declaring a mistrial.

A legal drama erupted Wednesday after a state witness let slip testimony that defense lawyers claim irreparably tainted jurors.

Instead of ruling immediately on the defense's mistrial motion,  Judge Edward Burmila granted a request to let Peterson's lawyers think through the matter until Thursday morning.

Burmila took issue with the testimony of prosecution witness Thomas Pontarelli, who is a former neighbor of Drew Peterson and his third wife.

Burmila sent the jury out of the room when Pontarelli said he found a .38-caliber bullet on a driveway and belived Peterson planted it there to intimidate him.

Peterson is accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Pontarelli was her neighbor.

With jurors out of the room, Judge Burmila blasted prosecutors for working in the testimony. He called it a new "low."

Complete coverage of the Drew Peterson case on Crimesider

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