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Drew Peterson Trial: Former co-worker testifies Peterson offered him $25,000 to hire a hitman to kill third wife

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File photo of former police sergeant Drew Peterson at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., for his arraignment AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

(CBS/AP) JOLIET, Ill. - A man who says Drew Peterson offered him $25,000 to hire someone to kill his third wife, Kathleen Savio, testifies today at the former Illinois police officer's murder trial.

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Jeff Pachter is the first witness Wednesday.

Judge Edward Burmila initially said prosecutors couldn't broach the hit-man allegation, but Burmila handed prosecutors a legal victory Tuesday by allowing them to introduce it.

Prosecutors accuse Peterson of killing Savio himself in 2004. But they contend the hit-man testimony gives them the chance to demonstrate how Peterson thought about killing Savio months before she died.

Neighbors found Savio's body in her bathtub with a gash on the back of her head. Peterson wasn't charged in her death until three years later after his fourth wife disappeared.

Complete coverage of the Drew Peterson case on Crimesider

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