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By MICHAEL TARM / Associated Press
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Jurors in Drew Peterson's murder trial are going home and will begin deliberations on Wednesday.
Judge Edward Burmila decided to send jurors home for the night Tuesday after closing arguments ran longer than expected.
Peterson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio. He was only charged after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing in 2007.
Prosecutors told jurors during closing arguments that overwhelming circumstantial evidence proved the former suburban Chicago police officer kill Savio.
Defense attorney Joel Lopez countered that the state had presented "garbage evidence" during their five-week presentation of more than 30 witnesses.
Prosecutors contend Peterson killed Savio because he feared a pending divorce settlement would wipe him out financially.