JOLIET, Ill. -- The judge at Drew Peterson's murder trial is again considering a mistrial.
Judge Edward Burmila on Tuesday blasted prosecutors for violating his order not to discuss whether the former police officer's third wife, Kathleen Savio, once asked for an order of protection against him. Peterson is charged in her 2004 death.
Peterson's attorneys called the prosecution's actions unfair. The judge gave prosecutors a short time to respond Tuesday afternoon.
Burmila told prosecutors earlier in the day not to mention the order of protection.
The prosecutor who mentioned the order apologized to the judge, saying it was her fault.
Authorities initially ruled that Savio accidentally drowned in her bathtub. But after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007, Savio's body was re-examined and her death was reclassified as a homicide.
The Associated Press