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Drew Peterson visits mother's casket at funeral home

(MCT) — Drew Peterson spent a few moments beside his mother's casket at a Darien funeral home Thursday, a low-profile visit granted by Will County Jail officials.

Peterson, who last month was convicted of murdering his third wife, spent about 15 minutes at Modell Funeral Home and a total of less than an hour outside the jail, a source with knowledge of the day's events said.

Peterson's mother, Betty Morphey, died Monday at age 84.

Peterson will be in court Friday for a hearing on a motion filed this week by Naperville attorney John Paul Carroll, who said he has been hired by the former Bolingbrook police officer to handle the appeal of his first-degree murder conviction.

Joel Brodsky, the lawyer who led Drew Peterson's defense team and has represented Peterson since 2007, has said that Peterson did not hire Carroll to file motions in his appeal. Brodsky contends that Carroll was retained solely to represent Peterson as he tries to preserve his police pension.

Brodsky did not return calls Thursday.

Carroll said he visited with Peterson on Thursday.

"I was with Mr. Peterson today at 9 a.m.," Carroll said. "We'll have a hearing, and we'll decide what's what."

Joe Lopez, Brodsky's co-counsel, said he will be at the hearing Friday as well.

"I don't know what's going to happen," he said. "The judge will straighten it out, and we'll all find out who's still standing."

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