Pre-Trial Hearing For Leuthold

A Peoria man accused of killing his wife on Valentine's Day in 2013 is back in court for a pre-trial hearing.

Leuthold, 38, is accused of killing his wife, Denise, in their Mossville Road house on Valentine's Day of 2013 and staging a break-in to cover it up.

Leuthold claims he did not give police the okay to search his house, cellphone, laptop and car.

Prosecutors, however, presented four forms of consent signed by Leuthold. Leuthold and his attorney claim the forms were blank when he signed them.

The Journal Star reports another issue during Friday's hearing is a note supposedly written by Denise Leuthold in a day planner on which she stated she knew her husband wanted to kill her.

Luethold's attorney says that should not be allowed as evidence because it's a privileged conversation between a husband and wife. But, prosecutors say there's a difference when a spouse is accused of a violent act against the other.

Peoria County Judge Kevin Lyons said he was taking the arguments under advisement. 

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