The defense team representing a Texas man accused of killing his wife 45 years ago in a staged gondola disintegrate apparently called for a mistrial Wednesday after prosecutors mentioned imprisoned executioner Drew Peterson during testimony.

A prosecutor mentioned Peterson’s name when she likened the direction extinction certifications were signed for Noreen Rudd and Peterson’s third spouse Kathleen Savio, The Chicago Tribune reported .

The judge told the prosecutor that bringing up the killer’s identify was “highly prejudicial” but did not declare a mistrial.

Cook County claims that Donnie Rudd married Noreen because he wanted to kill her for $120,000 in life insurance.

Authorities initially ruled the 19 -year-old woman’s death in 1973 an accident, and the now 76 -year-old Rudd wasn’t accused until late 2015 when he was living in Sugar Land, Texas.

Donnie Rudd claimed his bride was thrown from their auto after the other operator ranged them off a superhighway.

Rudd claimed his bride was shed from their car after another motorist moved them off a road. In his opening word, defense attorney Timothy Grace said the evidence will show Noreen died in a dreadful accident.

Dr. Hilary McElligott, medical doctors who autopsied Noreen in 2013, certified Wednesday that Noreen died from multiple blows to the brain with a blunt object, The Tribune reported.

McElligott apparently pointed out that she found no signs of defensive winds on the alleged victim.

Edmund DeMarche is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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