RANDOLPH COUNTY, IL (KTVI) - A notorious killer from the Chicago area was in a southern Illinois courtroom Monday morning, facing new charges that could guarantee he never walks out of prison. Drew Peterson, the former Chicago area police officer convicted in the murder of his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth, is now charged in murder for hire scheme.
Prosecutors say Peterson hatched the plot from his Chester prison cell. The target: the man who put him there, Wall County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.
Authorities said little about who Peterson tried to hire or how he was caught, though a corrections department source tells FOX 2 there’s little chance of making this sort of case without investigative work both inside and outside prison walls.
Peterson is housed at the maximum security Menard Correctional facility just a few minutes drive from the Randolph County Courthouse.
The arraignment was originally scheduled for 1 pm, Monday, then moved to the morning. No reason was given for the sudden change of schedule.
Insiders at the courthouse say the Peterson hearing was kept very “hush hush.” So much so, in fact, that no one from the general public showed up in the courtroom gallery to see the arraignment of the well-known killer. That’s almost unheard of in such high-profile cases.
Peterson’s current attorney, Steve Greenberg, told the Chicago Tribune that the charges are “absurd,” and that his client would have far more to lose than to gain in such an undertaking.
His former lawyer, Joel Brodsky, speaking to FOX 2 sister station WGN in Chicago had a different take, saying he’s not surprised by the allegation.
“Not really. When I was representing Drew we did a lot of things that were controversial, but apparently his new lawyers don’t have control over their client, and that’s unfortunate. “
Peterson is due back in court in Chester on March 3 at 10 am.
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