CHESTER, IL (KTVI) - Drew Peterson enjoyed playing tricks on prosecutors during his murder trial. That revelation came out in court in Chester, Illinois where Peterson is now being tried on a murder for hire charge.
Drew Peterson is in prison, convicted of murdering his third wife. He is suspected in the disappearance of his fourth, Stacy Peterson. During his 2012 murder trial Peterson tried to unnerve the prosecution by playing mind games.
The most critical evidence in Peterson's murder for hire case is a series of secretly recorded conversations captured at the Menard Penitentiary. They were made by Antonio Smith, Peterson's fellow inmate turned FBI informant. The prosecution says the recordings prove Peterson wanted Smith to help him hire a hit man to kill Will County State's attorney James Glasgow. The prosecutor who put peterson in prison for the murder of Kathleen Savio.
Peterson is never heard on the recordings using the words murder or kill. In the portions played for the jury, Smith and Peterson are heard talking apparently about what would happen after Glasgow's murder.
Smith: "If we see they don't have a suspect on the news, we know we're in the (expletive) clear."
Smith: "As soon as we hear it, that should be the happiest day of your life."
Peterson: "Oh, it's, I mean, you know I am, I am almost in tears that you're doing this for me."
The prosecution alleges one reason Peterson wanted to kill Glasgow is the fear he was soon going to charge him with murdering his missing wife Stacy.
Peterson: 'I'm really anticipating him bringing up the charges right before his next election.'
Smith: "Oh, alright."
Peterson: "But if he's not around, he can't."
Also played today, a recording of Peterson telling Smith he thought authorities were tapping his phone during the murder trial. He claims he used that as an opportunity to make the prosecution believe his missing wife was still alive.
Peterson: "You know how many times me and my lawyer knew they were listening? And we were telling them like, 'She's in Peoria.''
Peterson: "The next week, they were there. They were tearing up (expletive) Peoria."
If found guilty of soliciting murder, Peterson could get 60 more years in prison. In the meantime, the appeal of his murder conviction is pending before the Illinois Supreme Court.