CHESTER, IL (KTVI) - Jurors in the Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial spent the day Tuesday listening to secretly recorded tapes made in prison, allegedly showing Peterson tried to hire a hitman to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, the prosecutor who put him behind bars for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
The inmate turned informant, Antonio Smith, agreed to wear a hidden recorder to catch Peterson allegedly making plans for the hit.
Smith, 25, was an inmate at Menard Penitentiary, who alerted authorities to the alleged plot and then agreed to wear a hidden recorder to catch Peterson talking about it.
In conversations before the taping began, Smith said Peterson made it clear to him he wanted his help hiring a hit man for $10,000.
The words “kill” and “murder” are never heard on the recordings, but there are occasions when the conversation refers to Glasgow as being “gone.”
Smith strung Peterson along, saying he could get his uncle to do the job after claiming a gang tried to carry out the hit but failed.
On tape, Peterson is heard saying, “There’s not going to be a repeat of…it will be carefully planned out.”
Smith testified Peterson was referring to the alleged plan to kill Glasgow.
On tape, Peterson also said, “Before you give the green light to your uncle, talk to me.”
Peterson is also heard complaining Glasgow prosecuted him only because he was a “big fish” and that Glasgow was interfering with his appeal.
“He’ll never leave me alone; if I get out he is going to charge me with Stacy,” Peterson said.
Peterson, a former police officer in suburban Chicago, could also be heard on the tapes saying if he wins his appeal, he planned to fly to Mexico to work for a drug cartel.