Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial: Day 1, Part 1

mug-5-20-16This morning Peterson’s trial for allegedly attempting to hire a hit man to kill Illinois State’s Attorney, James Glasgow begins in Chester, Illinois.

Eight men and four women, with two female alternates were seated to the jury on Friday

Cameras are still not allowed in court in Randolph County, but reporters are tweeting updates during breaks.

Throughout the day, I’ll be adding all updates, tweets, etc. to the comments thread.

Here are this morning’s Tweets from Randolph County Herald Tribune, Managing Editor, Pete Spitler.

Tweets from Pete Spitler ‏@Editor_RCHT

Walker calls his first witness – James Glasgow himself

Glasgow giving background on his career, has been a prosecutor for 26 years.

Glasgow talking about “extremely active” media coverage of case.

Assistant Attorney General Bill Elward asking Glasgow about the disappearance of Stacy Peterson

Glasgow talks about the beginning of the investigation of the death of Kathleen Savio, Peterson’s third wife.

Elward talking about Steven Peterson (Peterson’s son) being fired for transfer of firearms.

Glasgow now talking about so-called hearsay statements made in Savio case.

Elward taking jury through timeline of Savio case

Glasgow bringing up Peterson quotes from Will County case.

Glasgow says he’s received threats before

“I’ve learned that there’s no agency that maintains the integrity of an investigation like the FBI.” – Glasgow

Glasgow talking about what happens when he receives threats. Says mostly it involves local law enforcement agencies.

Elward asks Glasgow why he took this threat seriously

“I know Mr. Peterson previously committed murder, so when the threat’s made against me, it’s real.” – Glasgow

Liefer questioning Glasgow about the documents authorizing the recordings

Testimony on recordings going on now: The word “kill” wasn’t used. But the implication of kill was there.” – Glasgow

Attorneys done with Glasgow

Kevin McCarthy, a former Bolingbrook Police Department deputy chief up next. Peterson is a former Bolingbrook Police sergeant.

McCarthy talking about Peterson’s experience at Bolingbrook PD

McCarthy speaking about Peterson’s pension

McCarthy done. Hugh Williamson up next.

Williamson is a special agent in FBI’s technology division.

Elward now offering Williamson as an expert in covert body recorders based upon his experience and training.

Williamson talking about recording devices and software that’s used to record conversations

Williamson speaking on software on how the recordings can only be downloaded and listen to and not able to be edited

Elward asks if Williamson’s had a chance to examine the original disks. “I was able to validate the original disks.” he said.

Liefer’s turn to question Williamson

Liefer asking Williamson who was directly responsible for downloading the recordings. Williamson says Special Agent Hatcher.

Liefer asking about the capacity of the disks and the possibility of overloading them. Williamson said capacity is 2 GB.

Judge Brown asks Williamson to define what a “gigabyte” is

Testimony now moves to the microphone itself

Williamson steps down. Proceedings break for lunch. Brown asks to start again before 1:30 p.m.

The morning’s Tweets from Jon Seidel, Federal Courts Reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jon Seidel ‏@SeidelContent

Looks like #DrewPeterson has taken his seat at the defense table. White t-shirt, black pants. Gray hair.

Court comes to order for #DrewPeterson trial

Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker expected to give opening statements for the prosecution #DrewPeterson

#DrewPeterson trial underway with opening statements

Walker opens with #DrewPeteron’s infamous words: “Never forget my face; never forget what you have done here.

Walker: “Anger, hatred, revenge. Ladies and gentlemen, that is why we are here.” #DrewPeterson

Walker says jailhouse snitch who wore a wire on #DrewPeterson is a man named Antonio Smith.

Walker: “We have #DrewPeterson on those devices asking for Mr. Glasgow to be killed. Drew Peterson told him he wanted him dead.”

#DrewPeterson’s infamous jailhouse rant being reviewed. “All aspects of my life have been destroyed”

Walker taking jurors back in time — to disappearance of Stacy Peterson #DrewPeterson

Walker: “Mr. Smith is a big guy,” convicted of attempted murder and home invasion and doing 40 years

Walker: #DrewPeterson thought his conviction was bulls—-

Walker quotes #DrewPeterson: “They took my life”

Walker: #DrewPeterson and Smith got to know each other over basketball games, prison recipes. Smith protected Peterson.

Walker: #DrewPeterson asked Smith if someone could take care of Glasgow. “Like kill him?”

Walker: #DrewPeterson offered Smith $10,000 to have Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow killed

Walker: #DrewPeterson wanted Jim Glasgow killed going to, or coming from, his office in Joliet

Walker: #DrewPeterson provided photo of Glasgow, address of Will County State’s Attorney’s office and a list of reasons to kill Glasgow

Walker: Smith told Glasgow’s office about plot in August 2014. FBI got involved, and Smith agreed to wear a wire.

Walker: Smith now in the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Walker: Smith didn’t get a break on his sentence for helping with #DrewPeterson investigation — none was offered

First #DrewPeterson recording happened Nov. 13, 2014

Walker: Smith asked if plan was 100%. #DrewPeterson: “Not 100%. It’s better. B/C what he’s doing, he’s f—ing beating me under the table.”

Walker said #DrewPeterson believed he could win his appeal with Glasgow dead

Walker: #DrewPeterson wasn’t worried about Glasgow assistants. “They all hate Glasgow and don’t have the balls to come after me.”

Walker: #DrewPeterson suggested they celebrate Glasgow’s death with booze and later said he was “close to tears”

Walker: #DrewPeterson said Jim Glasgow’s death would be his best Christmas present

Walker: #DrewPeterson said Glasgow’s death didn’t have to be execution style

Walker: At end of Nov. 2014, #DrewPeterson says his “spidey senses” were going off. Suddenly was worried he was being set up.

Walker: Last contact between #DrewPeterson and Smith was Dec. 3, 2014

Walker: Smith got $3,200 from FBI to replace personal property lost during custody transfers. Stresses Smith got no break on his sentence.

Walker on #DrewPeterson and Glasgow: “Mr. Peterson wants him dead.”

Walker: #DrewPeterson said while planning Glasgow murder: “I’ll be in here laughing.”

Walker on #DrewPeterson: “You will hear the pure joy in this man’s voice”

Walker wraps. Lucas Liefer up next for #DrewPeterson

Liefer: “Mr. Peterson is charged with a crime of words.” #DrewPeterson

Liefer tells jury #DrewPeterson is “an innocent man” — reminding jurors of burden of proof

Liefer says #DrewPeterson case is “full of doubt”

Liefer also jokingly tells jury they will see him wear the same suit multiple days — he doesn’t have that many suits #DrewPeterson

Liefer: This case should be as simple as playing the recordings and letting you, the jury, decide the case.” #DrewPeterson

Liefer: “The recordings don’t prove anything.” #DrewPeterson

Liefer says recordings are riddled with inaudible moments and jailhouse talk

Liefer says prosecutors will do what they did in Will County: “They’re going to sensationalize the heck out of this thing.”

Liefer tells jurors not to give in to sensationalism #DrewPeterson

Liefer: “#DrewPeterson doesn’t like Jim Glasgow. In fact, he hates him.”

LIefer: It’s not uncommon for inmates to dislike their prosecutor #DrewPeterson

Liefer tells jurors #DrewPeterson recordings are “devastatingly unreliable.”

Liefer: “I don’t care who #DrewPeterson is. I never did. I still don’t.” Says he just wants Drew to have fair trial.

Liefer: “Why hasn’t #DrewPeterson slipped into the past never to be heard from again? Because they won’t let him.”

Liefer: Antonio Smith is a “full-time federal informant.” But he can’t be believed.

Liefer challenges prosecutors to play one recording in which #DrewPeterson says “murder Glasgow.”

Liefer to jurors: “I hope you wore your boots today. Because you’re going to need them.”

Opening statements done. #DrewPeterson trial takes a break. Jim Glasgow expected to take the stand.

Jim Glasgow called to the witness stand in #DrewPeterson trial

This is the first time Jim Glasgow and #DrewPeterson have been face-to-face since Peterson’s rant during his sentencing in 2013

#DrewPeterson appears to be watching Glasgow’s testimony with interest, leaning forward with his head resting in his left hand

#DrewPeterson also tapping his right hand on defense table as Glasgow testifies.

Glasgow on Stacy Peterson: “The news coverage was incredibly active. You had to be in a cocoon not to know that Stacy Peterson was missing.”

Glasgow recalling Stacy Peteron’s disappearance and investigation into Kathleen Savio’s death. Defense objecting #DrewPeterson

Glasgow reviewing indictment of #DrewPeterson for Savio’s murder and hearsay hearings

Glasgow having trouble recalling dates of #DrewPeterson’s indictment and conviction.

Now on to #DrewPeterson’s infamous jailhouse rant — the last time Glasgow and Drew were in court together.

Glasgow now reading the words of #DrewPeterson’s sentencing rant — the rant he listened to three years ago

Surreal moment as #DrewPeterson listens in court to Glasgow read the words Peterson first directed to Glasgow at his sentencing in 2013

Glasgow on #DrewPeterson rant: “Mr. Peterson was very angry thorughout the diatribe, and he was staring at me the entire time.”

Glasgow on latest #DrewPeterson case: “Once we had the FBI involved, they ran the investigation.”

Glasgow said he listened to tapes in Nov. 2014 and called the Ill. Attorney General. Had nothing to do with the case since. #DrewPeterson

Glasgow: “I know that Mr. Peterson previously committed murder. And, so, when the threat is made against me, it’s real.”

Glasgow asked on cross about lost election: “I lost an election to an individual whose father was indicted three years later.”

Glasgow says he signed document authorizing #DrewPeterson overhear “for the safety of my family.”

Glasgow concedes he didn’t hear the words “murder” or “kill” on #DrewPeterson recordings, but “implication was there.”

Glasgow: Based on 36 years in law enforcement, “it was clear to me that there was going to be my demise as a result.”

Glasgow on #DrewPeterson: “He’s like every other murderer.”

Glasgow is done.

Former Bolingbrook Police Chief Kevin McCarthy on the stand now in #DrewPeterson trial

Now on second witness, this trial is moving much faster than #DrewPeterson’s first trial, which was plagued by mistrial motions

McCarthy is now talking about efforts to have #DrewPeterson’s pension revoked

McCarthy said Glasgow had nothing to do with efforts to have #DrewPeterson pension revoked.

McCarthy done. Prosecution calling Hugh Williamson. Third witness.

FBI Special Agent Hugh Williamson on the stand.

Williamson is reviewing his professional background.

Williamson now talking about the recording device worn by Antonio Smith against #DrewPeterson

Williamson says it’s a little computer. Can’t override it, back it up or “do anything with it.” Just download what’s recorded.

Williamson on recording device: “It’s all programmed like you program a VCR.” Start/end times pre-set.

#DrewPeterson lawyer Lucas Liefer trying to find ways to attack authenticity of recordings. Williamson not giving him much to work with.

Williamson said even copies of a recording can be authenticated.

Williamson done. #DrewPeterson trial breaks for lunch until about 1:30 p.m.

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14 thoughts on “Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial: Day 1, Part 1

  1. Tweets from Pete Spitler ‏@Editor_RCHT

    Walker calls his first witness – James Glasgow himself

    Glasgow giving background on his career, has been a prosecutor for 26 years.

    Glasgow talking about “extremely active” media coverage of case.

    Assistant Attorney General Bill Elward asking Glasgow about the disappearance of Stacy Peterson

    Glasgow talks about the beginning of the investigation of the death of Kathleen Savio, Peterson’s third wife.

    Elward talking about Steven Peterson (Peterson’s son) being fired for transfer of firearms.

    Glasgow now talking about so-called hearsay statements made in Savio case.

    Elward taking jury through timeline of Savio case

    Glasgow bringing up Peterson quotes from Will County case.

    Glasgow says he’s received threats before

    “I’ve learned that there’s no agency that maintains the integrity of an investigation like the FBI.” – Glasgow

    Glasgow talking about what happens when he receives threats. Says mostly it involves local law enforcement agencies.

    Elward asks Glasgow why he took this threat seriously

    “I know Mr. Peterson previously committed murder, so when the threat’s made against me, it’s real.” – Glasgow

    Liefer questioning Glasgow about the documents authorizing the recordings

    Testimony on recordings going on now: The word “kill” wasn’t used. But the implication of kill was there.” – Glasgow

    Attorneys done with Glasgow

    Kevin McCarthy, a former Bolingbrook Police Department deputy chief up next. Peterson is a former Bolingbrook Police sergeant.

    McCarthy talking about Peterson’s experience at Bolingbrook PD

    McCarthy speaking about Peterson’s pension

    McCarthy done. Hugh Williamson up next.

    Williamson is a special agent in FBI’s technology division.

    Elward now offering Williamson as an expert in covert body recorders based upon his experience and training.

    Williamson talking about recording devices and software that’s used to record conversations

    Williamson speaking on software on how the recordings can only be downloaded and listen to and not able to be edited

    Elward asks if Williamson’s had a chance to examine the original disks. “I was able to validate the original disks.” he said.

    Liefer’s turn to question Williamson

    Liefer asking Williamson who was directly responsible for downloading the recordings. Williamson says Special Agent Hatcher.

    Liefer asking about the capacity of the disks and the possibility of overloading them. Williamson said capacity is 2 GB.

    Judge Brown asks Williamson to define what a “gigabyte” is

    Testimony now moves to the microphone itself

    Williamson steps down. Proceedings break for lunch. Brown asks to start again before 1:30 p.m.

  2. Glasgow was the first witness in the solicitation trial, which began Monday with opening statements.

    During his opening statement, prosecutor Jeremy Walker said Peterson told the fellow inmate that it would be “the best Christmas present ever” if the inmate could arrange to have Glasgow killed.

    “Anger, hatred, revenge. Ladies and gentlemen, that is why we’re here,” Walker told the jury.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-drew-peterson-trial-20160523-story.html

  3. Liefer said the jury will have a “hard time deciphering the recordings” supposedly captured by Smith, and insisted they make no mention of Peterson trying to have Glasgow murdered or killed.

    “He does say that he wishes James Glasgow was gone and that his life would be better if James Glasgow was gone,” Liefer conceded, but pointed out that could mean anything from a kidnapping to a failed bid for re-election.

    Walker told the jury that Peterson and Smith struck up a friendship after Peterson backed Smith’s bets in a prison yard free throw shooting contest. Smith then interceded when another inmate posed a threat to Peterson, whom he believed “lied on him” and got him sent to segregation, Walker said.

    If anyone harmed Peterson, Smith said he would “beat they ass,” according to Walker.

    Peterson and Smith eventually took to preparing meals together, Walker said, and their relationship culminated with Peterson asking Smith to find him a hitman.

    When Peterson believed the murderous plan was actually going to come together, he cried tears of happiness, Walker said.

    http://patch.com/illinois/channahon-minooka/drew-peterson-consumed-james-glasgow-or-it-other-way-around-0

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