Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial: Day 1, Part 2

Drew Peterson, James Glasgow and Antonio Smith.

Drew Peterson, James Glasgow and Antonio Smith.

This 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. This morning opening arguments took place and the first three witnesses – James Glasgow, former Bolingbrook Police Department deputy chief Kevin McCarthy, and FBI Special Agent Hugh Williamson were heard.

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

You’ll want to refresh this page often to see the latest updates.

To see the updates from this morning see today’s earlier post.

From the Tweets of Pete Spitler, Editor at the Randolph County Herald Tribune.

1:34 p.m. we are back in session. State calls FBI special agent Ron Bratcher as its next witness

Bratcher says recording devices were pre-programmed to come on at set times on weekdays and weekends.

“Once you programmed it and activated it, you couldn’t turn it off. It was on, period.” – Bratcher

Bratcher: recordings were programmed a week at a time

Bratcher explaining how the recorder plugs into the laptop

Assistant Attorney General Bill Elward back talking about the “covert body recorders,” which has proven to be a buzzword on opening day

Elward presenting CDs of recordings. Bratcher verifies they are original. “It’s got my handwriting on it and marked original.”

Liefer’s turn at Bratcher now

Liefer asks about Bratcher’s training prior to the investigation

Liefer quizzing Bratcher on validation process of the recordings

Elward is back, asking Bratcher about security of recordings

Bratcher is done.

2:00

Attorneys wanting to speak to judge now. Jurors taken to jury room

Some Tweets from Jon Seidel,Federal Courts Reporter, Chicago Sun-Times

#DrewPeterson attorney tells judge if prosecutors want to play a portion of a day, they have to play the whole day

Prosecutor on how much of #DrewPeterson recordings to play: “Life is short.”

But #DrewPeterson defense attorney worries prosecutors will take recordings out of context.

Back to Pete Spitler

Prosecution calls Antonio Smith, AKA “The Beast” to the stand

Smith going over his background, including he is a Sesser-Valier High School alumnus

Smith says his “Beast” nickname was given to him by The Saint’s Disciples in prison.

Smith said he held various positions with The Saint’s Disciples, including treasurer and board member

Smith said he was given a book and a copy of the Lifetime movie of Peterson while in prison.

Elward asks if Smith read the book. “No, I just looked at the pictures.”

Smith describing the inmate schedule at Menard

Smith identifying buildings at Menard, specifically where Protective Custody is

Smith and Peterson met during a game of basketball in the yard when Peterson stepped up to cover a bet of Smith.

Smith and Peterson met during a game of basketball in the yard when Peterson stepped up to cover a bet by Smith with inmate Jesus Padilla

Assistant Attorney General Steve Nate quizzing Smith now on where he and Peterson would talk

Questions finally getting to Glasgow

Smith said Peterson would talk about Glasgow “a lot”

Smith talking about a conversation with Peterson about Stacy Peterson

“He made a comment that stated that the clergyman didn’t know he was talking to a dead woman.” – Smith

Smith indicates that comment meant Peterson was telling him that he killed Stacy, but Smith didn’t ask Peterson any questions about it.

Smith talking about conversations to kill Glasgow, said he had no intention to find someone to kill him for Peterson

2:45

Smith: “He (Peterson) admitted to me that he killed Stacy Peterson.”

Smith said Stacy knew Peterson had killed Kathleen

Smith said Peterson told him it would be better for all inmates if Glasgow was dead

Jury will take afternoon break until 3:15. Jurors will hear a telephone call between Smith and an officer at Internal Affairs.

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22 thoughts on “Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial: Day 1, Part 2

  1. Via Pete Spitler
    @Editor_RCHT

    1:34 p.m. we are back in session. State calls FBI special agent Ron Bratcher as its next witness

    Bratcher says recording devices were pre-programmed to come on at set times on weekdays and weekends.

    “Once you programmed it and activated it, you couldn’t turn it off. It was on, period.” – Bratcher

    Bratcher: recordings were programmed a week at a time

    Bratcher explaining how the recorder plugs into the laptop

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