Today is the second day of Peterson’s trial for allegedly attempting to hire a hit man to kill Illinois State’s Attorney, James Glasgow while incarcerated at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois.
This morning, inmate Antonio Smith continued his testimony from the witness stand and the first of the covert recordings were played in court.
Although at times hard to hear, there are numerous mentions of the States Attorney, James Glasgow (no explicit offer from Peterson to kill him for a fee yet) and “projects” between Peterson and Smith that included an idea for Peterson using his pilots license to move drugs between the US and Mexico are discussed.
On the tapes Peterson made reference to Stacy Peterson being alive, which rankled Smith because he insists that Peterson had confessed earlier to having killed her.
Peterson complained that Glasgow would never leave him alone and even if he won his appeal, he’d be charged with killing Stacy. He thought that if Glasgow was out of the picture, he could no longer cozy up to the Will County judges and influence their decisions.
Peterson also bemoaned that a woman named Nicole had stopped visiting him in prison.
Pete Spitler of the Randolph Herald Tribune has been tweeting updates, which I’ll continue to share throughout the afternoon.
Make sure to refresh this page often for the latest updates. I’ll also share anything else interesting in the comments thread.
Combined with yesterday and today, Antonio Smith has testified for 4 hours and 56 minutes thus far.
That is total time on the stand, including time spent listening to recordings
At this point, we’ve heard conversations from Nov. 13-14, still on Nov. 15
1:28 p.m. and we begin afternoon session
Smith talking about how his uncle got involved in the plot. Tried to set it up that Glasgow was getting killed for Smith, not Peterson
Peterson telling a story about helping family members
Peterson boasting a bit about his power at Bolingbrook PD and going on TV shows and becoming a celebrity
“He was able to get me with an unprosecutable case.” – Peterson on Glasgow. “Because of the corruption.”
Peterson talking about his time in Narcotics now
“I told my lawyers ‘How much would you give me if I jumped up and bit that (expletive) nose off?’” Peterson
Peterson still talking about 2012 case “The preacher got up there and lied.”
Peterson talking about drug trafficking down south again
“If I get out of here, that’s my goal to set that up.” – Peterson
Peterson talking about his health issues in prison, including a hernia and how he’s unable to lift weights
Back again to Mexico: “With all this homeland security and shit going on, they’re looking at everything.” – Peterson
Peterson says “I used to be the best in Illinois.” adds he “had a gift for bullshit.”
Peterson talking about going to Vegas and girls being all excited to meet him
Peterson talking about how much for a woman to achieve an orgasm. #NotMakingThisUp
Wolf of Wall Street movie reference
More than an hour into this recording now. Wondering how this is helping the prosecution?
Smith clarifies that he wanted his uncle to know the Glasgow hit was for him, not Peterson.
Just as an FYI, this is the longest recording of the case thus far. Started at 1:28 p.m. and still going (at 2:44)
Smith states that he would call his uncle from a prison yard phone. States Peterson warned him conversation would be recorded
Inmates gossiping now
Proceedings taking afternoon break. Will recess at 4:30 p.m.
(make sure to follow Pete Spitler for live case updates.)
Back from break. Finish recording of conversation. Smith asks to point out where the conversation with Padilla took place.
More inmate gossiping
Another recorded conversation coming. At this point, Antonio Smith has been on the stand for more than 7 hours during the first two days
Peterson and Smith talking about women’s magazines
Now we’re up to Nov. 16
Another conversation in the yard
Hard to hear the conversation, some low murmuring going on
Attorneys meeting with judge
Attorneys suggest tomorrow’s proceedings to begin at 8:45 a.m.
Judge Brown advising jurors again to avoid media coverage of case. “Have a good evening and we’ll try and get started at 8:45 a.m.”