This afternoon, after calling three inmate witnesses to the stand the defense rested its case in the murder-for-hire trial of Drew Peterson.
Drew Peterson waived his right to testify and closing arguments will take place on Tuesday, the 31st. Jury deliberations should begin at about noon that day.
Drew Peterson’s attorney Lucas Leifer first called Jesus Padilla who testified in general about prison scams and snitching and said that he kept his distance from Antonio Smith after he learned that he was involved in some kind of scheme.
Albert Chavez was called next. He testified that he knew both Peterson and Smith and that he would “chow” with them but that he didn’t hang out with them when he realized they were “running a scam”.
Third called was Jacob Bohannon, who was Smith’s accomplice in the attempted murder and robbery that put them both in prison.
Bohannon testified that Smith was not truthful. “Sometimes he tells the truth, most of the time he wouldn’t.”
The prosecution had no questions for the three witnesses and after Peterson opted not to take the stand the defense rested.
On Thursday, the defense cross-examined the star witness, Antonio Smith.
Smith was questioned about his role as prison snitch at both Menard and Pontiac prisons. He admitted that he had referred to the the FBI and investigators as “bitches” and spoke about playing them in prison “kites” sent to former cellmate, Adrian Gabriel.
Smith also admitted that he had tried to negotiate for a reduced sentence and had promised the feds that he would do “anything” to get them a conviction (of Peterson).
When Smith reiterated that Peterson had told him he killed his fourth wife, Stacy, Peterson shook his head “no”.
Smith admitted that Peterson had never used the words “kill” or “murder” in regards to James Glasgow and that they had not talked about an exchange of money.
FBI Special Agent Brian Clark then testified about Smith’s involvement in the operation. He said that Smith was willing to wear recording device, and he understood the risks.
Prosecutor Steve Nate asked Clark, “Can someone ask someone to commit murder without using the word ‘murder’?” Smith answered, “Yes.”
More investigators were called to testify about how the investigation took place and then Court reporter Karen Moser was called to the stand.
Moser had been court reporter during Drew Peterson’s sentencing. A tape was played of Peterson’s rant from that day.
“Never forget my face. Never forget what you’ve done here.” Peterson said to States Attorney James Glasgow.