Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial: Day 6 – Prosecution closing arguments

Drew Peterson, James Glasgow and Antonio Smith.

Drew Peterson, James Glasgow and Antonio Smith.

Today is the last 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.

Closing arguments will be presented by both the prosecution and the defense and then the jury will be given their instructions and left to their deliberations.

Have you taken a look yet at the complete transcripts of the conversations between Drew Peterson and fellow inmate Antonio “Beast” Smith recorded secretly between Nov. 13-29, 2014?

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9:15

Cassandra Cales, sister of Stacy Peterson, sitting in court awaiting closing arguments

Drew Peterson has entered the courtroom for closing arguments

Judge giving instructions to jury on closing arguments.

AAG Steve Nate to deliver closing statements for prosecution. RCSA Jeremy Walker to have rebuttal.

Nate: #DrewPeterson received a prison sentence in 2013 “that was basically a death sentence.”

Nate talking about Glasgow being the one person who changed #DrewPeterson’s life. Pauses for effect.

Glasgow responsible for that change

Nate now fiddling with his laptop that’s in the middle of the courtroom. “Best laid plans,” he jokes

Closings now paused to deal with technical difficulties

Nate playing recording of #DrewPeterson sentencing rant.

It was a recording of #DrewPeterson telling Glasgow he orchestrated the “largest railroad job that ever took place in this country.”

Nate: “Make no mistake about it. He hates James Glasgow”

Audio is when Peterson challenged Glasgow to “look him in the eye.” Nate asks jury to consider the hatred in Peterson’s voice.

Nate highlighting Nov. 15 recorded conversation between Peterson and CI Antonio Smith.

“It’s from that hate, from that anger, from that rage that (Peterson) came up with an idea that he thought would solve all his problems.”

Day #DrewPeterson sentenced in 2013 was “the day his life changed forever. He was 59 – it was basically a death sentence for him,” Nate said

Nate now arguing against the defense’s tactic of attacking Smith’s reputation

Nate: Smith didn’t ask for sentence reduction or money until after recordings of #DrewPeterson were made

Nate: You know Smith told the truth “because his testimony is corroborated by the defendant’s own words.”

Nate: #DrewPeterson “can’t get around the recordings, ladies and gentlemen. They can’t get around his own words.”

“Why did the def. spend so much time talking about Antonio Smith and attacking his reputation? Because they can’t get around the recordings”

Nate arguing that the attacks on Smith’s reputation were to distract jury from recordings.

“There was no mistake (Peterson) chose Antonio Smith. He thought he had someone he could manipulate.” – AAG Nate

Nate: #DrewPeterson is the one who picked Antonio Smith

Nate: “It was no mistake that he chose Antonio Smith. He thought he had somebody that he could manipulate.”

Nate talking about how Smith became a protector for Peterson by standing up for him at Menard.

“…despite all the attacks on the character of Mr. Smith, the defendant (is) the one that chose Mr. Smith as a witness…” AAG Nate said.

Nate: #DrewPeterson “kept talking about it. Kept wanting it done.”

Meanwhile, Smith had no intention of having Glasgow killed, Nate says.

“He thought he had this young gang banger who was in for a long sentence for attempted murder, and he thought this is a guy who could get the job done,

“..but he also thot he was a young guy and he thot he could charm him,” Nate said. “But he underestimated Antonio Smith.”

Nate: Will County took minimal role in investigation. It was FBI’s investigation, “not Will County’s.”

Nate: “The FBI and the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office were the only ones who knew about it.”

“You had the opportunity to hear James Glasgow testify. You saw his demeanor when he testified about Drew Peterson.” – AAG Nate

Nate on Glasgow: “Did he strike you as somebody that was obsessed with

Nate: “Who’s obsessed with who? I submit it’s the defendant who’s obsessed with James Glasgow, not the other way around.”

Nate: This case is about “those words that came out of his mouth, the defendant’s mouth.”

Prosecution says Will County States Attorney played minimal role in this murder for hire investigation

Nate: This case is about “those words that came out of his mouth, the defendant’s mouth.”

Nate: #DrewPeterson told Smith “the only way to link me to the whole thing is you.”

“Peterson was counting on Smith being the only one who knew about (the murder plot) and was hoping nobody would believe Antonio Smith.”

Nate: “He was counting on Smith being the only one who knew anything about this.” But #DrewPeterson didn’t know he was being recorded.

“His voice would get lower and more secretive when he talked about James Glasgow” – Prosecution says about #DrewPeterson

Nate acknowledges listening to recordings was “tedious.” Said he knows jury wanted to “throttle” him when he pulled one out.

Nate: #DrewPeterson only talked to Smith on recordings about Glasgow plot. “There’s a reason for that. Because this was real.”

“This was real, this wasn’t just prison talk. He wanted Glasgow dead and because of that, he’s going to limit who he’s going to talk to.”

“If all inmates talk about killing the prosecutor, why is (Peterson) only talking to Antonio Smith about it?” – AAG Nate

Nate playing another recording.

Nate: “There is no doubt about his guilt.”

Nate says recordings confirm that Peterson and Smith talked about hit man plot in 2013.

Nate says jailhouse “kites” — or letters — also confirm that #DrewPeterson and Smith had previous discussions about killing Glasgow

Nate playing conversation when Smith asks Peterson what would happen if Glasgow is gone by Christmas.

(Audio on Nate’s microphone goes out)

Pros play recording where Smith tells #DrewPeterson there “ain’t no turning back.” Then Peterson says they’ll get some booze to celebrate.

Prosecution: Even though Peterson never said “murder” or “kill” in recordings, there is no doubt that’s what he’s talking about.

Nate: “Is there any doubt in your mind what the defendant was talking about?”

Nate: #DrewPeterson believed he would be charged with murder of Stacy Peterson. “This is a real fear that he has.”

Nate talking about how Peterson thought Glasgow would charge him with Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

Now moving on to Nov. 16 conversations.

Nate: #DrewPeterson talked about getting charged in Will County because that’s where he thought Glasgow’s murder would happen

“it would just be his word against Smith,” Nate sed. “But he was wrong, b/c he was linking himself to the whole thing on the recordings…”

…He was linking himself to the whole thing with his own words.” AAG Nate said

Nate: “You heard the defendant talking about how he’s going to watch the news after Glasgow’s dead.”

Nate: “All these conversations he had about Glasgow being dead prove he’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

“There is no doubt that he requested Antonio Smith to find someone to kill James Glasgow.” “He said it, he meant it and he’s guilty.”

Nate: #DrewPeterson “assumed the old role of a cop interrogating a suspect” when he became suspicious of Smith.

Nate now playing conversation that includes “Spidey senses” statement.

“Why is he concerned with all that if this was a joke? Why does he care? Because this is real. He wanted James Glasgow killed.”

Prosecution: Peterson’s tone and mannerisms during recordings prove the murder for hire plot wasn’t just a joke, he took it seriously

Nate now beginning to go over the elements of the crimes.

Nate talking about tools jurors will have during deliberations – including common sense, exhibits and juror instructions.

Nate tells jurors it also doesn’t matter that Smith never intended to arrange the hit. The key intent belongs to Peterson

“The law recog. that the intent is (Peterson’s) intent, not Smith’s intent….this crime was complete when the words came out of his mouth.”

Nate to jurors: “No steps had to be taken to kill James Glasgow,” in order for #DrewPeterson to be guilty

“There’s no doubt, ladies and gentlemen, that his intent was to have Glasgow murdered.” – AAG Nate

#DrewPeterson’s arms are crossed as Nate continues his closing — and begins to tell jurors about circumstantial evidence.

Nate comparing a rainstorm to circumstantial evidence.

Nate: #DrewPeterson “has a deep hatred for James Glasgow” and showed it at his February 2013 sentencing

“Why all this paranoia if all of this is a joke?” – AAG Nate

Nate asking jurors to rely on common sense. “There’s no other way to interpret those recordings. He said it, he meant it and he’s guilty.”

Nate is done and jury takes 15-minute mid-morning break.

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