Would-be hit man, Antonio Smith, aka “Beast”, led away from the courthouse in Franklin County on February 25, 2011, after being sentenced for attempted murder and home invasion.
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.
Yesterday opening arguments were presented and witnesses James Glasgow, former Bolingbrook Police Department deputy chief Kevin McCarthy, FBI Special Agent Hugh Williamson, FBI special agent Ron Bratcher were called as well as the would-be hit man, himself, Antonio “The Beast” Smith, aka “Individual A”.
Smith testified that not only did Peterson attempt to hire him to kill States Attorney James Glasgow for the sum of $10,000, but that he also made statement amounting to confession to killing his third wife, Stacy.
Mr. Smith will continue his testimony today. Surreptitious recordings between Drew Peterson and the witnesses are expected to be played.
Cameras are still not allowed in court in Randolph County, but reporters are tweeting updates and I will copy them here and in the comments thread throughout the day. Make sure to refresh to get the most current updates.
First, an exchange between former Peterson attorney, Joel Brodsky and reporter, Jon Seidel:
Following updates re from the twitter stream of Jon Siedel, Federal Courts reporter for the Chicago Sun Times.
#DrewPeterson is back in the courtroom — and the judge is taking his seat
Day 2 will apparently start with arguments about how much of the recordings to play.
#DrewPeterson atty Lucas Liefer said yesterday he wants the jury to hear an entire day, rather than just a snippet of a day
#DrewPeterson atty doesn’t want comments taken out of context. Prosecutors may not want jurors to fall asleep before they hear the good part
State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker says there is a 93-page transcript of one day of recordings.
Judge tells Liefer he can play all the tapes he wants on cross-examination.
#DrewPeterson attorney asks for mistrial over Stacy Peterson testimony
#DrewPeterson attorney complaining about media reports of Peterson’s alleged Stacy Peterson confession
Walker says case isn’t tried in the media.
Judge denies mistrial motion
Antonio Smith — “Beast” — is back on the witness stand.
#DrewPeterson is back in his black pants and white t-shirt today. And he appears to be wearing glasses.
Smith received the recording device he wore on #DrewPeterson on Nov. 13, 2014.
Prosecutors admitting recordings from Nov. 13, 2014-Nov. 17, 2014.
Prosecutors now admitting transcripts of the recordings.
Pros seeks to publish Nov. 13, 2014 recording.
They will start 17:30 minutes into recording.
REALLY hard to make out what is being said on #DrewPeterson recordings
Can barely make out a word of this. Lots of laughing. Sounds like inmates goofing around.
Getting better, though.
Ok. So that started out pretty inaudible at first. But #DrewPeterson could later be heard pretty clearly.
#DrewPeterson talked about Bolingbrook. “It’s where I live.”
#DrewPeterson also said he can’t go to Stateville b/c it’s too close to Bolingbrook
Also sounded like #DrewPeterson talked to Smith about “trying to set some stuff up.” Said all of his mail is gone through.
Recordings continuing now.
Sounds like Smith asked #DrewPeterson if he wanted Glasgow gone. Peterson said “yes.”
Then #DrewPeterson made his comment about Glasgow going golfing with all the judges. “With that happening, how can you fight that?”
Recording ends with Antonio Smith saying, “Got it! Day one down … Hope you guys got that.”
Smith testifying about kites between him and #DrewPeterson
Smith wrote a kite to #DrewPeterson asking if Drew “still needed Glasgow dead” and asking for green light.
#DrewPeterson wrote back, “let’s put a green light on all of our projects.”
#DrewPeterson said his “appeal is blowing the state’s case out of the water,” but it was almost impossible to fight corrupt politics
#DrewPeterson also said he was working on “a couple of business deals”
Smith testifies he had a couple of business deals going with #DrewPeterson, “but the first one was to kill James Glasgow.”
Prosecutors preparing to play another recording from Nov. 14, 2014
Looks like we’re taking a break instead.
Audio is off in the courtroom. They might have taken the jury out to argue.
Attorneys clearly arguing, but nothing can be heard.
Audio back. Sounds like they were arguing about the jury’s use of transcripts. Judge will let jurors use them.
Jury is back in.
Another recording about to be played.
Recording will start 9:42 in.
#DrewPeterson believed he’d be charged in Stacy’s death if he wins his appeal, per recording
On latest recording, #DrewPeterson can be heard talking about landing a plane on someone’s property “on the other side of Mexico.”
#DrewPeterson and Smith talked about getting involved with drug cartels
#DrewPeterson also told Smith to “wait until we get a chance to talk” — an alleged reference to Glasgow plot
Smith thought #DrewPeterson was already locked up for Stacy Peterson’s murder
#DrewPeterson trial takes a break
#DrewPeterson trial is back, and another recording is about to be played