Drew Peterson, ex-Illinois police officer convicted of wife's murder, on trial again

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Opening Statements to Begin in Drew Peterson Murder-for-Hire Trial

Drew Peterson, a former Chicago-area police officer who is in prison for murdering his wife, went on trial on Monday on charges that he tried to hire someone in 2014 to kill the prosecutor who won his conviction.

Peterson, 62, is accused of trying to contract the killing of James Glasgow, the Will County prosecutor.

He allegedly sought a hit man from prison, where he is serving a 38-year sentence for the 2004 murder of Kathleen Savio, his third wife, a case that was made into a television movie starring Rob Lowe.

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Drew Peterson was set to appear in court Monday on charges that he tried to hire a hitman to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, sources told WGN. Peterson was convicted of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio in 2012 and is a suspect in his fourth wife's disappearance.
Attorneys for Drew Peterson's defense, from left, Joe Lopez, David Peilet and Steve Greenberg hold a news conference outside the Will County Courthouse after Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the murder of Kathleen Savio, on Thursday, February 21, 2013, in Joliet, Illinois. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Will County's State's Attorney James W. Glasgow holds a news conference at Joliet City Hall in Joliet, Illinois, after Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the murder of Kathleen Savio on Thursday, February 21, 2013. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Will County's State's Attorney James W. Glasgow, left, shakes hands with Cassandra Cales, the sister of Stacy Peterson, after a news conference at City Hall in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, February 21, 2013, where it was announced that Drew Peterson was denied a new trial in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and sentenced to 38 years in prison. Drew Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, is still missing. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow holds a news conference outside Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, September 6, 2012, following the murder conviction of Drew Peterson in the death of Kathleen Savio. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Family of Kathleen Savio, including stepmother Marcia Savio, left, half-brother Nicholas Savio, center, and father Henry Savio, right, make a statement outside Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, September 6, 2012, after Drew Peterson was found guilty of killing Kathleen Savio. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Court-watchers applaud the guilty verdict in Drew Peterson's murder trial outside Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, September 6, 2012, after the former police officer was found guilty of killing Kathleen Savio. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Kathleen Savio's stepmother, Marcia Savio, center, and Kathleen Savio's father, Henry Savio, right, walk outside Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois, on Thursday, September 6, 2012, after Drew Peterson was found guilty of killing Kathleen Savio. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow arrives for jury instructions in the Drew Peterson trial at Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Illinois, Wednesday, September 5, 2012. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL - JULY 31: Joel Brodsky, attorney for Drew Peterson, leaves the Will County Courthouse during a recess in Peterson's murder trial July 31, 2012 in Joliet, Illinois. Opening arguments in Peterson's trial began today. Peterson, a former Bolingbrook, Illinois police sergeant is on trial for the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio. Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife Stacy Peterson. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife. State and local prosecutors said Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, that Peterson has been charged with solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation for murder after allegedly trying to hire someone to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, the prosecutor who led the 2012 trial that resulted in the former police officer being convicted of killing his third wife. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow talks to reporters in Joliet, Ill., after a judge rejected a defense retrial motion for Drew Peterson and then sentenced Peterson to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio. State and local prosecutors said Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, that Peterson is charged with solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation for murder after allegedly trying to hire someone to kill Glasgow while Peterson was in prison. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
This undated photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows Drew Peterson who has been charged with trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who convicted Peterson of killing his third wife. State and local prosecutors said Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, that Peterson is charged with solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation for murder after allegedly trying to hire someone to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, while Peterson was in prison. (AP Photo/Illinois Department of Corrections)
Drew Peterson's defense team from left, Joseph Lopez, David Peilet, and Steve Greenberg, talk to reporters after Will County Judge Edward Burmila rejected their retrial motion for Peterson, and then sentencing Peterson to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Will County States Attorney James W. Glasgow talks to reporters calling Drew Peterson a cold blooded killer after Judge Edward Burmila sentenced Peterson to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
FILE - This 2013 file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows imprisoned former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson. Peterson's lawyer argues in an appeal mailed Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, that a judge and a defense attorney made critical errors during the trial that ended with the former Chicago-area policeman convicted of killing Savio, denying him a fair trial. (AP Photo/Illinois Department of Corrections, File)
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow waves as he leaves the Will County Courthouse for lunch, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Joliet, Ill., during the second day of a hearing in Drew Peterson's request for a new trial. Retired judge Daniel Locallo testified Wednesday as the defense sought to bolster arguments Peterson deserved a retrial on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson's attorneys contend his former lead trial attorney, Joel Brodsky, botched his case. Locallo told the judge that Brodsky made a major mistake by calling one witness whose testimony badly backfired on the defense. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
FILE - This May 7, 2009 file photo provided by the Will County, Ill., Sheriff's office shows former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson. On Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, less than 24 hours after screaming out his innocence in court, Peterson was transferred from jail to an Illinois state prison in Joliet to begin serving a 38-year term for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. (AP Photo/Will County Sheriff's Office, File)
Joel Brodsky, center, former attorney for convicted murderer Drew Peterson answers questions as he leaves the Will County Courthouse Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Joliet, Ill. after a special hearing involving Peterson's murder trial. A judge recessed Tuesday after the defense sought to bolster arguments Peterson deserved a retrial on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson's attorneys contend Brodsky his former lead trial attorney, botched his case. Among witnesses they called was Brodsky. Current Peterson attorney Steve Greenberg questioned him. The hearing resumes Wednesday. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo shows former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson's Defense team, lead by Joel Brodsky, front right, leaving the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill. Court documents show Oct. 10, 2012 Peterson has a new attorney, who’s making a case that the former police officer’s defense team botched the case. A month before Peterson is set to be sentenced for killing his third wife, a motion filed Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, on behalf of Peterson asks a judge to toss his conviction on grounds his colorful, shades-wearing lawyer botched his defense. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Jeff Ruby and Stephanie Freitage embrace outside the Will County Courthouse after word spread that former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson was found guilty of murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Marcia Savio, stepmother of Kathleen Savio speaks outside the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, after a jury convicted former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson of murdering his wife, Kathleen, in 2004. He faces a maximum 60-year prison term when sentenced on Nov. 26. Illinois has no death penalty. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Will County States Attorney James Glasgow walks to the Will County Courthouse during the second day of jury deliberations in the Drew Peterson murder trial, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Joliet, Ill. The jury reconvened Thursday after failing to reach a verdict during more than eight hours of deliberations Wednesday. Peterson has pleaded not guilty to murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. The former Illinois police officer was charged after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 in Joliet, Ill., Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow enters the Will County Courthouse as the Drew Peterson murder trial continues. The trial in which Peterson is accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, is heavily based on hearsay evidence and has been complicated by a series of blunders by the prosecution team. As the trial heads into its fourth week, it is anyone's guess which legal team holds the upper hand. Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but never has been charged in her case. (AP Photo/M Spencer Green, File)
Former Bolingbrook, Ill, police sergeant Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse,Friday, May 22, 2009, in Joliet, Ill., forr a court appearance. Peterson has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Former Bolingbrook, Ill, police sergeant Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse,Friday, May 22, 2009, in Joliet, Ill., forr a court appearance. Peterson has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Former Bolingbrook, Ill, police sergeant Drew Peterson leaves the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill.,Thursday, May 21, 2009, after a court appearance. A new judge has been appointed in the murder case against former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson. Will County Chief Judge Gerald Kinney on Thursday appointed Carla J. Alessio-Policandriotes to oversee the case. Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Anna Doman, sister of Kathleen Savio is comforted Mitchell Doman outside the Will County Courthouse after a bond hearing where Judge Carla J. Alessio-Policandriotes refused to reduce former Bolingbrook, Ill, police sergeant Drew Peterson's $20 million bond Friday, May 22, 2009, in Joliet, Ill. Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in his third wife Kathleen Savio's 2004 death. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill. police Sgt. Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., for his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. Savio was found dead in a dry bathtub in her home in 2004. Her death was initially ruled a suicide, but officials exhumed her body and ruled the death a homicide. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
A van carrying former Bolingbrook, Ill, police sergeant Drew Peterson leaves the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill.,Thursday, May 21, 2009, after a court appearance. Prosecutors got their wish when a new judge was appointed to preside in the case. But arguments over reducing bond from to under $500,000 were put off until Friday. . Peterson has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson leaves the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., after his arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife Kathleen Savio. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, prosecutors resume their case against Peterson in the second week of his trial. They got off to a rocky start, enduring frequent tongue-lashings from the judge over testimony that he has deemed inadmissable. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
Drew Peterson, center, accompanied by his attorney Joel Brodsky, left, is interviewed on the NBC "Today" television program by co-host Matt Lauer, in New York Tuesday Oct. 28, 2008. A year after Stacy Peterson disappeared, there still are no answers in the case of the missing young wife of Peterson, a former police officer. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2008 file photo, Drew Peterson appears on the NBC "Today" television program in New York. Former Illinois police sergeant Drew Peterson has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of his third wife, police said Thursday May 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson, center, leaves the Will county court house Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in Joliet, Ill. where a Will county judge refused to dismiss gun charges against him. A grand jury indicted Peterson on two felonies related to a semi-automatic rifle seized by authorities investigating the disappearance of his wife Stacey. Peterson has been named a suspect in his wife's disappearance but has not been charged. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Drew Peterson, right, leaves the Will County Adult Detention Center with his attorney Joel Brodsky, Wednesday, May 21, 2008, in Joliet, Ill. Months after naming Drew Peterson as a suspect in his wife's disappearance, authorities arrested the former police sergeant Wednesday on an unrelated weapons charge. (AP Photo/Jerry Lai)
Drew Peterson, center, prepares to get into a car after leaving the Will County Adult Detention Center, Wednesday, May 21, 2008, in Joliet, Ill. Months after naming Drew Peterson as a suspect in his wife's disappearance, authorities arrested the former police sergeant Wednesday on an unrelated weapons charge. (AP Photo/Jerry Lai)
FILE - In this Nov, 26, 2007 file photo, former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson talks to a member of the media as he leaves his home in Bolingbrook, Ill. Peterson has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of his third wife, police said Thursday May 7, 2009. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, file)
Former Bollingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson waits to be interviewed on the NBC "Today" show in New York, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008. Peterson is continuing to deny any involvement in the disappearance of his fourth wife and the homicide of his third wife. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
FILE - This Nov. 8, 2007 file photo taken from video shows the grave site of Kathleen Savio at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, Ill. Savio was the third wife of former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson who was convicted of her murder Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/Mark Carlson, File)
Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson poses for a photo shoot on the back deck of his home as a photo assistant holds a reflector Monday, Nov 19, 2007 in Bolingbrook, Ill. Peterson's wife 28 year old Stacy Peterson was reported missing on Oct. 29, 2007 and authorities continue to search for clues in her disappearance. Her husband has been named a suspect in the case. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson leaves his home on his motorcycle Monday, Nov 19, 2007 in Bolingbrook, Ill. Peterson's wife 28 year old Stacy Peterson was reported missing on Oct. 29, 2007 and authorities continue to search for clues in her disappearance. Her husband has been named a suspect in the case. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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Peterson is charged with solicitation of murder, and an eight-man, four-women jury was selected on Friday, with two alternates, for the trial before Randolph County Circuit Judge Richard Brown. Peterson has pleaded not guilty.

The case centers on recordings made at the maximum security Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois where Peterson is serving his sentence and where a fellow inmate taped him allegedly saying he wanted to hire someone to kill Glasgow.

The inmate, Antonio Smith, testified that Smith told him he would pay $10,000 for the murder and also that Peterson admitted to him that he killed his missing fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Peterson's defense attorney Lucas Liefer argued in his opening statement that the recordings are half unintelligible and half nonsensical prison talk, the newspaper reported.

Prosecutors say Peterson was obsessed with getting revenge on Glasgow after the former police officer was found guilty of murdering Savio.

"Anger, hatred, revenge. Ladies and gentlemen, that is why we are here," State's Attorney Jeremy Walker told jurors, according to the Sun-Times newspaper online.

Glasgow was called as a witness to testify about a diatribe that Peterson made against him during his 2013 sentencing hearing for the murder of Savio, the Sun-Times reported.

Peterson was a long-serving police officer from the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook in northern Illinois, but his current trial is in Randolph County where the Menard prison is located.

His defense attorney, Liefer, did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment.

Savio was found dead in a bathtub in 2004, during a contentious divorce. Her death was at first ruled accidental, but suspicions were raised when Peterson's fourth wife disappeared in 2007.

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