A former Chicago police officer, who was convicted of killing his third wife, might be facing more time in prison after new evidence suggests he killed his fourth wife and hired a hitman to kill his prosecutor.
Drew Peterson, 62, was convicted in 2012 for the 2004 death of his ex-wife Kathleen Savio, the Chicago Tribune reported. He was successfully prosecuted by Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow and was sentenced to 38 years in prison.
The case was reopened in 2012 after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing. Peterson was never charged in Stacy’s disappearance and has maintained his innocence.
But new evidence now suggests that Peterson may have also killed Stacy.
Fellow prison inmate Antonio Smith testified in Randolph County Courthouse May 23 that Peterson approached him asking for a favor.
"He said he needed me to have someone kill James Glasgow," Smith told jurors.
Smith had struck up a friendship with Peterson during their time in prison together, according to reports. Smith said the cash reward was $10,000, and also revealed that Peterson admitted to killing his missing wife Stacy.
Randolph County State's Attorney Jeremy Walker told the jury that Peterson was motivated by “anger, hatred” and “revenge” against Glasgow. Walker added that Peterson believed the prosecutor’s death would have resulted in a successful appeal of his murder conviction, which was under review by the Illinois Supreme Court.
Peterson’s history with Glasgow involves more than just his 2012 conviction.
According to recordings from wiretap conversations between Smith and Peterson, Peterson accused Glasgow of trying to revoke his $79,000 annual police pension.
Peterson also said Glasgow is the reason his son, Stephen Peterson, lost his job with the Oak Brook Police Department. Stephen was accused of obstructing the investigation into Savio’s death.
Glasgow, who called Peterson a “coward” and a “thug” after his 2012 conviction, listened to about 15 minutes of the wiretap conversation.
“The word ‘kill’ wasn't used, but the implication of kill was there,” Glasgow testified. “Based on 36 years of experience in law enforcement, from my listening of the tape, it was clear to me there was going to be my demise.”
Still, Peterson pleaded not guilty to charges of solicitation of murder for hire and solicitation of murder related to Glasgow. He is currently booked at the Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois, and could be facing up to 60 more years in prison if convicted.