Undercover tapes played in Peterson murder-for-hire trial

CHESTER, Ill. (WLS) -- Undercover tapes were played at the trial of Drew Peterson where he allegedly admitted to a fellow inmate that he had hatched a murder-for-hire plot.

The entirety of the second day of the testimony was taken up by those recordings, much of it prison gossip of Peterson going over his 2012 murder trial. However, those portions that prosecutors believe refer to the murder-for-hire plot are often vague, until later on when drew Peterson is finally heard giving the go-ahead.

The tapes, played in court Tuesday, show Peterson making plans for the future in which Will County State's Attorney Jim Glasgow is gone, though the words "kill" or "murder" are never heard.

Recorded at Menard Correctional Center over the period of several days in November 2014, the tapes capture conversations between Peterson and former prison buddy turned FBI informant, Antonio Smith.

During those conversations, Peterson appears confident that his 2012 murder conviction of third wife Kathleen Savio will be overturned if Glasgow is out of the picture, and he appears to be making plans to make that happen.

Peterson: "So how long before your uncle can take of business?"
Smith: "It will be done by Christmas, if you say...if you say..."
Peterson: "It would be a nice Christmas present."
Smith: "If you say it's a green light?"
Peterson: "Go."

Beyond that, the recordings show Peterson bragging about his time in the spotlight after his fourth wife Stacy went missing in 2007 and making plans to set up a drug operation inside the prison

Smith said Monday that Peterson admitted to him to killing his fourth wife on those tapes. But on Tuesday, Peterson is heard saying she is still out in the world, although he did laugh.

The trial will continue Wednesday when the recordings conclude.
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