Drew Peterson accused of trying to hire hitman to kill prosecutor

Danielle Haynes

CHESTER, Ill., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Drew Peterson was charged Monday for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill the prosecutor who sent him to prison for 38 years for killing his third wife.

The former police officer was arraigned in Randolph County, Ill., on one count of solicitation for murder for hire and one count of solicitation for murder.


Peterson is accused of allegedly planning to kill Will County, Ill., State's Attorney James Glasgow between September 2013 and December 2014.

Glasgow was the lead prosecutor in Peterson's 2012 murder trial. Peterson was convicted of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who drowned in a bathtub in 2004. He was sentenced to 38 years in prison in February 2013.

He has appealed that conviction.

Peterson is also under suspicion in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. She remains missing.

Peterson's former attorney Joel Brodsky told WGN he wasn't surprised about the new allegations.


"When I was representing Drew we did a lot of things that were controversial, but apparently his new lawyers don't have control over their client, and that's unfortunate," he said.

His current attorney, Steve Greenberg, said the new charges were "absurd."

"Drew would have nothing to gain and everything to lose by doing that," Greenberg said. "And prosecutors say he's the most careful criminal ever, don't they?"

Peterson is next due in court March 3.

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