Jury selection begins in Peterson murder-for-hire trial

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson. Peterson's murder-for-hire trial in southern Illinois was postponed by a Randolph County judge Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, until early next year. Peterson is charged with soliciting an inmate to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, who prosecuted the 2012 case in which Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the bathtub drowning death of ex-wife Kathleen Savio. (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP, File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the murder-for-hire trial of a former suburban Chicago police officer who’s accused of plotting to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars in his third wife’s death.

Sixty-two-year-old Drew Peterson was convicted in 2012 of first-degree murder.

Kathleen Savio’s death eight years earlier initially was ruled an accident. Prosecutors reopened the case after the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, the ex-Bolingbrook sergeant’s 23-year-old fourth wife.

Peterson is now charged with soliciting a fellow inmate to find someone he could pay to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.

Prospective jurors were being screened Friday in Randolph County in southern Illinois, where Peterson is serving a 38-year-sentence at the maximum security Menard Correctional Center.

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