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Witness' phone calls played in court for lawyer-turned-defendant from Homer Glen

Robert W. Gold-Smith
Robert W. Gold-Smith

JOLIET – The Homer Glen attorney accused of trying to hire out his wife’s murder from the Will County Jail is optimistic about his upcoming trial.

“I’m really happy with what I have at this point,” Robert W. Gold-Smith told Judge Daniel Rozak on Monday after Gold-Smith and Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Capelli listened to recordings of phone conversations in court. The calls were between one of Gold-Smith’s former clients and Brian McDaniel, a career criminal who agreed to wear a wire for detectives to charge Gold-Smith with solicitation of murder, authorities have said.

Gold-Smith, 53, has been in jail since March 2011 for allegedly violating an order of protection filed by his then-wife in November 2010. Gold-Smith reportedly began approaching other jail inmates, including McDaniel, to have his wife killed. He also is now facing witness tampering charges.

According to the recordings, Julio Centeno, who once hired Gold-Smith in a divorce case, called McDaniel in prison to discuss signing an affidavit to dispute the recording.

“He’s going to file a [federal] lawsuit. He’s got ... this case beat already,” Centeno said during the call. “With your recantation it would look better on a federal level.”

“I don’t think he’s got it won ... and nobody else does but him,” McDaniel answered.

Centeno disputed that during the call and told McDaniel a voice expert can’t match Gold-Smith’s voice to the wire recordings.

“I heard that,” McDaniel said.

An audio expert said tests were unable to confirm or eliminate Gold-Smith as the voice on the recording, according to court documents.

On the recording, McDaniel also expressed displeasure his name has appeared in Herald-News articles as a “rat.”

“I’ve been in two fights over that already,” McDaniel told Centeno.

Centeno reassured McDaniel he’d eventually be taken care of financially for helping Gold-Smith. “There’s something at the end of the rainbow,” Centeno said on the recording.

“I’m not doing anything for the end of the rainbow. It’s got to be before the rainbow,” McDaniel replied.

Gold-Smith is scheduled to face trial later this month.

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