Convicted wife killer Scott Peterson to remain in prison for life

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Convicted California murderer Scott Peterson was sentenced again today to spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On November 23, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo had Peterson transferred from death row at San Quentin Jail to San Mateo County Jail, where he awaits sentencing. Wednesday for the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and his unborn son. , Connor.

The California Supreme Court overturned Peterson’s death sentence last year after jurors who disagreed with the death penalty but were prepared to impose it were dismissed in the case. There were also issues regarding “harmful misconduct” after a victim of domestic violence was allowed to serve on the jury.

Fox News reports that Laci Peterson’s family saw Scott Peterson for the first time in more than a decade on Wednesday. The court allowed the family to speak on Laci’s behalf.

“It’s been 19 years, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of my sister,” Laci’s sister Amy Rocha told Peterson. “I don’t know how you go on living.

Sharon Rocha, Laci’s mother, called Peterson a murderer and a coward, while Laci’s brother Brent Rocha said his family had been “devastated and traumatized” after losing Laci and Connor.

“No matter what happens, there are two things that will never change: Laci and Conner will always be dead, and you will always be their murderer,” said Sharon Roca.

Laci Peterson / Document; Scott Peterson / California Department of Corrections

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Laci was eight months pregnant when she disappeared in December 2002, from the Modesto house she shared with her husband. Peterson became the prime suspect after being caught in numerous lies throughout the investigation. Investigators also discovered that he was having an affair with a woman he met at a party, Amber Frey.

The case, prosecutors said, was some of the most damning evidence against Peterson. Prosecutors argued that the case alone did not automatically mean murder, but the information Peterson told Frey made him appear guilty.

Prosecution evidence

While there wasn’t much physical evidence, prosecutors amassed a collection of circumstantial evidence that convinced a San Mateo County jury that Peterson murdered his wife and son.

According to court documents, the following circumstantial evidence was strong enough to lead to Peterson’s conviction.

  • Trained dogs detected Laci’s scent at Berkeley Marina, where Peterson claimed he had gone fishing when Laci went missing; his remains were later found near the same area.
  • Peterson visited the crime scene on several occasions.
  • The tarp that Peterson used on his fishing trip was covered in gasoline in his shed; gasoline is known to destroy DNA.
  • Another tarp was found buried in fertilizer, also known to destroy DNA, according to Dr Henry Lee, who testified at Peterson’s trial.
  • Peterson told detectives he stopped fishing because it started to rain, although there was no rush at Berkeley Marina on the day in question, according to the harbor master.
  • Peterson claimed Laci was watching a cooking segment on TV when he left their home on December 24, but the show he referred to aired on December 23.
  • Laci wore a diamond necklace, a sapphire ring and a ring whenever she left her house. On the day of her disappearance, the jewelry was left in her room.
  • After Laci and Conner’s remains were discovered, authorities caught Peterson near the Mexican border with his hair and beard dyed blond, some ID that did not belong to him, several credit cards, clothes, knives, four cell phones, a rope, camping supplies and about $ 15,000 in cash.

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[Feature Photo: FILE – This Nov. 29, 2021 photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shows inmate Scott Peterson, who was convicted for the 2002 murders of his pregnant wife and unborn son. Peterson is expected to be resentenced to life in prison on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, after the state Supreme Court ruled that his jury was improperly screened for bias against the death penalty. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)]


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