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Scott Peterson on trial
Scott Peterson on trial

Scott Lee Peterson (born 24 October 1972 in San Diego, California) is a former agriculture chemical salesman convicted in a high-profile California murder case (and, under California law, which treats the killing of a fetus as a murder if the other requisite elements of murder are met, a double murder case). This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Jump to: navigation, search October 24 is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 68 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... San Diego County in the Southwest corner of California. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... Fetus at eight weeks Foetus redirects here. ...

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Chronology

On December 23 or 24, 2002, Peterson is believed to have murdered his wife, Laci, while she was eight months pregnant with their unborn child, who was to be named Conner. He initially reported her missing on Christmas Eve and the story quickly attracted nationwide media interest. Jump to: navigation, search December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (358th in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search December 24 is the 358th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (359th in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Laci Peterson Laci Peterson, born Laci Denise Rocha (May 4, 1975 – December, 2002), was last seen alive on December 23, 2002 and became the subject of one of the most discussed missing person cases in recent U.S. history. ... (Redirected from 24 December) December 24 is the 358th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (359th in leap years). ...


Scott held press conferences and had wide support from the Peterson family and his home community of Modesto, California. He claimed that he had been fishing at the Berkeley marina at the time of the disappearance; which turned out to be near the area where the bodies of his wife and unborn son washed up. Jump to: navigation, search Modesto is the county seat of Stanislaus County, California. ... Berkeley as seen from the Claremont Canyon reserve Berkeley is a city in the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California, in the United States. ... For other uses of this word, see Marina (disambiguation). ...


Almost immediately on December 24th, 2002, Peterson became the prime suspect. Later, when it became known that he'd had numerous affairs, the latest with a massage therapist named Amber Frey, a woman he had lied to numerous times (including about his marriage with Laci), the media and law enforcement attention grew to a fevered pitch. Frey was a key witness in the case because she agreed to tape their phone conversations secretly in hopes of getting him to confess. However, Peterson did not confess to Frey (or to any other person). He not only claimed innocence in numerous tapes, but even questioned Frey about her possible involvement. It has been reported that Scott knew of the taping, but this has never been proven. December 24 is the 358th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (359th in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Massage is the practice of applying pressure or vibration to the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints. ... Amber Dawn Frey (born February 10, 1975) is an American woman who came to national prominence when she was revealed as an unwitting mistress to Scott Peterson, the convicted murderer of his wife Laci Peterson. ...

Amber Frey
Amber Frey

On April 14, Conner's body washed ashore at the San Francisco Bay, followed on the next day by a partial female body later identified as Laci's. Autopsies were performed, but due to decomposition the specific method of death was never determined. Some prosecutors and people from the media speculated that Laci may have been suffocated or strangled; Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Modesto Police Department forensic searches of the couple's home, Scott's truck, the tool box in the back of his truck, his warehouse and his boat only turned up a very small amount of forensic evidence. Peterson was arrested in La Jolla, California in the parking lot of a golf course where he claimed to be meeting his father and brother for a game of golf on April 18, 2003. Some reported that Peterson may have planned to flee to Mexico, or Peterson, who knew he was being followed by police and had in fact confronted them earlier that day, was on his way to murder Amber Frey; with Peterson arrested these theories were never proven. At the time of his arrest, Peterson was carrying $15,000 in cash, had four cell phones, camping equipment, Viagra and his brother's driver's license. Amber Frey File links The following pages link to this file: Scott Peterson (convicted murderer) ... Amber Frey File links The following pages link to this file: Scott Peterson (convicted murderer) ... Jump to: navigation, search April 14 is the 104th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (105th in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate The San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary in which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... An autopsy (also known as a post-mortem examination, necropsy or obduction) is a medical procedure that consists of a thorough examination performed on a corpse after death, to evaluate disease or injury that may be present and to determine the cause and manner of a persons death. ... For other uses of the initials FBI, see FBI (disambiguation). ... One of the beaches at La Jolla Cove. ... Jump to: navigation, search April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sildenafil citrate, sold under the name Viagra, is a drug used to treat male erectile dysfunction (impotence), developed by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. ...


On January 20, 2004, due to intense media attention and increasing hostility to Peterson in the Modesto area, a judge moved Peterson's trial from Modesto to Redwood City, California. Jump to: navigation, search January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search Modesto is the county seat of Stanislaus County, California. ... The skyline of downtown Redwood City Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County, California. ...


The trial, the People of the State of California vs. Scott Peterson, followed closely by the media, started in June 2004. The lead prosecutor was Rick Distaso, and the attorney leading Peterson's defense was Mark Geragos. Although a witness, Amber Frey had engaged an attorney to represent her. Gloria Allred, who was not bound by the gag order imposed on everyone else involved in the trial, used her position to harangue the defense on the courthouse steps at every opportunity and it is speculated that she was key in keeping many facts about her client's past from the public eye. Some claim that she was instrumental in turning public opinion against Peterson. Amber Frey's father, Ron, also engaged a criminal defense attorney; however, the reason for this is currently unknown. Peterson's defense was based around arguing the lack of direct evidence and downplaying the significance of circumstantial evidence. 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: June 2004 in sports Deaths in June • 28 Anthony Buckeridge • 26 Naomi Shemer • 26 Yash Johar • 22 Bob Bemer • 22 Thomas Gold • 22 Francisco Ortiz Franco • 16 Thanom Kittikachorn • 10 Ray Charles • 5 Ronald Reagan... Joseph Richard (Rick) Distaso was the lead prosecutor in the case against Scott Peterson, charged with and later convicted of murdering his wife and their unborn child. ... Mark Geragos (born October 5, 1957) is a lawyer who has defended such people as pop-star Michael Jackson, actress Winona Ryder, Gary Condit, and Susan McDougal, who was allegedly involved in the Whitewater scandal. ... Amber Dawn Frey (born February 10, 1975) is an American woman who came to national prominence when she was revealed as an unwitting mistress to Scott Peterson, the convicted murderer of his wife Laci Peterson. ... Jump to: navigation, search Gloria Allred (born Gloria Bloom on July 3, 1941 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States) is a Jewish-American radical feminist lawyer, radio talk show host, and media personality. ... Circumstantial evidence is indirect evidence. ...


During jury deliberations, one juror was removed due to juror misconduct and was replaced by an alternate. Later, the jury foreman also requested to be removed, allegedly due to threats he had received, and he was also replaced by an alternate. On November 12 the reconstituted jury convicted Peterson of first-degree murder with special circumstances for killing Laci and second-degree murder for killing his unborn son. The penalty phase of the trial began on November 30 and concluded December 13, when at 1:50 P.M. PST, the twelve-person jury recommended a death sentence for Peterson. In later press appearances, the jury stated that they found Peterson guilty because of his demeanor. Jump to: navigation, search November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 49 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article may be confusing for some readers, and should be edited to enhance clarity. ... In law, murder is the crime of a human being causing the death of another human being, without lawful excuse, and with intent to kill or with an intent to cause grievous bodily harm. ... Jump to: navigation, search November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days remaining, as the final day of November. ... Jump to: navigation, search December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pacific Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... Jump to: navigation, search This article may be confusing for some readers, and should be edited to enhance clarity. ... Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is the judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a serious crime, often called a capital offense or a capital crime. ...


In January 2005, Frey released a book about her experiences with Scott Peterson, launching widespread criticism that she was using her involvement in the case for her own personal gain, and fueling speculation that Frey was working on the book during the trial which would have in effect violated the gag order placed on all witnesses in this trial by the judge. Her publisher allegedly told Frey that a not guilty verdict would result in no book deal for her. Laci's family also criticized her for placing her photograph between Scott's and Laci's on the cover of her book. 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in January • 29 Ephraim Kishon • 25 Philip Johnson • 23 Johnny Carson • 22 Parveen Babi • 20 Jan Nowak-Jeziorański • 17 Virginia Mayo • 17 Zhao Ziyang • 15 Ruth Warrick • 14 Rudolph Moshammer Recent deaths Ongoing events • Tsunami relief... Jump to: navigation, search Look up book on Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A judge or justice is an official who presides over a court. ... In law, a verdict indicates the judgment of a case before a court of law. ...

Scott Peterson being escorted to San Quentin State Prison's death row
Scott Peterson being escorted to San Quentin State Prison's death row

On March 16, 2005, Judge Alfred A. Delucchi formally sentenced Scott Peterson to death, calling the murder of his wife "cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous." The prescribed method of execution was lethal injection. He also denied the defense's request for a new trial (which was based on evidence of juror misconduct and media influence) and ordered Peterson to pay $10,000 towards his wife's funeral. Peterson Escorted to San Quentin File links The following pages link to this file: Scott Peterson (convicted murderer) ... Peterson Escorted to San Quentin File links The following pages link to this file: Scott Peterson (convicted murderer) ... Jump to: navigation, search March 16 is the 75th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (76th in Leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lethal injection is a method of capital punishment. ...


Like some other high-profile criminals judged physically attractive by society's standards, Peterson receives large amounts of fan mail and wedding proposals in prison. (See hybristophilia). Fan mail is mail sent to a public figure, especially a celebrity, by their admirers or fans. Fan mails may be in the form of letters, cards, artworks, gifts, and so on; depending on the recepient, it may also be possible to send fan mails via email. ... Hybristophilia is a paraphilia involving sexual arousal by people who have committed crimes; in particular cruel, or outrageous crimes. ...


On March 17, 2005, Scott Peterson arrived at San Quentin State Prison in the early morning hours. San Quentin, the infamous prison, which overlooks the bay where Laci's body was discarded and houses the men's death row, is about 20 miles north of San Francisco. He joined 643 other inmates then awaiting death by lethal injection in California. Jump to: navigation, search March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in Leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... San Quentin State Prison is located on 432 acres (1. ... Death Row is a term used in some countries including the United States of America which refers to that section of prisons which house persons awaiting execution. ... Lethal injection is a method of capital punishment. ...


Evidence

The evidence against Peterson was largely circumstantial. Hounded by the press, Peterson changed his appearance and purchased a vehicle using his mother's name. He sold Laci's Land Rover, but the automobile dealer, after finding out to whom it belonged, gave it back to her family for one dollar. Circumstantial evidence is indirect evidence. ... Land Rover was the name of one of the first British civilian all-terrain utility vehicles, first produced by Rover in 1947. ...

A detective holds the pliers found in Scott Peterson's fishing boat. The hair seen stuck to the end of the pliers is the sole piece of physical evidence presented by the prosecution.
A detective holds the pliers found in Scott Peterson's fishing boat. The hair seen stuck to the end of the pliers is the sole piece of physical evidence presented by the prosecution.

The affair with Amber Frey also provided much support for the case against Peterson. Allegedly, he had told Frey that he had lost his wife before the December 24 disappearance. In these tapes, he was shown to have lied to Frey about his location-- claiming, for example, to be in Paris when he was not. Peterson Evidence File links The following pages link to this file: Scott Peterson (convicted murderer) ... Amber Dawn Frey (born February 10, 1975) is an American woman who came to national prominence when she was revealed as an unwitting mistress to Scott Peterson, the convicted murderer of his wife Laci Peterson. ... Jump to: navigation, search December 24 is the 358th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (359th in leap years). ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ...


More evidence supporting the case for Peterson's guilt was the testimony provided by Ralph Cheng, a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey, and an expert witness on tides, particularly in the San Francisco Bay. However Cheng admitted, during his cross-examination, that his findings were "probable, not precise"— tidal systems are sufficiently chaotic that he was unable to develop an exact model of the bodies' disposal and travel. Hydrology is the study of the occurrence, distribution, and movement of water on, in, and above the earth. ... The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific agency of the United States government. ... An expert witness is a witness, who by virtue of education, or profession, or experience, is believed to have special knowledge of his subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others may officially (and legally) rely upon his opinion. ... This article is about tides in the ocean. ... Jump to: navigation, search San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate The San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary in which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... In law, cross-examination is the interrogation of a witness called by ones opponent. ... Chaos derives from the Greek Χαος and typically refers to unpredictability. ...


Motive

Peterson's affair with Amber Frey was never presented to the jury as a probable motive for the crime. However, the prosecution did present the affair as indicative of Peterson's bad character. Alternatively, some have claimed Peterson murdered Laci out of a desire to return to the "bachelor" lifestyle, where he would be free from the obligations of his impending family life; however, it was pointed out that Amber Frey herself had a child. It is not clear if any motive for the crime was presented to the jury as such. Jump to: navigation, search Motive is a term that turns up both in the popular psychology of literature and cinema, and as term of art in law. ... A bachelor is an unmarried but marriageable man; some restrict the usage to men who have never been married. ...


External links

  • Scottisinnocent.com- Maintains Peterson is innocent
  • Justice4Scott.com- Argues that Peterson is innocent.
  • San Mateo County Times - Trial Evidence
  • Scott-Peterson.org - A Peterson fansite (inactive August 24, 2005 ).
  • Peterson Trial - Scott Peterson Trial Info and News
  • ABC News - Expert says Peterson Has Psychopath Traits
  • BBC News US beach bodies killer convicted 12 November, 2004 Retrieved 23:17, 1 September 2005 (UTC)
  • Scott Peterson fan club

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