Published: Sun, October 18, 2020

Scott Peterson murder convictions under review

Scott Peterson murder convictions under review

Scott Peterson was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn boy named Conner in 2004. The case is now sent back to the San Mateo County Superior Court.

However, this sentence has been overturned and the California Supreme Court has been ordered to re-examine the case when it was discovered that a juror, Richelle Nice, committed prejudicial misconduct because she did not disclose that she had been involved in prior legal proceedings. If the defense succeeds in overturning the convictions, Peterson most likely would be retried.

Yet when asked as a potential juror whether she had ever been a crime victim or involved in a lawsuit, she answered no, Peterson's attorneys told the Times. The issue is that a juror failed to disclose she had once feared for her unborn child while being harassed by her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend.

It is still to be seen what will happen in the case, now that a re-examination has been ordered.

Peterson's lawyers argued that Nice worked hard to get on the jury. He also was convicted of second-degree murder of his unborn son, Connor.

Laci Peterson, 27, was due to give birth in four weeks in 2002 when she disappeared on Christmas Eve. Her husband, who was living in Modesto, told police that he had left that morning to go fishing in Berkeley.


Almost four months later, Laci's remains and the body of her unborn son, with the umbilical cord still attached, washed up on a rocky shore of San Francisco Bay. They say the omission raised a presumption of prejudice.

The fetus washed up first and had a nylon rope around the neck and a large cut on the body.

Both bodies were too decomposed to determine cause of death.

Investigators said that over 10,000 tips, considered parolees, and convicted sex offenders were chased as possible suspects.

Peterson was finally arrested after Amber Frey, a therapeutic massage therapist dwelling in Fresno, advised police that that they had begun relationship a month earlier than his spouse's loss of life, however that he had advised her she was useless. News, Peterson's lawyer stated, "We are certainly pleased that, as it did in reversing Scott's penalty on direct appeal, the Supreme Court recognized the importance of a fairly selected jury".

"Jurors may not be excused merely for opposition to the death penalty, but only for views rendering them unable to fairly consider imposing that penalty in accordance with their oath", Justice Leondra R. Kruger wrote for a unanimous California Supreme Court.

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