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Scott Peterson sentenced to life without parole for murdering his wife and unborn child in 2002


“You will always be their murderer,” said Sharon Rocha

Scott Peterson was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday without the possibility of parole, nearly 17 years after being sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and unborn son.

Peterson was convicted in November 2004 of killing his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son, who was to be called Connor, on Christmas Eve in 2002.

Peterson was sentenced to death in March 2005 and had remained on death row until last year, when the California Supreme Court overturned his death sentence, citing that his jury had been improperly considered for bias against the death penalty, according to court documents.

Some of Laci Peterson’s family confronted Peterson in court on Wednesday.

“Laci and Connor will always be dead and you will always be their murderer,” said his mother Sharon Rocha.

Laci Peterson, who was 27 years old and eight months pregnant, went missing on Christmas Eve in 2002. Her remains and those of her unborn son were found in San Francisco Bay four months after his disappearance.

The bodies were identified several days after their discovery. On the same day, Scott Peterson was arrested and charged. He pleaded not guilty.

Investigators later discovered that at the time of his wife’s disappearance, Peterson was having an affair with massage therapist Amber Frey. In an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer in 2003, Peterson admitted to having an affair, but denied the murders.

Peterson and his legal team claim he suffered an unfair trial based on possible jury misconduct. Lawyers for Peterson say the woman, known as Juror 7, had not disclosed her involvement in other legal proceedings, ABC News previously reported.

In court proceedings in 2000, the juror, identified in court documents as Richelle Nice, alleged that her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend “had committed acts of violence against her” and had raised fears for her. unborn child, “ABC News reported previously.

During the jury selection process, Nice told lawyers she had never been a victim of a crime or involved in a trial. In a 2017 interview with “20/20”, she said her situation never occurred to her when she completed the application.

Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo, who has inflicted resentment on Peterson, is considering separately whether he should receive a brand new trial.

Laci Peterson’s mother told ABC News “20/20” that another lawsuit would be painful, but would likely end with the same result.

“Of course having to stand trial again would be excruciating. But if that’s what it takes, I’ll be there, “Rocha said in May 2021.” And I’m sure they’ll find him guilty again. . “

Attorney Pat Harris maintained Peterson’s innocence after Wednesday’s hearing and said the judge denied Peterson’s request to speak.

“He wanted to make it clear that there was no way he could have harmed Laci and Connor,” said Harris.

ABC News

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