Scott Peterson, 48, will be resentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife in November after death penalty was overturned in 2020
The California State Supreme Court has ordered that Scott Peterson be re-sentenced to life in prison for the 2002 murder of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson
Laci, 27, vanished on Christmas Eve 2002, while pregnant with the couple’s son Conner, and their bodies were found floating in the San Francisco Bay, Connor’s body had also been mutilated
Peterson was allegedly having an affair and angry about becoming a dad
The high court found there was considerable circumstantial evidence incriminating him in the first-degree murder of Laci Peterson
He’s also charged with the second-degree murder of the boy they planned to name Connor
After 15 years on death row Peterson’s 2005 death sentence was overturned in 2020
The defense successfully appealed, because a juror gave false information during Jury selection
Peterson has since remained on death row without a formal sentence
The victim’s family said they did not want to seek another death sentence charge because the trial would be ‘too painful to endure’
A California man who has spent 15 years living on Death Row for the murder of his pregnant wife will be resentenced in November to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole, a judge said Wednesday.
Scott Peterson, 48, was sentenced to death in 2005 for the 2002 murder of his wife, Laci, 27, and unborn son, Connor.
The California State Supreme Court overturned the sentence in 2020, and Peterson has been living on death row without a sentence ever since.
The high court found there was considerable circumstantial evidence incriminating him in the first-degree murder of Laci Peterson, 27, who was eight months pregnant, and the second-degree murder of their unborn infant son they planned to name Connor.
Peterson’s lawyers are seeking a new trial rather than a resentencing, claiming a juror committed misconduct by falsely answering questions during the selection process.
But Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo said she wants to sentence Peterson in November before deciding whether he deserves a new trial over alleged juror misconduct.
His death sentence was overturned in 2020 and he’s been living on Death Row ever since without a sentence of any kind.
The court ordered for Peterson to be formally sentenced once again on Wednesday in order for the state to keep him locked up at San Quentin State Prison.
‘This case has become more complicated. Sentencing Mr. Peterson should not be delayed,’ the judge said.
Peterson will be re-sentenced in November regardless of all other legal battles currently underway pertaining to the case, KRON 4 reported.
The judge said Scott Peterson must be re-sentenced. He will be be re-sentenced in Nov. to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager had previously announced that she would not be seeking the death penalty against Peterson after Laci’s family said another trial would be too painful to go through.
Laci had vanished from their home in Modesto while pregnant on Christmas Eve 2002.
The 27-year-old’s corpse was found floating in San Francisco Bay in April 2003, with Conner’s fetus found to have been mutilated.
Investigators said Peterson took the bodies from their home and dumped them from his fishing boat. *
Peterson was convicted of his wife’s murder in 2005 after jurors were told how he had a masseuse mistress called Amber Frey. Frey did not realize Peterson was married when they first began dating.
He is also said to have dreaded becoming a father.
Peterson maintains his innocence, and claims Laci was killed after disturbing a burglary.
‘He’s innocent. It’s time to get him out,’ said defense attorney Pat Harris.
The defense has also mounted a case against one of the jurors in the case, Richelle Nice, who is known as ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ due to her bright red hair. They claimed that Nice who called the ‘Stealth Juror’, had prior bias against the defendant and lied in her responses during jury selection.
The defense alleges Nice committed juror misconduct by failing to mention that she was a victim of abuse while pregnant during the jury selection process and may have had a bias against Peterson.
Nice also allegedly wrote letters to Peterson while he was in jail, asking him to confess to the murder of his pregnant wife.
Fladager called the move a ‘witch hunt’ to try and discredit the juror in an attempts to throw out the original case against Peterson and trigger a retrial.
Superior Court Judge Christine Massullo will rule on whether or not Nice performed juror misconduct.
Nice has asked for immunity from testifying in Peterson’s trial and plans to plead the fifth, KRON 4 reported.
Peterson will return to court on October 6 to set a precise date for the re-sentencing, which is expected in November.