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Scott Peterson to be re-sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of his pregnant wife

Convicted killer Scott Peterson is scheduled to be re-sentenced to life in prison without parole on Wednesday for the 2002 murder of his pregnant wife Laci, then 27, and their unborn son, Conner.

Peterson, 48, was denied bail ahead of Wednesday’s re-sentencing trial at the San Mateo County courthouse at 10 am PST. 

He has spent 15 years living on death row after being sentenced in 2005.

The California Supreme Court overturned his death sentence last year after the court found that jurors who disagreed with the death penalty, but were willing to impose it, had been improperly dismissed. 

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office has said that after speaking with Laci’s family they will not be pursuing the death sentence again. 

Scott Peterson, 48, is expected to be re-sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on Wednesday at the San Mateo County courthouse in California. Pictured: His 2021 mugshot

Peterson's mugshot in 2018

Peterson's mugshot in 2005

Peterson (pictured) has spent 15 years living on death row after being sentenced in 2005

Peterson (left) has spent 15 years on death row for the 2002 murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, (right) and their unborn son, Conner

Peterson (left) has spent 15 years on death row for the 2002 murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, (right) and their unborn son, Conner

Laci's body washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay in April 2003, with Conner's fetus found to have been mutilated

Laci’s body washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay in April 2003, with Conner’s fetus found to have been mutilated 

Peterson (pictured in 2005) and his counsel are seeking a new trial due to alleged juror misconduct. Laci's family has expressed concerns that he will be exonerated if given a re-trial

Peterson (pictured in 2005) and his counsel are seeking a new trial due to alleged juror misconduct. Laci’s family has expressed concerns that he will be exonerated if given a re-trial

Last year, the state’s high court ordered Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo to decide if Peterson should be granted a new trial and if the alleged juror misconduct did take place during his 2004 trial. 

The death penalty was thrown out after a court ruled jurors should not have been excluded from Peterson’s murder trial for being anti-capital punishment.

The defense is also arguing in favor of a new trial after they say a juror, Richelle Nice, failed to disclose her own history of domestic abuse while pregnant in order to convict Peterson.

According to Peterson’s counsel, Nice did not disclose that she had filed a lawsuit in 2000 to obtain a restraining order after her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend harassed her while she was pregnant.

The juror said in her lawsuit that she feared for her unborn child.

Peterson’s attorneys previously said that when asked as a potential juror whether she had ever been a victim of crime or involved in a lawsuit, she responded ‘no.’

His attorneys have also claimed that Nice deceived the judge to get on the jury for the high-profile case.

Laci Peterson's family also previously said they have 'no doubt' that Scott killed her and their unborn child. The couple is pictured on their 1997 wedding day

Laci Peterson’s family also previously said they have ‘no doubt’ that Scott killed her and their unborn child. The couple is pictured on their 1997 wedding day

Peterson maintains his innocence and claims Laci was killed after disturbing a burglary at the couple’s home in Modesto, California (pictured)

Investigators say Peterson took Laci's corpse out on his fishing boat, pictured, after killing her, then dumped the body in the San Francisco Bay

Investigators say Peterson took Laci’s corpse out on his fishing boat, pictured, after killing her, then dumped the body in the San Francisco Bay

Peterson was convicted of his wife's murder in 2004 after jurors were told how he had a masseuse mistress named Amber Frey (pictured)

Peterson was convicted of his wife’s murder in 2004 after jurors were told how he had a masseuse mistress named Amber Frey (pictured) 

Nice, who was among the jurors to jointly publish a book about the case, has denied the allegations that she lied just to get on the jury.

The defense also accused Nice of writing letters to Peterson while he was in jail, asking him to confess to the murder of his pregnant wife.

Fladager has called the move a ‘witch hunt’ to try and discredit the juror in an attempt 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.

His attorneys have continued to push for a new trial due to alleged juror misconduct. Peterson and his legal team maintain his innoncene, saying in October that ‘it’s time to get him out.’

Lara Yeretsian, who was on Peterson’s original defense team in 2005, also claimed Wednesday that there is new evidence that will prove Peterson did not kill Laci and Conner.

‘There is new evidence that Scott’s not the one. It will show who the true suspects are,’ Yeretsian told Fox News.

Yeretsian declined to provide specifics about the alleged new evidence, pointing out that Peterson is not currently her client. She did note, however, that she may join his defense team if a new trial is granted. 

The basis for re-examining the conviction comes after the court found a juror committed 'prejudicial misconduct' for not disclosing prior legal proceedings. The juror Richelle Nice (pictured) didn't disclose that she filed a lawsuit in 2000 to obtain a restraining order after her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend harassed her while pregnant

The basis for re-examining the conviction comes after the court found a juror committed ‘prejudicial misconduct’ for not disclosing prior legal proceedings. The juror Richelle Nice (pictured) didn’t disclose that she filed a lawsuit in 2000 to obtain a restraining order after her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend harassed her while pregnant 

Defense attorneys say they have new evidence that nearby burglars may have committed the crime, though investigators say they were ruled out as suspects.  

Peterson was convicted in San Mateo court after his trial was moved from Stanislaus County due to the massive pre-trial publicity that followed the Christmas Eve 2002 disappearance of 27-year-old Laci, who was eight months pregnant with Conner at the time.

Her corpse was found floating in the San Francisco Bay in April 2003, with Conner’s fetus found to have been mutilated.

Investigators say Peterson took the bodies from their Modesto home and dumped them from his fishing boat into the bay.

Peterson was convicted of his wife’s murder in 2004 after jurors were told how he had a masseuse mistress named Amber Frey. Frey did not realize Peterson was married when they first began dating. Peterson is also said to have dreaded becoming a father.

Peterson maintains his innocence and claims Laci was killed after disturbing a burglary.

Laci’s family has ‘no doubt’ Peterson killed his wife and unborn son and deserves the death penalty but doesn’t want to pursue that punishment because ‘this process is simply too painful to endure once again,’ District Attorney Birgit Fladager said in her filing in San Mateo Superior Court in May.


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