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Scott Peterson
Scott Lee Peterson mugshot 2011.jpg
2011 mugshot by
California Department of Corrections
Born Scott Lee Peterson
(1972-10-24) October 24, 1972 (age 44)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Fertilizer Sales
Criminal penalty Death
Criminal status Incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison
Spouse(s) Laci Peterson (m. 1997; d. 2002)
Conviction(s) First degree murder in the death of Laci; second degree murder in the death of Connor
Date apprehended
April 18, 2003

Scott Lee Peterson (born October 24, 1972) is an American former fertilizer salesman awaiting execution on death row in San Quentin State Prison, convicted of the first degree murder of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, and the second degree murder of their unborn son, Connor, in Modesto, California in 2002. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection the following year. His case is currently on appeal to the Supreme Court of California.

Early life and marriage

Scott Lee Peterson was born October 24, 1972, at Sharp Coronado Hospital in San Diego, California to Lee Arthur Peterson, a businessman who owned a crate-packaging business, and Jacqueline "Jackie" Helen Latham,[1][2][3] who owned a boutique in La Jolla, California called The Put On.[1] Though Lee and Jackie had six children from previous relationships, Peterson was their only child together.[2][3] As a child, he shared a bedroom with his uterine half-brother John in the family's two-bedroom apartment in La Jolla.[1]

Peterson grew up on golf courses. By age 14, he could beat his father at the game. For a time, he entertained dreams of becoming a professional golfer like Phil Mickelson, his teammate at the University of San Diego High School.[2] By the end of high school, he was one of the top junior golfers in San Diego.[1] In 1990 Peterson enrolled at Arizona State University on a partial golf scholarship, where Phil Mickelson had also enrolled.[4] Mickelson would go on to become a champion golfer,[5] and Lee Peterson later testified that the considerable competition he presented to his son while they were at Arizona State discouraged Peterson. Randall Mell of Fort Lauderdale's Sun-Sentinel reported that Chip Couch, the father of another Arizona State golfer, Chris Couch, told Mell that he got Peterson kicked off the golf team. Couch stated that Peterson had taken Chris out drinking and to meet girls, resulting in a hangover for Chris. As Chris was the No. 1 junior in the country, Chip did not want Peterson to threaten his son's future, and complained to the golf coach, who kicked Peterson off the team. Peterson transferred to Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, and later, California Polytechnic State University.[6] Initially he planned to major in international business, but changed his major to agricultural business. Professors who taught Peterson describe him as a model student. His agribusiness professor Jim Ahern commented, "I wouldn't mind having a class full of Scott Petersons."[1]

While at California Polytechnic, he worked at a restaurant in Morro Bay called the Pacific Café. One of his coworkers would receive visits from a neighbor of his named Laci Denise Rocha, who also attended Cal Poly[1][7] as an ornamental horticulture major.[1] When Peterson and his future wife first met at the restaurant in mid-1994, Laci made the first move, sending him her phone number. Immediately after meeting him, Laci told her mother that she had met the man that she would marry. Peterson later called her, and they began dating, their first date being a deep-sea fishing trip on which Laci got seasick.[7]

As Peterson's relationship with Laci grew more serious, he put aside his dreams of professional golfing to focus on a business path.[2] They dated for two years,[7] eventually moving in together.[1] In August 1997, just before Laci graduated, they married at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in San Luis Obispo County's Avila Valley.[1][4] While Peterson finished his senior year, Laci took a job in nearby Prunedale. Prosecutors have stated that around this time, Peterson had the first of at least two extramarital affairs, though they have not revealed a name or details of this earlier relationship. Peterson graduated with a BS in agricultural business in June 1998.[1] After they graduated, they opened a burger joint/sports bar in San Luis Obispo called The Shack.[1][2][7] Contrary to a Los Angeles Times story that reported that Peterson's parents loaned him money to open the establishment,[2] Peterson's parents emphatically told the San Francisco Chronicle that they did not, believing it was a bad investment. When the couple had difficulty finding a technician to install a needed vent in the restaurant, Peterson took the necessary certification course in Los Angeles in order to install it himself. Business was initially slow, but eventually picked up, especially on weekends.[1] The Petersons sold The Shack in 2000 when they moved to Laci's hometown of Modesto to start a family.[2][7] In October 2000 they purchased a three-bedroom, two-bath bungalow house for $177,000 on Covena Avenue in an upscale neighborhood near La Loma Park.[1][2]

Laci soon took a part-time job as a substitute teacher,[2] and Peterson got a job with Tradecorp U.S.A., a newly-founded subsidiary of a European fertilizer company.[8] According to Lee Peterson, the Spanish company was trying to establish a customer base in the United States, and hired Peterson as their West Coast representative. Working on salary plus commission, he sold irrigation systems, fertilizer, chemical nutrients and related products to big farms and flower growers, primarily in California, Arizona and New Mexico.[2] Peterson was earning a salary of $5,000 a month before taxes.[8] Laci's loved ones, including her mother and younger sister, related that she worked enthusiastically at being the perfect housewife, enjoying cooking and entertaining, and that she and her family welcomed the news in 2002 that she was pregnant.[2] In November 2002, when Laci was seven months pregnant, Peterson was introduced by a friend to a Fresno masseuse named Amber Frey. In later public statements, Frey said Peterson told her he was single, and the two began a romantic relationship. The last time Peterson's parents saw Laci was during a three-day weekend they spent together in Carmel, California the week before Christmas.[8]

Disappearance of Laci Peterson

On December 24, 2002, Laci Peterson was reported missing from the Modesto home she shared with Scott. She was eight months pregnant[9][10] with a due date of February 10, 2003. The couple had planned to name the baby boy Connor. The exact date and cause of Laci's death were never determined. Laci's father initially reported her missing on Christmas Eve, and the story quickly attracted nationwide media interest.[11][12] Modesto police detective Jon Buehler and Allen Brocchini, the lead investigators on the case, questioned Scott Peterson the day Laci's father reported Laci missing. Peterson stated that he had been out on his boat at the Berkeley Marina in Richmond, California, to go fishing, about 90 miles from their Modesto home. Detectives immediately launched a search, but were surprised by Scott Peterson's behavior. Buehler told ABC News in 2017, "I suspected Scott when I first met him. Didn't mean he did it, but I was a little bit thrown off by his calm, cool demeanor and his lack of questioning ... he wasn't, 'Will you call me back? Can I have one of your cards? What are you guys doing now?'"[9]

Modesto police did not immediately make public that they considered Peterson as a suspect, largely because Laci's family and friends maintained their faith in his innocence during the month following her disappearance, but treated the case as suspicious within the first few hours after the missing persons report had been filed.[13] Eventually, police grew more suspicious due to inconsistencies in his story. On January 17, 2003, it became known that he had numerous extramarital affairs,[14] most recently with a massage therapist named Amber Frey. She approached police about Peterson, whom she had just begun to date, after discovering he was actually married to a missing woman. At this point, Laci's family announced that they had withdrawn their support of him. They later said that they were angered not by the affair, but that he had told Frey that he'd "lost his wife" and that he would be spending his first Christmas without her on December 9th, 2002 – 2 weeks before she disappeared.[15] To the Rochas, this meant that he had already planned to kill Laci long before her disappearance.[16]

Frey agreed to let the police tape her subsequent phone conversations with Peterson, in hopes of getting him to confess.[17] During the trial, the audio recordings of his and Frey's telephone conversations were played, and the transcripts were publicized. The recordings revealed that in the days after Laci went missing, he claimed to Frey that he had traveled to Paris to celebrate the holidays, in part with his new companions Pasqual and François. In reality, he had made one of these phone calls while attending the New Year's Eve candlelight vigil in Modesto for Laci.[18]

Recovery of Laci's and Connor's remains

On April 13, 2003, the remains of a late term male fetus were found on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay in Richmond's Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, north of the Berkeley Marina, where Peterson had been boating the day of Laci's disappearance. The next day, a partial female torso missing its hands, feet, and head was found in the same area. It was identified as Laci's, and the fetus was hers. Autopsies were performed, but due to decomposition the exact cause of death could not be determined. The medical examiner did note that she had suffered some broken ribs (the 5th, 6th, and 9th ribs) prior to her death; these injuries were not caused by her body being dragged along the rocks in the bay. Prosecutors suggested that she could have been suffocated or strangled in their home.[19] The discovery of the bodies created a greater sense of urgency for Brocchini and Buehler, who had put a tracker on Peterson's car. Knowing that he was in San Diego at the time, they feared he would escape across the border to Mexico. Brocchini commented in 2017, "I just thought, 'We’ve got to find Scott right now. He told me he was there and that’s where the bodies come up? I mean, I believe it was premeditated, he planned it...San Diego was pretty darn close to the Mexican border. Scott knew the area pretty well. That's where his parents lived. That's where he lived. So it wasn't like he was going to have to get on MapQuest to try and figure out a way to get to Tijuana."[9]

The FBI and Modesto Police Department performed forensic searches of Peterson's home,[20] The FBI also conducted mitochondrial DNA testing on a hair from pliers found in Peterson's fishing boat that linked them with hairs recovered from Laci's hairbrush.[21] The authorities also searched Peterson's pickup truck, tool box, warehouse, and boat.[22]

After Peterson was arrested, police conducted further searches in the bay to locate hand-made concrete anchors they believe weighed down Laci's body while it was under water; however, nothing was found.[23]

Arrest

Peterson was arrested on April 18, 2003,[24] near a La Jolla golf course.[25] He claimed to be meeting his father and brother for a game of golf.[26] His naturally dark brown hair had been dyed blond,[27] and his Mercedes-Benz was "overstuffed" with miscellaneous items, including nearly $10,000 in cash, 12 Viagra tablets, survival gear,[28] camping equipment,[26][29] several changes of clothes, four cell phones,[29] and two driver's licenses, his and his brother's.[27][29] Peterson's father, Lee Peterson, explained that Peterson used his brother's license the day before to get a San Diego resident discount at the golf course, and that Peterson had been living out of his car because of the media attention.[29] However, police feared these items were an indication that Peterson planned to flee to Mexico, an idea with which prosecutors would later concur.[29][30]

On April 21, 2003, Peterson was arraigned in Stanislaus County Superior Court before Judge Nancy Ashley. He was charged with two felony counts of murder with premeditation and special circumstances:[31] the first degree murder of Laci and the second degree murder of Conner.[31] He pled not guilty.[31]

Trial

Peterson had been represented before his arraignment by Kirk McAllister, a veteran criminal defense attorney from Modesto. Chief Deputy Public Defender Kent Faulkner was also assigned to the case.[32] Peterson later indicated that he could afford a private attorney, namely Mark Geragos, who had done other high-profile criminal defense work.[32] A judge changed the venue of the trial from Modesto to Redwood City on January 20, 2004, due to increasing hostility toward Peterson in the Modesto area.[33]

Peterson's trial began on June 1, 2004,[31] and was followed closely by the media. The lead prosecutor was Rick Distaso. Geragos led Peterson's defense. Prosecution witness Frey engaged her own attorney, Gloria Allred, to represent her. Allred was not bound by the gag order imposed on those involved in the trial. Although she maintained that her client had no opinion about whether Peterson was guilty, Allred was openly sympathetic to the prosecution. She appeared frequently on television news programs during the trial.[34][35]

Peterson's defense lawyers based their case on the lack of direct evidence and played down the significance of circumstantial evidence.[36] They suggested that the fetal remains were of a full-term infant and theorized that someone kidnapped Laci, held her until she gave birth, and then dumped both bodies in the bay. The prosecution's medical experts contended that the baby was not full term and died at the same time as his mother.[37] Geragos suggested that a Satanic cult kidnapped the pregnant woman.[38] He claimed Peterson was "a cad" for cheating on Laci but was not a murderer.[36]

One juror was removed early in the trial due to misconduct and was replaced. Jury foreman and attorney Gregory Jackson later requested his own removal during jury deliberations, most likely because his fellow jurors wanted to replace him as foreman.[39] Geragos told reporters that Jackson had mentioned threats he received when he requested to be removed from the jury.[40] Jackson 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 the fetus she carried. The penalty phase of the trial began on November 30 and concluded December 13 at 1:50 pm. PST when the twelve-person jury returned a verdict of death.[citation needed]

Evidence

The only piece of forensic evidence identified was a single hair, thought to have been Laci's, found in a pair of pliers from Peterson's boat.[41] Finding and confirming physical evidence was limited. Although rumors have circulated that the home was scrubbed and smelled of bleach, detectives did not report any scent of bleach in the home the night they began the investigation. The boat was clean.

Peterson changed his appearance and purchased a vehicle using his mother's name in order to avoid recognition by the press. He added two pornographic television channels to his cable service only days after his wife's disappearance;[42] the prosecution suggested that this meant he knew she would not be returning home. Peterson expressed interest in selling the house he had shared with Laci,[43] and sold her Land Rover.[44]

Testimony for the prosecution included Rick Cheng, a hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey, and an expert witness on tides, particularly of the San Francisco Bay. Cheng admitted during his cross-examination that his findings were "probable, not precise";[45] tidal systems are sufficiently chaotic, and he was unable to develop an exact model of the bodies' disposal and travel. The prosecution explored an affair by the defendant with Frey, and the contents of their taped telephone calls.[46]

The defense suggested a sex worker accused of stealing checks from Peterson's mailbox may have murdered Laci, but Modesto police detective Mike Hermosa did not indicate that the sex worker was ever a suspect in her disappearance. Prosecutor Dave Harris noted that the checks were stolen after she vanished, meaning the woman was not involved in her disappearance.[47]

Dr. Charles March was expected to be a crucial witness for the defense, one who, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, could single-handedly exonerate Peterson by showing that the unborn son Laci carried died a week after prosecutors claimed. Under cross-examination, March admitted basing his findings on an anecdote from one of Laci's friends that she had taken a home pregnancy test on June 9, 2002. Prosecutors pointed out that no medical records relied on the June 9 date and March became flustered and confused on the stand – and even asked a prosecutor to cut him "some slack" – undermining his credibility. Summing up this key defense witness, Stan Goldman, a criminal law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles said, "There were moments today that reminded me of Chernobyl."[48] According to one newspaper account about March's testimony, "by the end of his testimony Thursday, legal analysts and jurors closed their notebooks, rolled their eyes, and snickered when they thought no one was looking."[49]

Motives

The prosecution presented Peterson's affair with Frey and money as motives for the murder. Prosecutors surmised that he killed Laci due to increasing debt and a desire to be single again.[50]

Verdict and sentencing

San Quentin State Prison, where Peterson is incarcerated

On November 12, 2004, Peterson was convicted of both counts of murder.[31] Judge Alfred A. Delucchi sentenced him to death, calling the murder of Laci "cruel, uncaring, heartless, and callous".[51] Members of the jury stated in later press appearances that they felt that Peterson's demeanor – specifically, his lack of emotion and the phone calls to Frey in the days following Laci's disappearance – indicated he was guilty. They based their verdict on "hundreds of small 'puzzle pieces' of circumstantial evidence that came out during the trial, from the location of Laci's body to the myriad of lies her husband told after her disappearance." They also decided on the death penalty because they felt he betrayed his responsibility to protect his wife and son.[52] On March 16, 2005, Judge Delucchi formally sentenced Peterson to death by lethal injection and ordered him to pay $10,000 toward the cost of Laci's funeral.[53][54][55]

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 17, 2005, Peterson arrived at San Quentin State Prison. He was reported not to have slept the night before, being too "jazzed" to sleep.[56][57] He joined other inmates in California's sole death row facility, while his case is on automatic appeal to the Supreme Court of California in San Francisco.[53] Cliff Gardner, Peterson's attorney, stated that the publicity surrounding the trial, incorrect evidentiary rulings, and other mistakes deprived Peterson of a fair trial.[58]

Appeal

On July 6, 2012, Gardner filed a 423-page appeal of his sentence, citing a jury affected by hostile publicity, incorrect evidentiary rulings and other mistakes deprived Peterson of a fair trial.[59][60] The State Attorney General's office filed their response brief on January 26, 2015.[61] The defense filed a response to the State's brief in July 2015, claiming that a certified dog that detected Laci's scent at Berkeley Marina had failed two-thirds of tests with similar conditions.[62]

In November 2015, the defense filed a habeas corpus petition, claiming that a juror lied on her jury application and that there was evidence that neighbors saw Laci alive after Scott left home.[63]

Media portrayals

  • In 2004, Peterson was played by Dean Cain in The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story.
  • In 2004, E! aired The E! True Hollywood Story on Laci Peterson.
  • In 2005, he was portrayed by Nathan Anderson in the TV movie, Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution.[64]
  • In 2015, the series Murder Made Me Famous covered the story.
  • He was mentioned in Episode 71 of Cold Case which started with a prosthetic arm being found in a body lake.
  • He was mentioned in the Tucker Max movie I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.
  • The Peterson case was covered in Episode 28 of Real Crime Profile Podcast, which featured Robert Chacon, one of the FBI agents on the case. The episode aired July 20, 2016.
  • Peterson's case was the topic of Investigation Discovery's True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, Episode 1: Scott Peterson (2010).[65]
  • In September 2017, Peterson's case was the topic on NBC's Dateline called, "The Laci Peterson Story: A Dateline Investigation."[66]
  • Court TV covered the case with a documentary titled "Scott Peterson: A Deadly Game"
  • Peterson's case was the main focus of "Notorious: Scott Peterson", the Season 20 premiere of the Oxygen TV series Snapped.[67]
  • In 2017, ABC aired a two hour documentary on the case titled "Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson".
  • In 2017, the case was covered in A&E's six part series titled "The Murder of Laci Peterson".

Further reading

  • Beratlis, Greg; Marino, Tom; Belmessieri, Mike; Lear, Dennis; Nice, Richelle; Guinasso, John; Zanartu, Julie; Swertlow, Frank; Stambler, Lyndon (2007). We, the Jury: Deciding the Scott Peterson Case. Beverly Hills, CA: Phoenix Books. ISBN 1-59777-536-3. 
  • Bird, Anne (2005). Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty. New York: Regan Books. ISBN 9780060838577. 
  • Crier, Catherine; Thompson, Cole (2005). A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation. New York: ReganBooks. ISBN 0-06-076612-3. 
  • Dalton, Matt; Hill, Bonnie Hearn (2005). Presumed Guilty: What the Jury Never Knew About Laci Peterson's Murder and Why Scott Peterson Should Not Be on Death Row. New York: Atria. ISBN 978-0743286954. 
  • Lee, Henry C.; Labriola, Jerry (2006). Dr. Henry Lee's Forensic Files: Five Famous Cases Scott Peterson, Elizabeth Smart, and more... Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-59102-409-9. 
  • Thomas, Donna. I'm Sorry I Lied To You: The Confession of Scott Peterson (3rd ed.). Duj Pepperman Enterprises. ISBN 1-59453-969-3. 

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External links

  • Kim, Eun Kyung (August 15, 2017). "Scott Peterson breaks silence on wife's murder in death row phone call ". Today.
  • "Inside Scott Peterson's Shockingly Comfortable Life on Death Row (EXCLUSIVE)". In Touch Weekly. June 1, 2016.
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