Scott Peterson is an American man who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son in 2002. His trial was one of the most highly publicized criminal trials in the United States, and his conviction and death sentence sparked a great deal of debate and controversy. This article looks at the life and trial of Scott Peterson, as well as the post-conviction developments.
Early Life of Scott Peterson
Scott Peterson was born in San Diego, California, in 1972. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in 1995 and began working as a fertilizer salesman. In 1997, he met Laci Rocha, a substitute teacher, and the two married in 2003. They moved to Modesto, California, and Laci became pregnant with their first child.
In 2002, Laci vanished on Christmas Eve. Despite a massive search, her body was not found until April 2003. Scott was arrested in April 2003 and charged with two counts of murder.
Trial and Conviction
Scott Peterson’s trial began in June 2004 and lasted for five months. The prosecution argued that Scott had murdered Laci in order to start a new life with his mistress, Amber Frey. The defense argued that Laci had been abducted and murdered by an unknown assailant.
The jury found Scott guilty of first-degree murder in November 2004. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection.
Since his conviction, Scott Peterson has continued to appeal his case. In 2016, a California court upheld his conviction, but overturned his death sentence. He is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
In addition, the case has been the subject of numerous books, documentaries, and movies. Most recently, a six-part documentary series, The Murder of Laci Peterson, was released in 2017.
Scott Peterson’s conviction and death sentence sparked a great deal of debate and controversy. While his conviction has been upheld, his death sentence has been overturned. His case has also been the subject of numerous books, documentaries, and movies. Despite his conviction, the mystery of what happened to Laci Peterson remains unsolved.