A Calfornia district attorney has abandoned his efforts to seek a new death sentence against Scott Peterson, who was convicted in 2005 for the murder of his pregnant wife and unborn child, according to a court file.
The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office said it made the decision after consulting with Laci Peterson’s family. Peterson’s death sentence was overturned by the state Supreme Court, which ruled that potential jurors had been removed from office because they disagreed with capital punishment.
In the case filed in San Mateo Superior Court, District Attorney Birgit Fladager said Laci Peterson’s family was convinced her husband had killed her and their unborn child Connor, but did not want to pursue the case. punishment because “this process is just too painful to endure once again.”
THE SCOTT PETERSON FAMILY REACT TO THE RECOGNITION OF ITS CASE BY THE SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA
Peterson, 48, was sentenced in San Mateo court after his trial was transferred from Stanislaus County due to massive pre-trial publicity following his 27-year-old wife’s disappearance on Christmas Eve 2002.
He maintained his innocence.
Prosecutors said Peterson transported the bodies from his home in Modesto and dumped them from a fishing boat in San Francisco Bay. They resurfaced months later.
A judge is considering granting Peterson a new trial for potential juror misconduct in his first trial. The juror did not disclose that she sought a restraining order in 2000 against a boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend.
She said while seeking the order that she feared for her unborn child. The judge must decide whether this amounts to juror misconduct and, if so, whether it is so prejudicial that a new trial is warranted.
If no new trial is granted, Peterson will be sentenced to life imprisonment.
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Peterson’s sister-in-law Janey Peterson recently claimed she has evidence that shows there is “no guilt scenario” for him.
She told “48 Hours” that detectives never followed up on any leads related to a home burglary in front of the Peterson House. She said Laci Peterson caught the burglars in the act and was kidnapped and killed as a result.
She alleged neighbors saw Laci Peterson on the morning of her disappearance after her husband had already left their home on a fishing trip.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.