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  • Services for Peterson will be private

    08/26/2003 5:29:27 AM PDT · by runningbear · 157 replies · 396+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | August 26, 2003 | John Cote'
    Services for Peterson will be privateServices for Peterson will be private By JOHN COTÉ BEE STAFF WRITER Published: August 26, 2003, 04:52:21 AM PDT Laci Peterson's family on Monday had not decided on funeral arrangements for her, but had determined that any ceremony will be closed to the public, a family spokeswoman said. "They held the public memorial and appreciate the outpouring of support from the community," said Kim Petersen, executive director of the Carole Sund- Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation. The foundation has assisted the family since Laci Peterson, 27, was reported missing Christmas Eve. "If they choose to do...
  • Hypnosis testimony use 'a risk'

    09/10/2003 5:27:47 AM PDT · by runningbear · 169 replies · 495+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | Sept 10, 2003 | John Cote'
    Hypnosis testimony use 'a risk'Hypnosis testimony use 'a risk' By JOHN COTÉ BEE STAFF WRITER Published: September 10, 2003, 04:50:01 AM PDT Investigators handling the double-murder case against Scott Peterson used an increasingly rare and legally risky tactic by interviewing a witness using "hypnosis techniques," legal observers said Tuesday. "They're taking a risk," said Dr. David Spiegel, associate chairman of psychiatry at Stanford University. "There must be some reason why they want to take that risk." The jeopardy stems from a state law passed in 1984 that severely restricts the use of information from a hypnotized witness at trial --...
  • Evidence from bay prompts speculation in Peterson case

    09/16/2003 5:56:44 AM PDT · by runningbear · 304 replies · 1,061+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | Sept 16, 2003 | Garth Stapely and John Cote'
    Evidence from bay prompts speculation in Peterson case Evidence from bay prompts speculation in Peterson case By GARTH STAPLEY and JOHN COTÉ BEE STAFF WRITERS Published: September 16, 2003, 05:35:14 AM PDT When authorities recovered Laci Peterson's remains on the shore of San Francisco Bay, they also found tape and clear plastic sheeting nearby. The significance is unknown, given a court-imposed gag order on the double-murder case that prevents either side from discussing evidence. But that hasn't prevented a host of theories from pundits, observers and experts on what the plastic may or may not mean. There appear to be...
  • Inmate: Peterson pursued kidnap

    09/21/2003 10:15:42 AM PDT · by EggsAckley · 7 replies · 262+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 9-20-03 | michael baker, john cote
    <p>FRESNO -- A jail inmate here says Scott Peterson, during a November meeting with two members of a neo-Nazi gang, broached the idea of kidnapping his wife. Laci Peterson, 27 and pregnant, disappeared from her Modesto home just before Christmas, and her remains washed ashore in San Francisco Bay in mid-April. Her 30-year-old husband is charged with the murders of his wife and their unborn son.</p>
  • Caffeine found in Peterson's body

    09/22/2003 5:34:44 AM PDT · by runningbear · 365 replies · 836+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | Sept 22, 2003 | John Cote' and Garth Stapely
    Caffeine found in Peterson's bodyCaffeine found in Peterson's body By JOHN COTÉ and GARTH STAPLEY Published: September 22, 2003, 04:31:40 AM PDT Laci Peterson had caffeine in her system when she died, a toxicology report shows, while her unborn son, Conner, did not, a source familiar with the tests said. Toxicology documents also show that police specifically asked medical examiners to test Peterson's remains for the "date rape" drug GHB, and that none was found. "Toxicology testing performed on skeletal muscle is positive only for caffeine and PEA (decomposition product)," according to a report from the Contra Costa County coroner's...
  • Bizarre new twist in Laci Peterson murder investigation

    09/22/2003 6:35:59 AM PDT · by Orange1998 · 11 replies · 301+ views
    ABC13.com ^ | 09/22/2003 | ABC13
    Bizarre new twist in Laci Peterson murder investigation An inmate has come forward with accusations of a kidnapping plot that puts a new slant on the Laci Peterson murder investigation. ABC13 Eyewitness News (9/22/03 - HOUSTON) — A bizzare twist has emerged in the Laci Peterson murder case. A prison inmate named Cory Carroll says he and two other members of a neo-Nazi gang allegedly spoke with Scott Peterson about kidnapping his wife. Carroll says he met Peterson at a strip club and arranged a second meeting with two gang members known as "Dirty" and "Skeeter." Caroll's attorney says he...
  • Peterson, Frey had frequent contact

    09/25/2003 9:11:02 AM PDT · by runningbear · 496 replies · 409+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | Sept 25, 2003 | John Cote' and Garth Stapely
    Peterson, Frey had frequent contactPeterson, Frey had frequent contact By GARTH STAPLEY and JOHN COTÉ BEE STAFF WRITERS Published: September 25, 2003, 08:02:39 AM PDT Scott Peterson exchanged at least 18 telephone calls with his girlfriend in the nine days before his pregnant wife disappeared, according to partial phone records. He also received at least 47 calls from Amber Frey to his cell phones in the three weeks after authorities believe he killed his wife and their unborn son, the records reveal. All 65 calls -- totaling more than 3 1/2 hours -- were made at a time when Scott...
  • Slaying theories involve devil, Nazis, art

    10/06/2003 5:46:03 AM PDT · by runningbear · 361 replies · 239+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | Oct 6, 2003 | Julia Prodis Sulek
    Slaying theories involve devil, Nazis, artPosted on Mon, Oct. 06, 2003 Slaying theories involve devil, Nazis, art HEARING OCT. 20 IN CASE OF MODESTO HOMEMAKER By Julia Prodis Sulek Mercury News MODESTO - Nazi Low Riders named Dirty and Skeeter, an old Satanic cult called the Order of Lion, and bizarre paintings of decapitated women and floating fetuses. These are the latest surreal elements in the Laci Peterson murder case. Who could have guessed that the death of this pregnant homemaker who watched ``Martha Stewart Living'' each morning and had a wine-of-the-month club membership would be intertwined with such seamy...
  • Theories unfold as hearing nears in Peterson case

    10/14/2003 5:36:21 AM PDT · by runningbear · 313 replies · 320+ views
    Theories unfold as hearing nears in Peterson case Posted on Sun, Oct. 12, 2003 Theories unfold as hearing nears in Peterson case By Julia Prodis Sulek SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS MODESTO - Nazi Low Riders named Dirty and Skeeter, an old Satanic cult called the Order of the Lion, and bizarre paintings of decapitated women and floating fetuses. These are the latest surreal elements in the Laci Peterson slaying case. Who could have guessed that the death of this pregnant homemaker who watched "Martha Stewart Living" each morning and had a wine-of-the-month club membership would be intertwined with such seamy...
  • Peterson's Mistress Seeks To Stop Sale Of Nude Photos

    10/22/2003 5:26:32 AM PDT · by runningbear · 907 replies · 3,056+ views
    NBC4.com ^ | Oct 21, 2003
    Peterson's Mistress Seeks To Stop Sale Of Nude Photos Amber Frey Admits To Posing NudePeterson's Mistress Seeks To Stop Sale Of Nude Photos Amber Frey Admits To Posing Nude POSTED: 8:27 a.m. PDT October 21, 2003 UPDATED: 8:38 a.m. PDT October 21, 2003 LOS ANGELES -- The woman who admitted having an affair with accused killer Scott Peterson filed a federal lawsuit Monday in an attempt to stop attempts to sell nude photos of her. Amber Frey said she posed nude and partially clothed for a Clovis modeling agency in 1999. Though she decided not to continue with the agency,...
  • For Modesto, Peterson slaying cements dark notoriety

    10/27/2003 5:40:38 AM PST · by runningbear · 213 replies · 252+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | Oct 27, 2003 | Julia Prodis Sulek
    For Modesto, Peterson slaying cements dark notorietyPosted on Mon, Oct. 27, 2003 For Modesto, Peterson slaying cements dark notoriety CASE TOUCHES NERVE IN TOWN FAMILIAR WITH TRAGIC TALES By Julia Prodis Sulek Mercury News MODESTO - Twice a week, locals get a shadowy glimpse of Scott Peterson as he strolls around the fenced roof of the downtown jail. The time varies, just in case someone tries to take a shot at him. Some people are withholding judgment about whether the 30-year-old fertilizer salesman is guilty of killing his pregnant wife and her fetus, at least until prosecutors reveal their case...
  • Laci Peterson hearing set to begin

    10/29/2003 5:36:29 AM PST · by runningbear · 451 replies · 601+ views
    USAToday ^ | Posted 10/29/2003 6:53 AM | Al Golube
    Laci Peterson hearing set to beginScott Peterson, left, and defense attorney Kirk McAllister enter the courtroom on Oct. 24. By Al Golub, AP Laci Peterson hearing set to begin SACRAMENTO (AP) — For months, there have only been glimpses into why prosecutors believe Laci Peterson's husband killed her and their unborn son. A clearer picture of their case was expected to emerge Wednesday with the start of a preliminary hearing to determine whether Scott Peterson must stand trial on murder charges that could bring the death penalty. Observers believe the hearing in Modesto will reveal the most detail to date...
  • Day One: "DNA 101"

    10/30/2003 5:29:43 AM PST · by runningbear · 345 replies · 307+ views
    KGO TV ^ | Oct 29 2003
    Day One: "DNA 101"Day One: "DNA 101" Peterson Hearing Resumes Thursday (AP) Oct. 29 (AP) — A hair found in a pair of pliers on the boat Scott Peterson took fishing the day his wife disappeared matched a genetic sample from Laci Peterson's mother, an FBI expert testified Wednesday, as prosecutors sought to have him tried in the murder of his wife and unborn son. Major Players Amber Frey's Impact Laci, Conner Buried Hearing To Remain Open Satanic Evidence? Talk About This Story Full Coverage For much of the day inside a packed courtroom, FBI lab supervisor Constance Fisher testified...
  • SCOTT: I WEEP IN JAIL

    10/31/2003 5:31:29 AM PST · by runningbear · 817 replies · 1,135+ views
    The NY Post ^ | October 31, 2003 | HOWARD BREUER
    SCOTT: I WEEP IN JAIL LaciSCOTT: I WEEP IN JAIL By HOWARD BREUER -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- October 31, 2003 -- MODESTO, Calif. - Jail is a bummer to Scott Peterson, who says in letters to a pal that he's cried in his bunk over the deaths of the wife and son he allegedly killed. "I am finding it so difficult to grieve for them here," he wrote in letters revealed by a local TV station. "At night, I have my head buried in a blanket. I don't want the other inmates to see the tears." Peterson's letters to a friend - written...
  • DNA Dispute In Laci Case

    11/03/2003 5:43:31 AM PST · by runningbear · 250 replies · 509+ views
    CBS News ^ | Oct 30, 2003
    DNA Dispute In Laci CaseScott Peterson enters the courtroom in Stanislaus County Superior Court in Modesto, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2003. (Photo: AP)DNA Dispute In Laci Case MODESTO, Calif., Oct. 30, 2003 Peterson Hearing Opens The hair, found in a pair of pliers on the boat Scott Peterson took fishing the day his wife disappeared, matched a genetic sample from Laci Peterson's mother, an FBI expert testified Wednesday, the first day of the preliminary hearing. (CBS/AP) As Scott Peterson's preliminary hearing resumes in Modesto, California Thursday, disputed DNA evidence will likely be the center of attention. The hearing will determine...
  • Day 4 Scott Peterson Case

    11/04/2003 5:44:16 AM PST · by runningbear · 245 replies · 786+ views
    Fox News ^ | Nov 3, 2003 | AP
    Day 4 Scott Peterson Case The Associated Press November 3, 2003 Defense attorneys in the Laci Peterson murder case Monday challenged the type of DNA analysis done on a hair found in Scott Peterson's boat, saying the technique is too unreliable to be used in court. Prosecutors believe the hair, found in a pair of pliers in the boat, could be from Peterson's wife, Laci, the mother-to-be who disappeared last December. An FBI crime lab supervisor testified during the preliminary hearing last week that mitochondrial DNA from the hair matched a gene swab taken earlier this year from Laci Peterson's...
  • Peterson attorney asks about hair, fish story

    11/05/2003 5:38:27 AM PST · by runningbear · 266 replies · 314+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | Nov 5, 2003 | John Cote' and Garth Stapely
    Peterson attorney asks about hair, fish storyPeterson attorney asks about hair, fish story Detective Jon Evers leaves court after Tuesday’s hearing. AL GOLUB/THE BEE Detective Jon Evers testifies before Judge Al Girolami during the Peterson preliminary hearing on Tuesday. LAURIE McADAM/THE BEE By JOHN COTÉ and GARTH STAPLEY BEE STAFF WRITERS Last Updated: November 5, 2003, 04:06:43 AM PST A defense attorney for Scott Peterson suggested in court Tuesday that police planted evidence to frame him. Attorney Kirk McAllister peppered Modesto police Detective Jon Evers with questions about evidence handling at Scott and Laci Peterson's Covena Avenue home on Dec....
  • SCOTT TRYST TWIST

    11/06/2003 5:29:25 AM PST · by runningbear · 459 replies · 282+ views
    The NY Post ^ | Nov 6, 2003
    SCOTT TRYST TWIST BED HOPPER: Scott Peterson, in court recently, "has a need" for adultery, a relative says. - Pool photo SCOTT TRYST TWIST By HOWARD BREUER -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 6, 2003 -- MODESTO, Calif. - Scott Peterson might have had up to six extramarital flings, and defense lawyers will use his alleged bed-hopping to debunk claims he killed his wife to be with gal pal Amber Frey, sources told The Post. The legal counter-punch would try to prove Peterson had no reason to kill for Frey, a 28-year-old massage therapist, because he was happy just running around behind Laci's back,...
  • SCOTT IN SICK LACI LIE TO LOVER

    11/07/2003 5:39:51 AM PST · by runningbear · 683 replies · 593+ views
    NY Post.com ^ | Nov 7, 2003 | HOWARD BREUER
    SCOTT IN SICK LACI LIE TO LOVER SCOTT PETERSON Prophetic death fib.SCOTT IN SICK LACI LIE TO LOVER By HOWARD BREUER -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- November 7, 2003 -- MODESTO, Calif. - Scott Peterson lied to mistress Amber Frey, telling her his wife was dead - a prophetic fib told on the very same day he purchased a boat possibly used in Laci Peterson's murder, a cop testified yesterday. Detective Al Brocchini also suggested that the fertilizer salesman knew his pregnant wife was dead a day after she was reported missing. Brocchini said Peterson asked him on Christmas Day 2002 whether cops had...
  • Peterson's ex-girlfriend testifies today

    11/12/2003 5:28:47 AM PST · by runningbear · 259 replies · 633+ views
    The National Post ^ | 11/12/03 | Julie Smith
    Peterson's ex-girlfriend testifies todayAmber Frey: Detective told court husband lamented wife's death weeks before her murderPeterson's ex-girlfriend testifies today Amber Frey: Detective told court husband lamented wife's death weeks before her murder Julie Smyth National Post Wednesday, November 12, 2003 Laci and Scott Peterson celebrate Christmas in this undated family photo. Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant, disappeared last Christmas Eve. Her body and that of her unborn son were found in April. The murder trial of Scott Peterson, accused of killing his pregnant wife and their unborn child, has not even begun, yet a preliminary hearing is already...
  • Surveillance of Scott Peterson's home takes center stage

    11/13/2003 5:29:30 AM PST · by runningbear · 468 replies · 649+ views
    CNN.com/Law center ^ | Thursday, November 13, 2003 Posted: 5:46 AM EST (1046 GMT
    Surveillance of Scott Peterson's home takes center stageSurveillance of Scott Peterson's home takes center stage Thursday, November 13, 2003 Posted: 5:46 AM EST (1046 GMT) MODESTO, California (CNN) -- A Modesto police detective testified Wednesday that investigators set up a video surveillance of Scott Peterson's home to monitor his activities soon after his pregnant wife disappeared. The issue was raised in the ongoing preliminary hearing for Peterson, who is charged with murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife, Laci, and unborn son. Defense attorney Mark Geragos was outraged that defense attorneys had only recently learned of the tapes, and...
  • Peterson seen driving to marina 3 times

    11/14/2003 5:32:37 AM PST · by runningbear · 395 replies · 685+ views
    SFChronicle.com ^ | November 14, 2003 | Henry Lee
    Peterson seen driving to marina 3 times Amber Frey not expected to testify at Modesto hearing Peterson seen driving to marina 3 times Amber Frey not expected to testify at Modesto hearing Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer Friday, November 14, 2003 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Modesto -- Scott Peterson drove rental cars to the Berkeley Marina three times in the days after his pregnant wife disappeared, gazing at the water before returning home to Modesto, a detective testified Thursday. Peterson spent only a couple of minutes each time at the marina, where he had told police he went fishing the day his...
  • Detective: Laci Peterson's body dressed in tan pants, contradicting

    11/17/2003 5:38:18 AM PST · by runningbear · 253 replies · 472+ views
    SFChronicle.com ^ | 11/14/2003 | Brian Melley
    Detective: Laci Peterson's body dressed in tan pants, contradicting husband's account Detective: Laci Peterson's body dressed in tan pants, contradicting husband's account BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press Writer Friday, November 14, 2003 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (11-14) 12:31 PST MODESTO, Calif. (AP) -- A police detective acknowleged Friday that he didn't follow up on a tip from a woman who claimed to have seen someone resembling Laci Peterson in a park on the day her husband says she disappeared. Under cross-examination by attorneys for Scott Peterson, Detective Philip Owen said he didn't pursue the tip because he didn't think it was "going in the...
  • Peterson held over for trial

    11/19/2003 5:44:27 AM PST · by runningbear · 96 replies · 367+ views
    Tje Modesto Bee ^ | November 18, 2003 | John Cote'
    Peterson held over for trialPeterson held over for trial By JOHN COTÉ BEE STAFF WRITER Last Updated: November 18, 2003, 02:15:14 PM PST 2:07 p.m., PST: A judge this morning held Scott Peterson to answer on double murder charges in the deaths of his wife and son.Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Al Girolami's ruling followed a short day in court that included testimony Peterson had $15,000 cash and extensive camping gear with him when he was arrested. The driver's license issued to Peterson's brother was on the center console of the car next to Peterson's wallet, Detective Jon Buehler testified....
  • Peterson attorney wants $15,000 back

    11/20/2003 6:04:54 AM PST · by runningbear · 174 replies · 498+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | November 19, 2003 | John Cote' and Garth Stapely
    Peterson attorney wants $15,000 backPeterson attorney wants $15,000 back By JOHN COTÉ and GARTH STAPLEY BEE STAFF WRITERS Last Updated: November 19, 2003, 08:20:52 AM PST Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Al Girolami plans to hear arguments on releasing two pieces of evidence Dec. 3, when Scott Peterson is to be arraigned on the double-murder charges upheld Tuesday at his preliminary hearing. Defense attorney Mark Geragos asked prosecutors to release the $15,000 cash Peterson had with him when he was arrested and Peterson's Ford pickup, which police seized in December. "It's an expensive task for the family to fund this,"...
  • Few bites from fishermen on Peterson sturgeon alibi

    12/01/2003 5:53:02 AM PST · by runningbear · 58 replies · 2,956+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | Nov 30 2003 | Garth stapely
    Few bites from fishermen on Peterson sturgeon alibiFew bites from fishermen on Peterson sturgeon alibi Searchers left Berkeley Marina in January, looking for the body of Laci Peterson. Her husband said he was fishing there on Dec. 24. THE BEE By GARTH STAPLEY BEE STAFF WRITER Last Updated: November 30, 2003, 11:03:43 AM PST Details from Scott Peterson's preliminary hearing about his Christmas Eve fishing trip left some already skeptical fishermen with more doubt. "None of his story made any sense," said Carl Costley of Oakdale, who has fished 35 years for huge, tough-skinned sturgeon. "It just doesn't hold water."...
  • Prosecution claims Peterson's pickup was used to dump body

    12/03/2003 5:40:41 AM PST · by runningbear · 256 replies · 645+ views
    The Contra Costa Times ^ | Dec 3, 2003 | Brian Anderson
    Prosecution claims Peterson's pickup was used to dump body Posted on Wed, Dec. 03, 2003 Prosecution claims Peterson's pickup was used to dump body By Brian Anderson CONTRA COSTA TIMES With hands bloodied, Scott Peterson hauled the body of his wife, Laci, from their Modesto house to his pickup truck in an hours-long effort to dispose of her in San Francisco Bay, prosecutors said in court papers filed Tuesday. Stanislaus County prosecutors said they believe Peterson drove his Ford F-150 to a warehouse he used for work, hooked up his fishing boat and steered his truck west. He had cut...
  • Friend: Peterson was frantic

    12/08/2003 5:52:00 AM PST · by runningbear · 663 replies · 321+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | 12/05/03 | Garth stapely
    Friend: Peterson was franticFriend: Peterson was frantic By GARTH STAPLEY BEE STAFF WRITER Last Updated: December 5, 2003, 07:25:21 AM PST Scott Peterson sounded frantic when he called a friend after Peterson's pregnant wife disappeared Christmas Eve, Modesto businessman Gregory Reed said Thursday. Reed's name surfaced in the intrigue-packed preliminary hearing for Scott Peterson. The hearing ended Nov. 18 with a judge ordering the 31-year-old former fertilizer salesman to stand trial on charges of slaying Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner. Other former acquaintances of the defendant, also mentioned at the proceeding, refused to comment. Reed and his wife,...
  • False rumor led to a law

    01/05/2004 5:38:21 AM PST · by runningbear · 51 replies · 161+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Jan 5 2004 | Eric Stern
    False rumor led to a lawFalse rumor led to a lawLife insurance notification bill was prompted by talk in Laci Peterson case. By Eric Stern -- Bee Capitol Bureau Published 2:15 a.m. PST Monday, January 5, 2004 Though well-intentioned, Assemblyman Dave Cogdill relied on false rumors about the Laci Peterson case to push changes in insurance laws at his wife's urging. It started in January 2003, when Cogdill, a Republican from Modesto, and his wife, Stephanie, heard a news update about Peterson. The pregnant Modesto resident had disappeared a few weeks earlier, around Christmas Eve. The story was making the...
  • BURGLAR MAY TESTIFY vs. LACI HUBBY

    01/06/2004 5:45:39 AM PST · by runningbear · 122 replies · 96+ views
    The NY Post ^ | Jan 6 2004 | HOWARD BREUER
    BURGLAR MAY TESTIFY vs LACI HUBBYBURGLAR MAY TESTIFY vs. LACI HUBBY By HOWARD BREUER -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- January 6, 2004 -- MODESTO, Calif. - A convicted burglar who targeted neighbors of Scott and Laci Peterson around the time Laci disappeared may testify at Scott's murder trial to try to refute testimony from a potentially key defense witness. Prosecutors filed documents yesterday seeking to allow Steven Wayne Todd, 37, to testify in the sensational case. Last February, Todd was sentenced to more than eight years for burglaries in December 2002. Prosecutors may try to use Todd to undermine the defense's assertions that detectives...
  • Judge to Hear Arguments on Moving Peterson Trial

    01/08/2004 5:18:23 AM PST · by runningbear · 102 replies · 232+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan 7 2004 | AP
    Judge to Hear Arguments on Moving Peterson Trial Thursday, January 08, 2004 MODESTO, Calif. — The judge in the Laci Peterson (search) murder case hears arguments Thursday on the defense request to move Scott Peterson's (search) trial out of Modesto. Laci Peterson's husband is charged with murdering her and their unborn son just over a year ago. Peterson's lawyer, Mark Geragos (search), says Modesto citizens are prejudiced against his client, making it difficult for him to get a fair trial. Geragos has referred to Laci Peterson as a "posthumous celebrity," and says her husband has been demonized. Prosecutors say widespread...
  • Distaso attacks defense motion

    01/09/2004 5:36:03 AM PST · by runningbear · 135 replies · 260+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | Jan 8 2004 | John Cote'
    Distaso attacks defense motionDistaso attacks defense motion By JOHN COTÉ BEE STAFF WRITER Last Updated: January 8, 2004, 08:14:12 AM PST Prosecutors Wednesday countered a defense effort to dismiss double-murder charges against Scott Peterson. They argued that there was only one reasonable explanation for the bodies of his wife and unborn son washing ashore along San Francisco Bay: "The evidence leads only to the conclusion that Laci was killed at the hands of another (the defendant)," Deputy District Attorney Rick Distaso wrote in documents filed in Stanislaus County Superior Court. The defense contends prosecutors failed to show at a November...
  • Judical Council Reveals Peterson Venue Choices

    01/14/2004 5:45:38 AM PST · by runningbear · 166 replies · 254+ views
    KTVU News ^ | Jan 13 2004
    Judical Council Reveals Peterson Venue Choices Judical Council Reveals Peterson Venue Choices POSTED: 2:51 PM PST January 13, 2004 UPDATED: 3:46 PM PST January 13, 2004 SAN FRANCISCO -- The Judicial Council of California announced Tuesday that the Scott Peterson capital murder trial can be moved to Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo or Orange counties. Video: Judge Al Girolami Explains The Reasons To Move Trial The ruling came down after those courts informed the Judicial Council that they were able to accommodate the change of venue without undue burden. The three Northern California counties were the preference of Stanislaus County...
  • Judge Denies Peterson Dismissal Petition

    01/15/2004 5:49:27 AM PST · by runningbear · 87 replies · 361+ views
    KTVU News ^ | Jan 14 2004
    Judge Denies Peterson Dismissal Petition Starting back with this story. (all, those who didn't see this, watch the video clip of the court room action)Judge Denies Peterson Dismissal Petition POSTED: 11:06 AM PST January 14, 2004 UPDATED: 12:19 PM PST January 14, 2004 MODESTO -- As expected, a judge Wednesday denied a petition by Scott Peterson that sought to have the capital murder charges against him dismissed, but not before an emotional prosecutor Rick Distaso pointed at the Modesto fertilizer salesman and proclaimed that "this man murdered Laci Peterson." Courtroom Video: Attorneys Spar During Wednesday's Hearing Judge Maria Silveira, sitting...
  • Prosecutors favor Santa Clara County location for murder trial

    01/20/2004 5:48:01 AM PST · by runningbear · 148 replies · 238+ views
    The Contra Costa Times ^ | Jan. 19, 2004 | Brian Anderson
    Prosecutors favor Santa Clara County location for murder trialPosted on Mon, Jan. 19, 2004 Prosecutors favor Santa Clara County location for murder trial By Brian Anderson CONTRA COSTA TIMES Scott Peterson's prosecutors have urged a Stanislaus County judge to move the upcoming trial to the Bay Area's Santa Clara County, but also have asked that Sacramento County be considered. In court documents released over the weekend, prosecutor David Harris said Santa Clara County in the South Bay has a large enough jury pool, is close to Modesto and has had less media coverage of the disappearance and slaying of Laci...
  • Retired judge chosen to preside over Scott Peterson murder trial

    01/22/2004 5:39:59 AM PST · by runningbear · 474 replies · 1,766+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, January 21, 2004 | Kim Curtis
    Retired judge chosen to preside over Scott Peterson murder trialRetired judge chosen to preside over Scott Peterson murder trial KIM CURTIS, Associated Press Writer Wednesday, January 21, 2004 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (01-21) 12:17 PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The judge presiding over Scott Peterson's murder trial will be Richard Arnason, a retired Contra Costa County judge chosen Wednesday by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George. Scott Peterson's murder trial is being moved to the San Francisco Bay area because of hostility toward Peterson in his dead wife's hometown. Judge Al Girolami ruled earlier this month that the trial had to be...
  • The people v. Scott Peterson

    02/02/2004 5:47:12 AM PST · by runningbear · 144 replies · 730+ views
    San Mateo Journal ^ | Feb 2 2004 | Michelle Durand
    The people v. Scott PetersonThe people v. Scott Peterson By Michelle Durand, Daily Journal Staff In a perfect world, Laci and Scott Peterson would be together today, anticipating the first birthday of their son Connor in one week. Instead, Laci and Connor are dead and Scott Peterson is facing a possible death sentence if convicted of killing his family. The case has all the makings of a thrilling page-turner: an attractive substitute teacher, happily expecting her first child when she mysteriously disappears on Christmas Eve; the doting husband who is having an extramarital affair in the weeks before his wife...
  • Peterson attorneys take new local poll

    02/04/2004 5:40:33 AM PST · by runningbear · 124 replies · 236+ views
    The Oakland Tribune ^ | Feb 4 2004 | Jason Dearen
    Peterson attorneys take new local poll Article Last Updated: Wednesday, February 04, 2004 - 3:49:28 AM PST Peterson attorneys take new local poll Legal team may ask for another change of venue in murder case By Jason Dearen, STAFF WRITER REDWOOD CITY -- The Scott Peterson legal defense team is polling San Mateo County residents regarding the double-murder case to help decide whether to request another change of venue. Over the past few days, residents have received calls from pollsters led by Paul Strand, dean of arts and letters at San Diego State University, who conducted a similar study for...
  • Two men face murder trials for deaths of pregnant wives

    02/09/2004 5:25:36 AM PST · by runningbear · 429 replies · 2,908+ views
    The Argus ^ | Feb 6 2004 | Amelia Hansen
    Two men face murder trials for deaths of pregnant wives Article Last Updated: Friday, February 06, 2004 - 3:36:15 AM PST Two men face murder trials for deaths of pregnant wives One gets headlines around the world; the other is largely ignored By Amelia Hansen, STAFF WRITER REDWOOD CITY -- Deep inside the Maguire Correctional Facility, a man accused of killing his pregnant wife and unborn child sits waiting for his day in court. His name is not Scott Peterson. But like Peterson, he is in his 30s, has dark hair, and will stand trial for multiple counts of murder....
  • GPS data at issue in Peterson case

    02/17/2004 5:29:10 AM PST · by runningbear · 161 replies · 270+ views
    CNN.com/Law center ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2004
    GPS data at issue in Peterson caseScott Peterson is charged with killing his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son. GPS data at issue in Peterson case Judge to hear defense request to sequester jury Tuesday, February 17, 2004 Posted: 0544 GMT ( 1:44 PM HKT) REDWOOD CITY, California (CNN) -- Prosecutors and defense attorneys in Scott Peterson's murder trial are due in court again Tuesday to argue whether information gathered from tracking Peterson's vehicles by satellite after his wife disappeared should be admitted as evidence. Peterson, 31, is charged with killing his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son....
  • Haggling Over Evidence in Peterson Trial

    03/01/2004 5:35:24 AM PST · by runningbear · 354 replies · 154+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 3/01/2004 | Brian Skoloff
    Haggling Over Evidence in Peterson Trial Haggling Over Evidence in Peterson Trial Monday March 1, 2004 10:46 AM By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press Writer REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Just days before jury selection is set to begin, attorneys in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial continue to haggle over the admissibility of evidence. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi has already made several key rulings in the case, including a decision to allow prosecutors to use evidence police gathered with electronic devices used to track Peterson after his wife disappeared. But still at issue is the admissibility of monitored phone calls, which was...
  • DREAD 'TAKING TOLL' ON AMBER

    03/15/2004 5:37:18 AM PST · by runningbear · 93 replies · 739+ views
    The NY Post ^ | March 15 2004 | HOWARD BREUER
    DREAD 'TAKING TOLL' ON AMBER MISS STRESS: Amber Frey has been busy preparing for the birth of her baby while dreading the inevitable call to ex-lover Scott Peterson's trial, her dad says. - ZUMA Press DREAD 'TAKING TOLL' ON AMBER By HOWARD BREUER -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 15, 2004 -- LOS ANGELES - Scott Peterson's former mistress Amber Frey is carrying two burdens these days: the baby boy that's due within a few weeks and her obligation to take the witness stand in her ex-lover's double-murder trial, her father says. Frey, 29, and her live-in boyfriend, Dr. David Markovich, a chiropractor, are...
  • SCOTT'S STICKY TAPES

    03/23/2004 5:30:59 AM PST · by runningbear · 394 replies · 172+ views
    The NY Post ^ | 3/23/04 | Howard BREUER
    SCOTT'S STICKY TAPES SCOTT'S STICKY TAPES By HOWARD BREUER -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SCOTT PETERSON "A host of lies." March 23, 2004 -- REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Jurors will be allowed to see TV interviews in which double-murder suspect Scott Peterson discusses his affair with Amber Frey and other aspects of the Laci Peterson case, a judge ruled yesterday. Peterson's attorney, Mark Geragos, had tried to exclude the interviews with Diane Sawyer and other reporters, arguing that they were "spliced and diced." But Judge Alfred Delucchi said the interviews could be offered to "show consciousness of guilt and evidence of the defendant's state...
  • Peninsula's tragic endings

    04/06/2004 5:35:22 AM PDT · by runningbear · 388 replies · 196+ views
    The SF Examiner ^ | April 5, 2004 | Jamie Casini
    Peninsula's tragic endings Five men to stand trial for allegedly killing their wives. Peninsula's tragic endings Five men to stand trial for allegedly killing their wives. By Jamie Casini Staff Writer jcasini@examiner.com Published on Monday, April 5, 2004 REDWOOD CITY -- Sharen Theresa Sulpizio-May. Adella Samaneigo. Laci Denise Peterson. Raye Lynn Rapoza. Donna Morrow. These five women share a tragic commonality -- all were allegedly murdered at the hands of their husbands. And all five men are currently awaiting trial in San Mateo County court. Five cases of this nature are an anomaly for the county, said Deputy District Attorney...
  • Peterson Jury Selection Moving Slowly

    04/22/2004 5:22:16 AM PDT · by runningbear · 455 replies · 219+ views
    KCRA.com ^ | 04/20/04
    Peterson Jury Selection Moving Slowly Peterson Jury Selection Moving Slowly Only 48 In Potential Jury Pool So Far POSTED: 11:43 am PDT April 21, 2004 UPDATED: 11:48 am PDT April 21, 2004 REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Jury selection continues to move slowly in the double-murder trial of Scott Peterson. Of the 1,000 people summoned to court to begin the screening process of filling out an extensive questionnaire, only 48 people have made it into the potential juror pool. The judge wants 70 to 80 potential jurors to be named before the defense and prosecution begin the process of agreeing on...
  • Quandary over families at trial

    06/01/2004 5:34:37 AM PDT · by runningbear · 561 replies · 303+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | June 1, 2004 | Garth Stapely and John Cote'
    Quandary over families at trialTHE BEE Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, next to husband Ron, could testify -- she talked to Peterson the night before her disappearance. THE BEEScott Peterson's father Lee Peterson, next to wife Jackie, talked to his son a few hours before Laci Peterson was reported missing. THE BEESNIP IT:Quandary over families at trial By GARTH STAPLEY and JOHN COTÉ BEE STAFF WRITERS Last Updated: June 1, 2004, 04:28:55 AM PDT REDWOOD CITY -- Players in People vs. Peterson have hammered out ground rules on dozens of issues leading to today's opening statements, but have not touched...
  • First full day of testimony in Laci Peterson murder case

    06/03/2004 5:50:30 AM PDT · by runningbear · 479 replies · 340+ views
    WHNT19.com ^ | 6/2004
    ALL SNIP ITS:First full day of testimony in Laci Peterson murder case Redwood City, California-AP _ The first full day of testimony gets under way today in Scott Peterson's murder trial in Redwood City, California. He's accused of murdering his wife and their unborn son.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Geragos deconstructs prosecution's case against Peterson Article Last Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2004 - 3:09:35 AM PST Geragos deconstructs prosecution's case against Peterson Defense attorney: Fetus was born full-term therefore defendant's not responsible for murders By Jason Dearen, STAFF WRITER REDWOOD CITY -- Scott Peterson is a cad not a killer, his defense attorney said Wednesday...
  • Distaso focuses on Laci's clothes

    06/04/2004 5:45:45 AM PDT · by runningbear · 109 replies · 165+ views
    San Mateo County Times ^ | June 4th 2004 | Jason Dearen
    Distaso focuses on Laci's clothes All excerpts: Article Last Updated: Friday, June 04, 2004 - 3:17:55 AM PST Distaso focuses on Laci's clothes Defense questions accuracy of Modesto Police reports By Jason Dearen, STAFF WRITER REDWOOD CITY -- While prosecutors focused Thursday on "Mary Jane" shoes and the color of pants Laci Peterson wore on the day before her murder, the alleged killer's defense attorneys launched their assault on the Modesto Police Department's murder investigation. On the first full day of testimony in the double-murder trial, prosecutor Rick Distaso called six witnesses who either saw or had information about Laci's...
  • Facing killers at trial no reward for parents

    06/07/2004 5:30:22 AM PDT · by runningbear · 262 replies · 307+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | June 7, 2004 | JOHN COTÉ and GARTH STAPLEY
    Facing killers at trial no reward for parentsEXCERPTS:Facing killers at trial no reward for parents BY JOHN COTÉ and GARTH STAPLEY BEE STAFF WRITERS Last Updated: June 7, 2004, 05:05:05 AM PDT Testifying as the man accused of murdering your daughter looks on is something Teresa Vanderheiden doesn't wish on anybody. "You try to keep your eyes focused on one thing," Vanderheiden said. "I remember looking at the clock a lot, thinking that would avoid it. But your eyes meet." Anger flashed through Vanderheiden as -- in separate trials -- she came face to face with the men accused of...
  • LACI STEPDAD DOUBTED SCOTT'S 'FISHY STORY'

    06/09/2004 5:34:54 AM PDT · by runningbear · 68 replies · 188+ views
    The NY Post ^ | June 8 2004 | Howard Breuer
    LACI STEPDAD DOUBTED SCOTT'S 'FISHY STORY' LACI STEPDAD DOUBTED SCOTT'S 'FISHY STORY' By HOWARD BREUER -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- June 9, 2004 -- REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Laci Peterson's stepdad yesterday testified that he was immediately suspicious of his son-in-law after the tragic mom-to-be vanished. Ron Grantski said that from the start he scoffed at the idea that Scott Peterson had been fishing Christmas Eve 2002, the day the eight-months-pregnant Laci disappeared, and confronted Scott about it that same night. "I think your Berkeley fishing trip is a fishy story," Grantski recalled telling Peterson that night during a search of a Modesto park...