CAL Supremes Overturn Scott Peterson’s Death Sentence
In a unanimous ruling announced today, the California Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence given to murderer Scott Peterson in 2005. Barnini Chakraborty of Fox News reports that the high court did not dispute Peterson’s guilt for the murders of his wife Laci and unborn son, but the court held that errors in the selection of jurors, including dismissing jurors who were opposed to the death penalty invalidated his death sentence.
The victims were reported missing on Christmas Eve 2002, after Peterson called his mother-in-law to ask is she knew where his wife was. Laci was 8 1/2 months pregnant when she disappeared. Peterson claimed he was fishing alone all day. Four months later the bodies of Laci and her baby boy were found on the shore of San Francisco Bay. Peterson was having an affair with a single mother at the time of his wife’s disappearance. That woman wore a wire to record conversations she had with Peterson which were later used as evidence at trial.