Where is Scott Peterson now?
SCOTT Peterson was convicted of first-degree murder of his pregnant wife and second-degree murder of their unborn son in 2002.
In August 2021, a California judge made an announcement about hearing testimony from Peterson's original trial.
Why was Scott Peterson on trial?
The San Diego native was accused of murdering his wife and unborn child after she was reported missing back in December of 2002.
His arrest came in April of 2003 when the remains of a woman and fetus were found on the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay, only a few miles from where Peterson had said he was on the Christmas Eve she went missing.
Following his arrest, Amber Frey, a Fresno massage therapist, came forward about their affair that started in November of 2002 and later testified that Peterson told her he was a widower.
Prosecution claimed that Peterson had used the same cement used on his driveway to make anchors that pulled his wife's body to the bottom of San Francisco Bay.
He was later convicted and sentenced to death row per the juries recommendation.
Where is Scott Peterson now?
Peterson is currently serving out his conviction in San Quentin State Prison while he awaits word on a retrial.
On August 24, 2020, his death sentence was overturned by California's Supreme Court after it was determined that his sentencing was unfair and that jury selection was impartial.
Following his death row sentence being overturned, the California Supreme Court had ordered the San Mateo County Superior Court to reexamine his case all together after a juror did not disclose that they were involved in other legal proceedings.
In July of 2021, a judge then ordered a hearing to determine if Peterson should get a new trial.
While Peterson awaits a judge's decision on if he should get a new trial, he is expected to be testifying in a preliminary hearing in the Kristin Smart murder case.
Peterson is being called by Paul and Ruben Flores' defense council after they said that the two were friends back when Smart went missing.
Prior to his conviction, Peterson was a potential suspect in her disappearance but investigators could never find a connection.
On August 26, 2021, Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo set a hearing date for September 22, 2021 to determine whether there was juror misconduct in his original trial.
However, delays due to the pandemic could push it to January or February of 2022, Massullo said.
"We've said all along that Scott Peterson did not get a fair trial," Peterson's defense attorney, Pat Harris, told Natalie Morales Today on August 26.
If Massullo finds that juror misconduct took place, Peterson could be granted a new trial.
A court hearing on Wednesday, September 22 decided that Peterson will be re-sentenced in November, according to NBC Bay Area.
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Judge Anne-Christine Massullo also noted that the case does not involve the death penalty case any more.
On December 8, 2021 there was a new hearing that re-sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Statements from family members of of 27-year-old Laci Peterson were released, who was eight months pregnant when she was killed carrying the boy the couple had planned to name Connor.
"You are going to burn in hell for this," Laci’s father, Dennis Rocha, who died in 2018, said to Peterson during his first sentencing. "Your life is done."
Moments before Peterson's re-sentencing Laci's sister made comments to Peterson.
"It's been more than 19 years, and there's not one day where I don't think about my sister. You took them away from me, I would have loved to be an aunt to Conor as well," she said.
How long was Scott Petersons' trial?
Peterson's trial lasted from July 1, 2004 to November 12, 2004.
After seven days of deliberation, including the replacement of two jurors, he was then found guilty of the murders of his wife and unborn son.
Following his conviction, Laci's mother was awarded the $250,000 life insurance policy Peterson took out on her.
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