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Scott Peterson Seemed 'Calm, Cool, Relaxed' After His Wife Disappeared, Detective Testifies

June 23, 2004|From Associated Press

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — The first detective called to the home of Scott and Laci Peterson for a "suspicious missing person" report remembered a husband who did not appear distraught that his wife was nowhere to be found.

On the stand Tuesday in Peterson's double-murder trial, Modesto Police Det. Allen Brocchini said the defendant had appeared "calm, cool, relaxed" on Christmas Eve 2002.

The testimony came the day after three of Laci Peterson's friends testified that she had stopped walking her dog weeks before she vanished, countering the defense theory that she was abducted from a Modesto street.

Prosecutors called the friends in an effort to discredit her husband's story of what happened the day she vanished.

He says he left his pregnant wife at home to go on a solo fishing trip and returned to an empty house.

Prosecutors, who charge that Peterson murdered his wife and their fetus in their Modesto home on or about Dec. 24, 2002, contend that she had stopped walking the dog weeks before, at her doctor's urging.

They have called other witnesses who have suggested that Peterson began to tell a stream of lies as soon as his wife disappeared.

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