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November 4, 2004 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors in the Scott Peterson murder trial wrapped up closing arguments Wednesday with a hard choice: either Peterson was framed by strangers, or he killed his pregnant wife and tossed her corpse into San Francisco Bay. A stone-faced San Mateo County jury began deliberations at noon, capping a five-month trial in which nearly 200 witnesses were called. Peterson, 32, is facing two counts of murder, which carry the ultimate penalty of death by injection.
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November 3, 2004 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A defense attorney in Scott Peterson's murder trial began his closing remarks Tuesday by telling jurors that although they may loathe his client they should not presume that he is guilty of killing his pregnant wife. In closing arguments Tuesday, attorney Mark Geragos accused homicide investigators and prosecutors of tailoring facts and suspicions to fit their theory that Peterson masterminded a plot to free himself from his wife and live out a fantasy of being a playboy.
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November 2, 2004 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial Monday portrayed the fertilizer salesman as a philandering narcissist who murdered his pregnant wife and dumped her body into San Francisco Bay as part of a plan to free himself from a dull marriage. In his closing arguments, prosecutor Rick Distaso attacked Peterson's alibi that he had been fishing alone in the bay when his 27-year-old wife was reported missing on Christmas Eve 2002.
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October 30, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jurors hearing Scott Peterson's double murder case will have two choices should they decide to convict the former fertilizer salesman, one of which would spare him a possible death sentence. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi said Friday that he found ample evidence to support second-degree murder charges, as well as the first-degree murder counts filed against Peterson. Peterson faces two counts of murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and the fetus she carried.
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October 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
As they prepare to wrap up their murder case against Scott Peterson in the death of his pregnant wife, Laci, even prosecutors have acknowledged their case has at times left jurors scratching their heads. More than 160 witnesses have been called in four months of testimony to discuss everything from tide tables to the chemical composition of cement. What prosecutors haven't come up with is a murder weapon, crime scene or cause of death. Stanislaus County Deputy Dist. Atty.
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September 21, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scott Peterson offered his own theory for what happened to his pregnant wife within 24 hours of her disappearance, the lead detective testified Monday at the former fertilizer salesman's double-murder trial. Modesto Police Det. Craig Grogan said Peterson theorized "that she had been wearing jewelry that she inherited from her grandmother and that he'd seen her wearing it on that morning, and when she went into the park a transient had robbed her for her jewelry."
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September 17, 2004 | From Associated Press
Scott Peterson wept Thursday while jurors in his double-murder trial looked at autopsy photographs of his dead wife's fetus displayed on a large screen. Laci Peterson's fetus was expelled from her decaying body after her death, a forensic pathologist testified. Dr. Brian Peterson, who performed autopsies on Laci and the couple's fetus, a male they had planned to name Conner, testified there was no evidence Laci had given birth before her death.
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September 15, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scott Peterson's defense lawyer promised jurors during opening statements that testimony would show police found "zip, nada, nothing" in their investigation that would implicate Peterson in the killing of his pregnant wife. On Tuesday, attorney Mark Geragos hammered that point in his cross-examination of a witness who testified she found no blood on any of the tattered clothing on the remains of Laci Peterson that washed up on the shore of San Francisco Bay months after she disappeared.
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September 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Prosecutors in Scott Peterson's murder trial sought Tuesday to counter defense claims that police were so eager to charge their client with his wife's killing that they ignored other credible tips. Two investigators testified that in the weeks after Laci Peterson vanished they pursued a tip that the pregnant schoolteacher was held in a rural area about 30 miles from her hometown. Prosecutors allege that Peterson killed his wife in their Modesto home on or around Dec. 24, 2002.
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September 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Scott Peterson's murder trial resumed Wednesday with the cross-examination of a search dog handler who testified that her canine picked up Laci Peterson's scent at the marina where the defendant launched what he says was a solo fishing trip the day his wife vanished. Defense lawyer Mark Geragos, as part of his effort to undermine the reliability of the scent-tracking technique, began his cross-examination with questions about how search dogs are trained.
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