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July 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge Thursday rejected a defense effort to derail Scott Peterson's murder trial, denying motions for a mistrial or outright dismissal based on allegations that a detective lied on the witness stand. Defense attorney Mark Geragos contended that the first investigator assigned to Laci Peterson's disappearance was so determined to implicate her husband, he fabricated key testimony.
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July 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The 14-foot boat that prosecutors say Scott Peterson used to dump his wife's body into San Francisco Bay doesn't capsize easily, an engineer from the boat maker testified Tuesday at Peterson's trial. Prosecutors apparently want to establish that -- contrary to defense claims -- Peterson could have heaved Laci Peterson's 153-pound, eight-months pregnant body overboard without flipping the boat.
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July 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Testimony in Scott Peterson's murder trial turned to fishing and finances Monday, as prosecutors sought to undermine Peterson's alibi for the day his pregnant wife vanished and show he hoped to profit from her death. Prosecutors maintain they've caught Peterson in a lie -- that he wasn't fishing alone for sturgeon and striped bass in San Francisco Bay the day Laci Peterson was reported missing. They allege Peterson used the story as a cover to dump her body on Christmas Eve 2002.
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July 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
Defense lawyers in Scott Peterson's murder trial Thursday questioned the admissibility of the prosecution's key piece of physical evidence -- a single strand of dark hair -- in a flurry of heated exchanges that led the judge to remove the jury from the courtroom. Detectives have testified they collected a single strand of hair from a pair of pliers found on Peterson's boat -- the vehicle prosecutors allege Peterson used to ferry his wife's body out to San Francisco Bay.
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July 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
A comforter apparently stained with blood was among numerous pieces of evidence seized from Scott Peterson's home in the days after his pregnant wife vanished, a police detective testified Monday. Modesto Police Det. Ray Coyle testified he examined the Petersons' home for "blood spatter and blood drops" after search warrants were served on Dec. 26 and 27, 2002. Coyle said he found small spots that appeared to be blood on a comforter on the couple's bed, but did not elaborate. Det.
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July 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Testimony in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial turned Tuesday to the discovery of his dead wife and the couple's fetus along the shore of San Francisco Bay. Michael Looby testified that he and his wife were walking their dog in Richmond along the bay on April 13, 2003, when he came upon a baby's body in a marshy area. Prosecutors abruptly changed the direction of their case, departing from last week's questioning of witnesses about Peterson's affair with massage therapist Amber Frey.
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June 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
After four days of tough questions by Scott Peterson's defense lawyer, who methodically picked apart the police investigation into the disappearance of Peterson's pregnant wife, the prosecution got a boost Tuesday with testimony that appeared to backfire on Mark Geragos. Geragos, who contends police rushed to arrest his client and ignored other leads in the slaying of Laci Peterson, had exposed apparently sloppy police work by Det.
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June 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
Defense attorneys in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial attempted to show jurors Monday that there are ways to explain Laci Peterson's disappearance and murder other than the prosecution's contention that her husband killed her. Defense attorney Mark Geragos has used several prosecution witnesses to show that the investigation, which led to charges that Peterson killed his pregnant wife, was shoddily executed and designed from the start to implicate his client.
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June 25, 2004 | From Associated Press
In a blow to prosecutors, a police investigator conceded Thursday that he had deliberately failed to mention a witness who contradicts crucial elements of the capital murder case against Scott Peterson. Det. Allen Brocchini said he had excluded from his reports any reference to a woman who recalled having seen Laci Peterson at the warehouse where her husband stored his small boat.
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June 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
Intense media coverage of Scott Peterson's capital murder case was blamed Wednesday for the removal of a juror, but the judge denied a defense motion for a mistrial. "You're not to listen to, watch or read any media reports of this trial," Judge Alfred Delucchi admonished the panel before selecting an alternate to replace juror Justin Falconer.
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