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April 22, 2003 | Christine Hanley and Dan Morain, Times Staff Writers
Scott Peterson pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he murdered his pregnant wife, Laci, and unborn son, Conner, a crime police and prosecutors say took place in the couple's Modesto home in the days just before Christmas. "I am not guilty," a cleanly shaven Peterson said after Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Nancy Ashley read the charges against him, which could lead to the death penalty.
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September 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Amber Frey, the former girlfriend of convicted wife-killer Scott Peterson, may lose her Clovis home after falling behind on mortgage payments. Fresno County records show Frey, who testified against Peterson as the prosecution's star witness during his double murder trial, was more than $16,000 behind in payments on her $539,000 house by May. Frey took out a $431,000 loan three years ago to buy the home.
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November 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
Laci Peterson's sister testified Friday that Scott Peterson said he had golf plans on Christmas Eve, throwing into question his story about going fishing the day his wife vanished. Amy Rocha said she cut Scott Peterson's hair Dec. 23 and that he had offered to pick up a gift basket for her grandfather near the country club where he was a member. "He said he was going to be out that way golfing," she said in about 30 minutes of testimony. "I assumed all day."
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September 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
James Brazelton, 66, the former district attorney of Stanislaus County who led the prosecution team against convicted double-murderer Scott Peterson, died Monday at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, according to the Associated Press. The cause of death was not reported. Brazelton returned to the private sector in July 2005 after trying 35 murder cases and sending five men to death row. One of them was Peterson, who was found guilty in 2004 of murdering his wife, Laci, and her fetus.
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November 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
A detective who spent Christmas Eve questioning Scott Peterson and the next four months trying to find his missing wife testified Wednesday about how officers had enlisted Peterson's friends, neighbors and mistress in the effort to snare him. Detective Al Brocchini said he had called friends of Scott and Laci Peterson to point out news articles about his extramarital affair and a $250,000 insurance policy that Peterson had taken out on his wife.
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March 24, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
REDWOOD CITY A judge ruled Tuesday that juror questionnaires would remain sealed in the Scott Peterson double-murder case. Judge Alfred Delucchi denied the media request to open them. The defense and prosecution opposed unsealing them.
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September 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The mother of Laci Peterson filed a lawsuit seeking to bar Scott Peterson from profiting from the death of his wife and unborn child. The lawsuit, filed in Stanislaus County Superior Court on Friday, asks a judge to transfer any income stemming from the high-profile murder case, including a potential book or movie deal, to a trust account held for the victims' beneficiaries. Scott Peterson faces trial on two counts of murder in the death of Laci Peterson, and the couple's son, Conner.
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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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December 4, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A trial has been set for Jan. 26 for Scott Peterson, who pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murdering his wife and their unborn son. Judge Al Girolami set the trial date and scheduled a hearing for Jan. 6 so the defense can request that the trial be moved out of Stanislaus County. Girolami refused to lift a gag order or unseal any sealed court documents.
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March 15, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scott Peterson's defense attorneys have filed a motion for a new trial, claiming, among other things, that newly discovered evidence withheld by the prosecution could have brought a different verdict. The 135-page motion was filed Feb. 25 in San Mateo County Superior Court and made public Monday. Peterson, 32, was convicted of murder in November in the deaths of his pregnant wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried. Jurors voted for the death penalty. Formal sentencing is set for Wednesday.
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May 19, 2006
Book deal: Seven jurors who sentenced Scott Peterson to death for murdering his pregnant wife are reuniting to write a book about their role in the high-profile case.
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October 22, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge has ruled that the $250,000 life insurance policy that Scott Peterson took out on his wife will go to her mother. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Roger Beauchesne said Friday that because Scott Peterson was convicted of killing his pregnant wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried in 2002, he is not entitled to collect the benefits of her life insurance. The judge said the money should go to the executor of her estate, who is her mother, Sharon Rocha.
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September 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The state will reimburse only a fraction of the more than $3 million that Modesto police and Stanislaus County spent investigating and prosecuting Scott Peterson in the murder of his pregnant wife, officials said. The county got $764,059 from the state Monday -- $1 million less than officials requested. State auditors have determined that only $95,513 of police costs will be paid back, said city lobbyist Terry McHale.
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July 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The district attorney who led the prosecution of double-murderer Scott Peterson has announced his plans to retire early for a job in the private sector. James Brazelton, 63, Stanislaus County's lead prosecutor, said he will retire at the end of this month, more than a year before his term ends. Brazelton has been district attorney since 1996 and won two elections.
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May 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prospective buyers bidding on the modest "cottage-bungalow" where Scott Peterson probably killed his pregnant wife, Laci, are willing to pay more than the asking price, said the real estate agent handling the sale. Peterson has been sentenced to death for the crime. Agent Mary Prieto isn't giving out the name of the buyers or saying how much more than the asking price of $379,996 they're willing to pay. She said she would release that information when escrow closes.
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May 13, 2005 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
The judge in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial on Thursday ordered the pop star's former attorney, Mark Geragos, into court first thing this morning. The celebrity lawyer had sent an emissary to request a delay in his appearance as a defense witness because of his packed schedule. But Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S.
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January 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Double murder charges will stand against Scott Peterson in the killings of his pregnant wife and the son she was carrying, a judge ruled this week, rejecting a defense motion to dismiss the charges. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Marie Silveira denied the motion to toss out the charges on defense claims that prosecutors did not present enough evidence of a crime during a preliminary hearing last year.
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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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April 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Modesto Police Chief Roy Wasden and the mother of slain teacher Laci Peterson went to the state Capitol on Tuesday seeking reimbursement for the $1.5 million police spent on the Scott Peterson investigation. Wasden said if his department doesn't get the money soon, it may mean fewer officers on the streets. Sharon Rocha said she accompanied the chief because she wanted to make sure other investigations receive the same level of attention and commitment.
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March 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Taxpayers spent more than $2.64 million to convict Scott Peterson of the murders of his wife and unborn son and put him on death row, the Modesto Bee reported. The Stanislaus County district attorney's office reported Friday that it spent $672,507, not including the salaries of three prosecutors and other employees. Modesto police estimate that they spent $1 million investigating the Christmas 2002 disappearance of Laci Peterson. Court costs totaled $742,000.
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