Convicted killer Peterson re-sentenced to life after death penalty voided -CNN

Separately, the state Supreme Court in October 2020 ordered the trial court to review Peterson's conviction https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crime-peterson/california-court-ordered-to-reconsider-scott-peterson-murder-conviction-idUSKBN271077 based on his contention that his two counts of murder should be set aside because of prejudicial misconduct by a member of the jury.


Reuters | Updated: 09-12-2021 01:19 IST | Created: 09-12-2021 01:19 IST
Convicted killer Peterson re-sentenced to life after death penalty voided -CNN

Convicted killer Scott Peterson, whose death sentence for the murder of his wife and unborn son was overturned last year by the California Supreme Court, was resentenced on Wednesday to life in prison without parole, CNN reported.

Peterson, 49, had been held on death row at San Quentin State prison since 2005 after being convicted a year earlier of murdering his wife, Laci, who was seven months pregnant with their unborn son, Conner. His new sentence was handed down in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City, California, CNN said.

Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager, whose office prosecuted the case, said in a May court filing she would not seek another death sentence, saying the victim's family had decided the process was "too painful to endure once again." Laci Peterson was reported missing from the couple's home in Modesto, California, on Christmas Eve, 2002, touching off a months-long search and investigation in the glare of national media. Her partial remains and those of her unborn son washed ashore along San Francisco Bay the following April.

California's Supreme Court threw out Peterson's death sentence https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crime-peterson/top-california-court-overturns-death-penalty-of-scott-peterson-who-murdered-pregnant-wife-idUSKBN25K2F7 in August 2020 on the grounds that the presiding San Mateo County Superior Court judge wrongly dismissed 13 potential jurors because, in filling out an initial questionnaire, they expressed opposition to the death penalty. Separately, the state Supreme Court in October 2020 ordered the trial court to review Peterson's conviction https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crime-peterson/california-court-ordered-to-reconsider-scott-peterson-murder-conviction-idUSKBN271077 based on his contention that his two counts of murder should be set aside because of prejudicial misconduct by a member of the jury.

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