New Evidence May Overturn Major Murder Case

San Quentin State Prison in California, home of California's death row, where infamous criminals such as Scott Peterson and Richard Allan Davis are kept.

Following the 2002 murders of his wife Laci and their unborn son Conner, Scott Peterson was found guilty in 2004.

Scott Peterson is going back to court to ask for a second trial for the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, which happened over twenty years ago.

While his new legal team from the Los Angeles Innocence Project (LAIP) presents what they will say is new evidence at San Mateo County Superior in Redwood City, on Tuesday, Peterson will make an appearance via streaming video from the Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, Calif.

The LAIP claims to have relevant evidence to warrant a new trial— a van that was burned on December 25, 2002, near Modesto, the day after 27-year-old Laci went missing. According to Peterson’s legal team, Laci was abducted on the morning of December 24, 2002, after she saw two guys robbing a house on her block. They killed her in the vehicle, they say.

They found what looked like blood on a mattress inside the vehicle. According to reports, the LAIP has just discovered fresh evidence that suggests the stolen van did not have a mattress inside before Laci’s murder.

Scott’s new attorneys will likely request that the judge force the Modesto Police Department and the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office to provide records pertaining to the murder investigation.

Laci went missing on December 24, 2002, when Scott was fishing in San Francisco Bay, 90 miles from their Modesto home, according to Scott’s story to the police.

Scott gained notoriety in January 2003 when massage therapist Amber Frey came out to claim that she had been in a romantic relationship with him for one month before Laci’s disappearance. Scott informed Frey he was a widower, but she had no clue he was still married.

Four days after Laci and their newborn baby Conner’s remains were found in San Francisco Bay, on April 18, 2003, he was arrested and charged with their murders. He pled not guilty.

The jury deliberated the murders of Laci and Conner and reached their guilty verdict on November 12, 2004.

His death sentence was handed out in 2005. However, this was reversed in 2020, and he was subsequently resentenced to a life sentence without the possibility of release the following year.