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Summary.     Click for More > Judge rules out new jury Laci's mother: She wanted to be a mother Jury Recommends Death for Peterson   The jurors deliberated for 12 hours before deciding that he should die for killing his pregnant wife and unborn son
Peterson trial to move to Redwood City Peterson Moved to Redwood City Judge Delucchi chosen for Peterson trial $51,000 for spot next to Peterson trial Defense objects to use GPS technology Jury selection begins in Peterson trial Peterson trial opens  Prosecutors: Within a day of reporting his pregnant wife missing, Scott lied about his extramarital affair Juror removed from Scott Peterson trial Trial delayed, while defense investigates Frey confronts Peterson in recorded calls Peterson jurors shown autopsy photos  Jurors winced and glanced away as they looked at photos of Laci's badly decomposed body cast in larger-than-life images Scott's parents take witness stand Testimony ends in Peterson trial Jury will be able consider 2nd-degree Closing arguments in Peterson trial  Prosecutor Rick Distaso says Scott killed wife to be free to live a freewheeling bachelor's life Hating Scott not enough to convict Peterson Jury Sequestered for Weekend Judge removes juror in Peterson case Peterson judge removes jury's foreman Peterson convicted of murder
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  Scott Peterson, 32, was convicted of 1st-degree murder for killing his wife and of 2nd-degree in the death of the son.    Geragos told jurors that he would prove that the baby was older when he died than the prosecution said. The prosecution's most compelling evidence was the fact that the bod...
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  Peterson trial to move to Redwood City  The murder case will move to San Mateo County, after judge rejects a prosecution request to keep the case in Modesto Arnason to preside over Peterson's trial   Peterson Moved to Redwood City  The double-murder suspect was moved from Modesto to the San Mateo County Jail. He had a new mugshot taken   Judge Delucchi chosen for Peterson trial  A retired 72-year-old judge has handled 22 death penalty trials, including one involving the slaying of former Black Panther   $51,000 for spot next to Peterson trial  San Mateo County charges $51,000 television stations seeking a spot outside the County courthouse Judge bans cameras, delays trial Judge orders witness, jurors lists sealed Defense objects to use GPS technology  Mark Geragos is convincing a judge in the Peterson case that the technology is inaccurate and unreliable Laci Peterson's scent tracked to boat, pier Judge: jurors will hear wiretap evidence Jury selection begins in Peterson trial  The slow-motion process of choosing the people began when 200 potential jurors answered extensive questionnaires Two-thirds of potential jurors dismissed Judge denies 2nd request to move trial Jurors seated in Peterson murder trial Peterson trial opens


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Jan.22  Judge Arnason Removed from Case
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Feb.6  Peterson's defense team ready for trial
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Feb.26  Peterson jury will not be sequestered


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Mar.30  Defense accuses retiree of lying


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Apr.15  Argument Over 'Stealth Jurors'


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May.12  Peterson trial delayed
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  Prosecutors: Within a day of reporting his pregnant wife missing, Scott lied about his extramarital affair
Jun.2 Peterson defense attacks case as flimsy Jun.8  Laci mother: Son-in-law raised concerns Jun.9  Relative was disturbed by Scott behavior Jun.10  Defense hones on witness discrepancies Jun.11  Officer: home quickly deemed crime scene Jun.14  Defense Attorney Has Outburst Jun.17 Prosecutors: monetary motive for murder  Juror Speaks to Laci's Brother -- On Tape Jun.21  Juror allowed to stay on Peterson trial Jun.22  Jurors hear Scott Peterson's own account Jun.23   Juror removed from Scott Peterson trial  Justin Falconer who was spotted talking to Laci brother was removed, but the judge denied a defense request for a mistrial Jun.24 Detective admits he ignored witness Jun.28  Defense shows explanations for murder Jun.29  Prosecution gets boost from detective Jun.30  Scott's Sex Life takes Centerstage

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Jul.1  Matchmaker: Scot never said he married Jul.6  Witnesses tell of discovering Laci's remains Jul.8  Prosecutors: Peterson hid body in toolbox Jul.12  Testimony turns to search for remains Jul.13  Officer: Scott showed no signs of struggle Jul.14  Lawyers spar over police testimony Jul.15  Defense Pokes More Holes in Case Jul.19  Detective: Suspicious stains not blood  Defense Hammers on Cement Weights Jul.20  Detective details Scott's affair Jul.22  DNA Expert Testifies About Remains Jul.26  Jury hears about how to fish on SF Bay Jul.29  Defense seeking mistrial or dismissal  Judge denies requests for mistrial

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Aug.2  Scott's debts rose before Laci's death Aug.3  Jurors hear Scott ordered pornography Aug.4  Prosecutors work to show premeditation Aug.5   Trial delayed, while defense investigates  Peterson's trial will be delayed so the defense can investigate recently discovered evidence Aug.10 Frey: she and Peterson got serious sex
Aug.11  Scott's favorite movie featured wife killing Aug.12   Frey confronts Peterson in recorded calls  Scott Peterson was evasive and apologetic as he tried to answer questions from his mistress about his missing wife Aug.16  Tapes: Peterson evasive about wife Aug.17  Tapes: Peterson was aware of wiretaps Aug.18 Peterson jury dismissed for week Aug.23 Frey takes stand for cross-examination  Former priest to face molestation charges Aug.24  Defense Finishes Questioning Amber Frey Aug.25  Witness once believed coconspirators Aug.26  Peterson wiretaps not fully functional Aug.30  Defense try to poke holes in timeline Aug.31  Expert: Laci's scent picked up by dog

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Sep.1  Search Dog Evidence Under Attack Sep.2 Peterson testimony turns to surveillance
Sep.7  Peterson testimony turns to tips, behavior Sep.8  Hair found in boat consistent with wife's Sep.9 Dad Questioned About Scott's Fishing Sep.14  Trial testimony turns to blood and tracking Sep.15   Peterson jurors shown autopsy photos
  Jurors winced and glanced away as they looked at photos of Laci's badly decomposed body cast in larger-than-life images
Sep.17 Chemical Release in Grocery Store  Priest not guilty on 3 molestation counts  Expert: fetus expelled after her death Sep.20  Scott had own theory of wife's murder Robber who killed bank manager gets life Sep.22 Peterson Case Focuses on Baby's Body Sep.23  Detective Lists Reasons to Arrest Scott Sep.27  Defense explains Scot suspicious behavior Sep.28  Peterson Defense Admits to More Affairs Sep.30  Defense points to detective inconstancies

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Oct.4  Tidal expert tesifies about bodies  2-alarm fire claimed man's life Oct.5 Prosecutors rested Peterson case
Oct.12  Peterson trial delayed Oct.18 Peterson defense begins case Oct.19 Scott prepared to take witness stand?  Expert: Petersons in good financial shape Oct.20  Peterson trial turns to evidence collection Media analyst silenced by court Oct.21  Prosecutors deliver blow to defense case Oct.25   Scott's parents take witness stand  Peterson's mother defends her son and helps explain away behavior police have described as that of a guilty man Oct.26  Peterson's defense team rests Oct.27   Testimony ends in Peterson trial  Jurors were sent home with orders to return Monday for closing arguments Oct.29   Jury will be able consider 2nd-degree
  The judge ruled the jury will be allowed to consider a lesser murder charge that would spare Scott Peterson

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Nov.1   Closing arguments in Peterson trial
  Prosecutor Rick Distaso says Scott killed wife to be free to live a freewheeling bachelor's life
Nov.2   Hating Scott not enough to convict  Defense attorney told jurors that hatred for Peterson is not enough to convict him for the murders Nov.3  High-rise condos going down  Jury begins deliberation in Peterson trial Nov.4 No cameras for Peterson verdict Nov.5   Peterson Jury Sequestered for Weekend  The jurors finished their third day of deliberations, and faced their first weekend sequestered in a hotel Nov.6 3 businesses burned in 5-alarm fire  Peterson jurors asking to review evidence Nov.8  Jurors divided; judge denies mistrial Nov.9   Judge removes juror in Peterson case  A juror was replaced with an alternate. Judge Delucchi ordered the panel to start all over again with their deliberations Nov.10   Peterson judge removes jury's foreman  The judge dismissed the man in his mid-40s who has medical and law degrees. He was replaced by an alternate Nov.12   Peterson convicted of murder
  Scott Peterson, 32, was convicted of 1st-degree murder for killing his wife and of 2nd-degree in the death of the son
 Geragos told jurors that he would prove that the baby was older when he died than the prosecution said. The prosecution's most compelling evidence was the fact that the bodies of Laci and the baby had washed ashore 4 months after she vanished. The tide shifted toward the prosecution when Peterson's former girlfriend, Amber Frey took the stand
 Screams of relief, joy as verdict was read  Local papers rush out banner after verdict Nov.17  Defense seeks new jury, different venue Nov.22   Judge rules out new jury  The judge delayed the start of penalty phase, citing discovery issues between attorneys in exchanging evidence Nov.30   Laci's mother: She wanted to be a mother  Laci Peterson's mother took the witness stand in the penalty phase, screaming at her former son-in-law

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Dec.2  Tears as Wedding Photos Shown at Trial Dec.8 Jackie Peterson Begs for Son's Life Dec.13  Peterson Jurors Request Exhibits Dec.14   Jury Recommends Death for Peterson
  The jurors deliberated for 12 hours before deciding that he should die for killing his pregnant wife and unborn son
 The jury deliberated for 12 hours before reaching its recommendation. A crowd outside the court cheered when they heard the announcement. The 5-month trial attracted widespread media attention
Dec.17 Peterson remains cheerful, enjoys mail