Scott Peterson

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Murderer(1972–)
Scott Peterson is best known as the man who murdered his eight-month pregnant wife, Laci, in 2002. A jury sentenced him to death by lethal injection.

Synopsis

Scott Peterson is a murderer born on October 24, 1972 in San Diego, CA. In a case that riveted the nation, Peterson was convicted of killing his eight-month pregnant wife, Laci, in 2002. With the help of his mistress who had not previously known he was married, the FBI was able to collect evidence for the case against him. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2004 for the first degree murder of his wife and the second degree murder of their fetus son.

Early Life

Convicted murderer Scott Lee Peterson was born on October 24, 1972 in San Diego, California. The only child of Lee and Jackie Peterson (the couple has other children from previous relationships), Scott grew up in a San Diego suburb and was a model student and avid golfer. He graduated from the University of San Diego High School and spent a semester at Arizona State University before returning home to attend Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. In 1994, he transferred to nearby California Polytechnic State University, where he majored in agricultural business.

While a student at Cal Poly, Peterson met Laci Rocha. The couple moved in together and married in 1997. Soon after, they opened a burger joint called "The Shack,"eventually selling the profitable business and moving to Modesto to be closer to Laci's family. There, Peterson got a job selling fertilizer and Laci became a substitute teacher.

Murder and Conviction

In December 2002, Laci went missing, and her disappearance launched a media frenzy. Peterson was arrested in April 2003 after her body and the fetus of their unborn son washed up on the shores of San Francisco Bay. According to prosecutors, Peterson was having an affair with a masseuse named Amber Frey, which was his motivation for killing his pregnant wife. On November 12, 2004 a jury convicted Peterson of first-degree murder in the death of Laci, who was eight months pregnant, and of second-degree murder in the death of the fetus. The same jury recommended that he die by lethal injection. To date, he remains on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California pending an appeal and a petition for a writ of habeas corpus which was filed with the Supreme Court of the State of California in 2015.

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