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Timeline of events in Scott Peterson’s murder case: important dates

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In November 2004, Scott Peterson was found guilty of causing the deaths of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner. Prosecutors claimed Peterson’s reason for the crimes was to avoid family life and impending fatherhood. His death penalty was canceled in 2020, and he is now serving a life sentence without parole. In January 2024, the Los Angeles Innocence Project, a non-profit that helps people believed to be wrongly convicted, revealed it is representing Peterson as it explores his “claim of actual innocence.”

Here’s a timeline of key events in the case:

– December 24, 2002 – Laci Peterson goes missing from the Petersons’ home in Modesto, California.
– January 24, 2003 – Amber Frey, a massage therapist, discloses her affair with Scott Peterson at a police news conference.
– April 18, 2003 – Bodies identified as Conner and Laci are found, leading to Peterson’s arrest on capital murder charges.
– April 21, 2003 – Peterson pleads not guilty to two felony counts of murder.
– May 2, 2003 – Mark Geragos becomes Peterson’s lawyer.
– June 12, 2003 – A gag order is imposed on participants to ensure a fair trial amid extensive publicity.
– August 18, 2003 – News cameras are banned from the courtroom.
– September 26, 2003 – Laci’s family files a civil lawsuit against Peterson.
– December 19, 2003 – Laci’s mother sues Peterson for over $5 million.
– January 20, 2004 – The trial is moved to San Mateo County.
– February 2, 2004 – Cameras are barred from the courtroom for the entire trial.

… and so on.

March 2024 – A hearing is scheduled for March 12, following new motions related to additional evidence and DNA testing filed in January by the Los Angeles Innocence Project, which took on Peterson’s case.

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