Following a week that saw 2 jurors dismissed, the Scott Peterson jury has informed the judge that they have reached a verdict after just a few days of
deliberations. The case first went to the Jury on November 3rd. However, on back to back days, Tuesday and Wednesday, two jurors were released and
replaced by alternates. The court was in recess Thursday, so the Jury which had to begin deliberations anew of Friday, reached a conclusion quickly.
The verdict is set to be announced at 1 PM PST.
UPDATE: After deliberating only 6 hours, the jury in the Scott Peterson murder trial has found him GUILTY of murder with Special Circumstances. This
could have him face the death penalty.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Scott Peterson was convicted Friday of murdering his pregnant wife and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay in what
prosecutors in the made-for-cable-TV case portrayed as a cold-blooded plot to escape marriage and fatherhood for the bachelor life.
Peterson, 32, could get the death penalty. The former fertilizer salesman was convicted of one count of first-degree murder for killing his wife,
Laci, and one count of second-degree murder in the death of the son she was carrying.
Peterson stared straight ahead with no show of emotion as the verdict was read, then looked at each of the jurors as they were polled to confirm their
decisions. The jurors looked serious and unsmiling, and none appeared to look back at Peterson. Cheers broke out among the hundreds of onlookers who
gathered outside court — some of them pumping their fists in celebration upon finding out the news on the radio.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - The jury in the Scott Peterson murder trial has reached a verdict, the judge said Friday. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi told the
court that the verdict would be made public at 4 p.m. EST.
Audio of the court proceeding was to be made available for broadcasters but not video, the judge had ruled.
The verdict followed the back-to-back dismissals of jurors on Tuesday and Wednesday and a day off of deliberations for Veterans Day. The two dismissed
jurors were replaced with alternates and each time, the panel was told to begin deliberations anew.
Jurors were deciding whether Peterson killed his pregnant wife, Laci, who vanished Dec. 24, 2002. The trial began with jury selection in March and
opening arguments in June. Closing arguments were presented Nov. 1 and 2 and the original panel began deliberating Nov. 3.
Prosecutors claim Peterson killed Laci, then dumped her weighted body into San Francisco Bay. The remains of Laci and the fetus, a boy the couple
planned to name Conner, were discovered a few miles from where Peterson says he went fishing alone the day his wife vanished. The defense contended
someone else killed her.
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The trial has been going on for some time now, and based on the evidence presented in the media he is as guilty as heck. However, one has to wonder
about the rapid decision reached by the reformed jury. Peterson had a high profile lawyer who did his best to cast doubt on the circumstantial
evidence that had been presented. His actions during and after the disappearance is really what has convinced my of his guilt.
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Edit: Fixed a link.
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