SAN MATEO — Convicted killer Scott Peterson returned to a San Mateo County court docket Thursday for final arguments in his plea for a brand new trial within the 2002 Christmas Eve homicide of his pregnant spouse, Laci, and unborn son Connor.
Dressed in a masks and a purple jail jumpsuit, the handcuffed Peterson sat stoically because the final arguments started.
In a extremely publicized 2004 trial, a jury convicted Peterson of the murders in Modesto and he was once sentenced to loss of life throughout the penalty segment in 2005.
He spent just about 20 years on loss of life row prior to the California Ideal Court docket tossed out his sentence in 2020 on grounds that the jury was once improperly screened for bias in opposition to the loss of life penalty. He has since been sentenced to existence in jail with out parole.
The court docket additionally ordered San Mateo County Awesome Court docket Pass judgement on Anne-Christine Massullo to study the case and decide if Peterson merits a brand new trial.
After a number of days of testimony in March, prosecutors and Peterson’s attorneys had been ordered to go back to court docket Thursday for final arguments.
The brand new trial seems to hinge on. Peterson’s protection group should first turn out to Massullo that Great lied on her pre-trial jury questionnaire to get at the panel and was once biased in opposition to Peterson from the beginning, tainting his jury and denying him a good trial.
Great, who has been granted immunity, spent a number of days at the stand. Throughout hours of intense cross-examination in March, Great persisted to handle she did not anything improper and had no bias in her in charge verdict.
Great didn’t reveal on her juror declaration that she had sought a restraining order in 2000 in opposition to her then boyfriend’s former female friend, pronouncing then that she feared for her personal unborn kid.
That, Peterson’s lawyers say, coloured her view in their shopper, accused of killing his spouse when she was once 8 months pregnant.
“I did not write it at the questionnaire as it by no means crossed my thoughts, ever. It wasn’t achieved deliberately — it did not go my thoughts,” Great has testified.