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California Supreme Court to Re-Examine Scott Peterson Murder Convictions

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The California Supreme Court said Friday that it would re-examine the murder convictions of Scott Peterson, convicting him of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son.

The Supreme Court said that it had determined that appeal evidence, including police and coroner’s reports, could be introduced at the former fertilizer salesman’s retrial, due to begin in 2018.

“We conclude that the State has presented sufficient evidence to explain that the bailiff authorized law enforcement officers to arrest the defendants for the ‘crimes’ and that the arrest warrants served could reasonably have been understood to authorize the inmates to be incarcerated for the crimes,” Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar wrote in a 4-3 majority opinion.

A mistrial was declared this month in the case after prosecutors failed to obtain a plea bargain and the defense accused the prosecution of an ethical breach.

The case gained international attention when Laci Peterson’s body was discovered washed ashore near San Francisco Bay in December 2003. Her unborn son was found on a rocky shoreline near her body.

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