Jurors in Scott Peterson Double Murder Trial Shown Suspicious Pictures
by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
July 10, 2004
Redwood City, CA (LifeNews.com) — Due to the holiday weekend and a lawyer’s request to attend a funeral, this was a short week in the Peterson double-murder trial, in which prosecutors have focused on how they believe Peterson disposed of his pregnant wife’s body.
Jurors were shown 10 photographs of Kim Fulbright, an employee of the District Attorney’s office who was eight months pregnant at the time the pictures were taken, inside the toolbox from Scott Peterson’s truck. In addition to being as far along in her pregnancy as Laci, Fulbright also happened to be within four pounds and two inches of the deceased wife of Peterson.
Prosecutors allege the photos of Fulbright in the toolbox and in various positions on Peterson’s fishing boat show how Peterson could have hidden his wife’s body and transported it to the San Francisco bay, about two hours from his home.
Defense Attorney Mark Geragos vigorously opposed the showing of the photos, and referred to them as a "charade" by the prosecution.
"There really wasn’t much going on that day," testified waterfront manager Cliff Marchetti, one of four workers at the waterfront who said the area was almost deserted on December 24, 2002.
As the prosecution continued to try to debunk allegations that their theory doesn’t hold water, the man who sold the fishing boat to Laci’s husband said it was quite steady, and would not tip over if two adults stood on the same side. The defense has alleged that if Peterson were to have thrown his wife over the side, the boat would have tipped over.
At one point there was some debate about the spelling of name of the Peterson’s unborn son, "Connor" or "Conner." Judge Alfred Delucchi then asked Peterson.
"The correct spelling is "er," your honor," Peterson said, in a manner that CourtTV characterized as "a confident voice tinged with pride."
The prosecution has been attempting to put forth a case based on Scott Peterson’s erratic behavior, affair, and alleged secret purchase of a fishing boat that could have been used to dump Laci’s body into the San Francisco Bay.
Geragos claims that the prosecution has no murder weapon, no eyewitnesses, and a case built entirely on circumstantial evidence. He has put forth explanations for Peterson’s strange behavior as well as theories that a satanic cult or men with a tan van abducted Laci on the morning of December 24.
Scott has pleaded innocent to the double murder charges. The case has received national attention and spurred the passage of numerous unborn victims laws.
The laws allow prosecutors to charge criminals with two crimes when they kill or injure an unborn child as a result of attacking a pregnant woman.
Laci’s mother, Sharon Rocha, has become and outspoken advocate of Unborn Victims Laws, both for individual states and the entire nation.
President Bush signed a federal Unborn Victims of Violence Law in March. Rocha had voiced her support of the bill, and had criticized members of the Senate, including presidential hopeful John Kerry, who had stalled and opposed the bill.
According to the National Right to Life Committee, 30 states have unborn victims laws, most recently Kentucky and Virginia, and 18 cover mothers and their unborn children throughout pregnancy. None of those laws has ever been successfully challenged in Court.