Jury Hears About Scott Peterson’s Emotions, Theories After Laci’s Death

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 26, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Jury Hears About Scott Peterson’s Emotions, Theories After Laci’s Death

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by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
September 26, 2004

Redwood City, CA (LifeNews.com) — In the past week, jurors in the Scott Peterson double-murder trial heard from the lead investigator in the case and an expert that testified that the Peterson’s unborn child Conner died on or about the day that Laci disappeared.

On Monday, Modesto Police investigator Craig Grogan discussed early interviews with Peterson in which he told police he believed a vagrant had robbed and kidnapped Laci for her jewelry — a theory that Peterson’s defense team has mentioned several times over the course of the trial.

While most of Laci’s jewelry was found in her room, a pair of diamond earrings and a diamond-encrusted Croton watch are still missing.

On Tuesday, Grogan read for jurors over a dozen items from a list of 41 reasons that police suspected that Laci’s body would show up in the bay, including not only Peterson’s recently purchased fishing boat, but also how much gas purchased, tracking dogs that followed Laci’s scent to the bay, and the fact that Peterson returned to the bay three times in the month after Laci disappeared.

Jurors also saw recordings of interviews Peterson did with Diane Sawyer an other reporters in the month after his wife disappeared.

Prosecutors pointed out that several of Peterson’s statements on the interviews were false,
including statements that he told police about his affair with Amber Frey "immediately," whereas police found out about the affair with Frey on December 30, six days after the disappearance, and Peterson only admitted to the affair a month after the disappearance.

Peterson also said in the interviews that he told Frey he was married and that his wife was missing on the day she disappeared, but Frey said she learned of her lover’s current marriage and missing wife from news reports.

On Wednesday, Dr. Greggory DeVore, an obstetrician who specializes in high-risk pregnancies and maternal fetal medicine testified that according to measurements of Conner’s body, he died around the time of Laci’s disappearance.

Grogan narrated a video tour of the Peterson’s home on Wednesday, in which jurors saw some signs supporting the prosecution’s theory that Peterson was quickly trying to get on with his life, such as linens and chairs being stored in the nursery.

However, there was also evidence to the contrary, such as the fact that Peterson still had his wife’s robe hung up in the bathroom, her makeup in a drawer, and a guide to pregnancy was left out on a counter.

On Thursday the court watched a clip from home movie of Laci and a friend in the kitchen of the Peterson’s home, the first video footage of Laci and the first time her voice was heard in court.

Grogan testified again on Thursday as well, addressing Peterson’s arrest and the incredible volume of tips that police received — over 10,000.

Grogan explained that many of the tips were cleared because of the narrow window of opportunity between Peterson leaving for his fishing trip at 10:08 am and the recovery of the Peterson’s dog, found wandering the neighborhood and dragging his leash at 10:18 am.

Peterson had told police that when he left Laci was mopping the floor and was planning to take the dog for a walk. When her body was found, she was not wearing the outfit that Peterson described her as wearing while mopping the floor.

"She’s supposed to be in the house in a pair of black pants and white shirt, mopping the floor when he leaves at 10:08," testified Grogan. "So, in order for her to go for a walk, according to the defendant’s statements, she would have to change clothes, put on shoes and socks, put the leash on the dog and then leave the house."

The prosecution has been putting 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, and attacked investigators for doing sloppy work and focusing on Peterson exclusively.

Scott Peterson 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 returned to Washington from the campaign trial to vote against 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.