by Steven Ertelt
April 5, 2006
Modesto, CA (LifeNews.com) — The controversy between Scott and Laci Peterson’s families continues long after Scott was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and their unborn child. Just a day after announcing a $250,000 cash award for information exonerating her son, Scott Peterson’s mother wants money from Laci’s estate to pay for their house.
Jackie Peterson says she wants $35,000 to from Laci’s estate to compensate her and her husband for mortgage payments and other costs she incurred to pay for the couples home while Scott was on trial.
According to an AP report, Jackie filed paperwork with the court on March 27 seeking reimbursements from the estate for the house costs, including mortgage payments, property tax payments, utility bills and home repairs.
The costs came from April 2003 through February 2005. The house was eventually sold in July and Peterson’s parents received some of the money for it.
“I do not ask to profit. I ask for what is fair and proper,” Jackie Peterson said, according to the AP report.
The Stanislaus County Superior Court is expected to hold a hearing on the matter on April 13.
Peterson sits on death row after having been convicted of the double murder. His legal team is working on appeal of the conviction and sentence, but Scott’s family is hoping to up the ante to free him.
They are offering the money for "specific information" leading to his exoneration and have put together a web site, www.scottpetersonappeal.org, which claims Scott is innocent of Laci’s Christmas Eve disappearance and the deaths of her and her baby.
The Peterson case sparked a renewed debate about violence against pregnant women and prompted the passage of a Congressional measure allowing federal prosecutors to punish criminals when they attack a pregnant woman and kill or injure the unborn child.
Some 32 states currently have laws that recognize the unborn child as second victim in such attacks and 20 of them protect mother and child throughout pregnancy.
Peterson was convicted under California’s unborn victims law that recognizes a second victim starting at seven to eight weeks into pregnancy.