Eight months pregnant together with her first youngster, a boy she and husband Scott Peterson had already named Conner, Laci was last seen alive on Dec. 24, 2002—a number of weeks after Scott advised his mistress, Amber Frey, that he was about to have his first Christmas since his spouse’s loss of life. As a result of once they met, Scott had advised Amber that he was not too long ago widowed.
Two days earlier than Laci went lacking, “I had gone over with the intention of getting Scott straighten out my Christmas tree,” neighbor Karen Servas later advised the Modesto Bee. “He was a bit quiet. Proper earlier than he walked out the door, unprompted, he turned to me and mentioned, ‘Oh, by the best way, we picked out a reputation. We wish to identify the child Conner.'”
On Christmas, Servas continued, “I went over there and we watched the information. A variety of folks had been there—Laci’s buddies, Scott and Scott’s mother and pop had simply gotten into city. After the information, I went to depart and Scott mentioned, ‘Why do not you keep? We’ll have dinner.’ I mentioned, “No, I do not eat meat’ as a result of there was a turkey anyone had introduced on the countertop. I felt actually uncomfortable. I simply needed to go residence.”
Laci’s stays washed ashore within the San Francisco Bay space in April 2003—and on the identical day they had been positively recognized, Scott was arrested for homicide.
He maintained that he was harmless, however a jury discovered him responsible within the murders of his spouse and unborn son and sentenced him to loss of life. In August 2020, the California Supreme Court docket overturned the sentence, agreeing with the protection that there might have been a problem throughout jury choice that prevented the penalty from being correctly utilized. In October, the excessive courtroom additionally ordered a evaluate of Scott’s conviction, and there’s a risk that he might be granted a brand new trial. On the identical time, prosecutors mentioned that, because it pertains to the August choice, they will seek the death penalty once more.