The Los Angeles Innocence Mission introduced Thursday that it’s taking over the Scott Peterson homicide case because the convicted killer seeks new DNA testing.
Pat Harris, Peterson’s lawyer, introduced the information in a press release.
“We’re very excited to have the extremely proficient attorneys from the LA Innocence Mission lend their appreciable experience to serving to show Scott’s innocence,” Harris stated.
Peterson was convicted in 2004 for the homicide of his pregnant spouse, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner. He was sentenced to dying in 2005.
The LA Innocence Mission works to exonerate these wrongly convicted by forensic and different scientific proof.
The group stated it “is investigating his declare of precise innocence” however had no additional remark. In paperwork filed with the San Mateo Superior Court docket, the nonprofit requested prosecutors and legislation enforcement hand over proof that was obtainable through the trial.
Moreover, legal professionals with the LAIP acknowledged that Peterson had an lively petition for the writ of Habeas Corpus, which is a authorized problem to a previous felony conviction. The movement was filed at the side of Peterson’s movement for DNA testing to show his innocence.
“Mr. Peterson respectfully requests that the Court docket grant this Movement and direct the Individuals present the requested discovery in order that additional investigation into the claims set forth within the pending Petition will be performed,” The LA Innocence Mission’s legal professionals wrote within the courtroom paperwork.
In August 2020, the California Supreme Court docket reversed the dying sentence after discovering that jurors had been erroneously dismissed, partly as a result of they expressed objections to the dying penalty on a questionnaire. He was resentenced in 2021 to life with out parole.
Peterson’s lawyer stated on the time of the 2021 resentencing that his shopper has proven no regret as a result of he is not responsible.
Peterson was uniformly described as a loving husband and expectant father, Harris stated, till it turned public that he was having an affair with Amber Frey on the time of his spouse’s disappearance.
Then, “he shortly turned essentially the most hated man in America,” Harris stated in 2021.
Prosecutors stated Peterson took his spouse’s physique from their Modesto house on Christmas Eve 2002 and dumped her from his fishing boat into the San Francisco Bay, the place they washed ashore in April 2003.
Peterson admitted he was fishing on the day his spouse disappeared. He had researched ocean currents, purchased a ship with out telling anybody, and couldn’t clarify what sort of fish he was making an attempt to catch that day.
Additionally, within the weeks after Laci disappeared, he offered his spouse’s automotive, appeared into promoting their home, and turned the newborn nursery right into a storage room.
Peterson was finally arrested after Frey, a therapeutic massage therapist dwelling in Fresno, informed police that they’d begun relationship a month earlier than his spouse’s dying, however that he had informed her his spouse was lifeless.