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Scott Peterson Leaves California’s Death Row: NPR


A new mug shot taken on Friday shows Scott Peterson, 50, with salt-and-pepper stubble compared to his clean-shaven look.

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Scott Peterson Leaves California's Death Row: NPR

A new mug shot taken on Friday shows Scott Peterson, 50, with salt-and-pepper stubble compared to his clean-shaven look.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Scott Peterson has been removed from death row more than two years after the California Supreme Court overturned his death sentence for the murder of his pregnant wife two decades ago, state officials said Monday. correctional services.

Peterson was moved last week from San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco to Mule Creek State Prison east of Sacramento. A new mug shot taken on Friday shows Peterson, 50, with salt and pepper stubble compared to his clean-shaven look.

Jurors imposed the death sentence after finding Peterson guilty of the first degree murder of Laci Peterson, 27, and the second degree murder of the unborn son they would name Conner, throwing them into San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve 2002.

The state’s high court overturned that conviction in August 2020 after finding that potential jurors were wrongfully dismissed for saying they personally disagreed with the death penalty but would be willing to go along with it. law and enforce it.

A state judge is now considering whether Peterson deserves a new trial after judges separately said his jury may have been tainted by a biased juror.

Peterson was primarily detained in San Quentin during this months-long hearing process, in part so he would have better access to his lawyers.

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