Before Gabby Petito & Brian Laundrie there was Laci & Scott Peterson. When Laci Peterson disappeared in 2002, the American public was captivated by her shocking disappearance. As is often the case for missing persons, the story quickly changed to a murder investigation.
Things got even more complicated when it was discovered that Laci was murdered while pregnant and the media madness that followed was unlike any other high-profile homicide case before.
The onslaught of true crime documentaries during the 2010s made it clear how the American public is being swept up in murder scandals, whether they have facts or not. The murder of Laci Peterson left many questions unanswered, and last week the plot thickened even more. Here’s what we’ve found.
E! Online reported Thursday that Scott Peterson will be sentenced to life in prison again for the murder of his deceased wife and their unborn child. Until now, Peterson had been awaiting execution on the death sentence for the crimes. Reports say Peterson was sentenced to death in 2005 by lethal injection.
However, some still wonder whether Peterson actually committed these crimes and whether he is actually innocent. With the news of Peterson’s retrial, true crime fans are wondering if the change in sentence means anything to Peterson’s innocence.
Reports say that during a hearing last Wednesday, September 22, a judge said Scott Peterson will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. So why was the sentence reversed, and is the decision an indication that Peterson may be innocent?
Sources say Peterson will receive a new verdict due to issues of jury selection during his original trial.
Moreover, if Scott Peterson ever gets a new trial, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty again. The possibility of a new trial is mentioned in reports because there has been widespread speculation about the accuracy of Peterson’s trial.
There have been several documentaries and podcast episodes devoted to uncovering the details of the murder of Laci Peterson. Peterson’s assassination was widely reported, with many speculating about how media coverage distorted the investigation. Some believe he became the villain in the media, which influenced the jury’s perception of the man before he got the facts about the murder outright.
It was revealed to the public that Peterson had an affair with massage therapist Amber Frey prior to the trial. Some media used this information to talk about Scott Peterson’s character, rounding Peterson up from adultery to murderer.
Moreover, many of these accounts point to another theory about how Laci Peterson was murdered, leaving Scott Peterson an innocent man.
Reports say that during Scott Peterson’s trial, lawyers defended a theory that Laci was kidnapped and murdered by three men who framed Scott for the crimes.
Anyone who’s seen A & E’s documentaries The murder of Laci Peterson know that this theory has a serious emphasis on it, and can prove Scott’s innocence. Some people in Scott’s life still point to this explanation.
Reports showed that Scott’s sister Janey Peterson believes Scott Peterson is innocent. Sister of the infamous American man talked about Today show last month and said she believes in defense theory, and blames law enforcement officials for his beliefs. She told the audience that she believes the three men mentioned in the defense placed Lacis’ body close to where Peterson fished shortly after her murder to hit him.
It’s hard to say what Scott Peterson’s new penalty means for his convictions. Is Scott Peterson innocent? We do not know for sure until new evidence emerges, giving Peterson a new trial that will no doubt discuss the media’s influence on his first trial. For now, all we know is that Peterson will not be executed soon.
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