Scott Peterson Appeals Murder Conviction

The day his wife's body was officially identified, Peterson was arrested near Torrey Pines golf course

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    Calif. Dept. of Corrections
    Scott Peterson was sentenced to death for killing his wife, Laci, and their unborn child.

    Convicted killer Scott Peterson is appealing his 2004 death sentence claiming he had nothing to do with the murders of his wife Laci and their unborn son Connor.

    The San Diego native was convicted of the murders in 2004 and sentenced to death. He's currently being held in San Quentin State Prison.

    Peterson's attorney Cliff Gardner filed an appeal with the California Supreme Court late Thursday claiming Peterson was unable to get a fair trial due to the overwhelming publicity the trial received along with incorrect evidentiary rulings.

    Peterson claimed that Laci was killed sometime after he left their Modesto home the morning of Dec. 24, 2002 to go fishing in the San Francisco Bay.

    Laci Rocha Peterson's body and that of her unborn sound were found months later in San Francisco Bay.

    On the day the bodies were officially identified, Scott Peterson was arrested at the intersection of Callan and Torrey Pines Road in the San Diego area. Law enforcement officers, who had been tailing Peterson for months, feared their suspect was about to flee to Mexico with his new blond haired appearance.

    His trial was ordered moved from Stanislaus County of the Petersons' home, to San Mateo County.

    Beyond issues with the publicity, Gardner argues the judge made several erroneous evidentiary decisions and other rulings that led to Peterson receiving an unfair trial.

    Gardner also argues that some of the prosecution's strongest evidence should never have been shown to the jury. For instance, Gardner alleges that the police dog who picked up Laci's scent at the Berkeley Marina "even though the dog had a dismal record of being wrong a remarkable 66 percent of the time."

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