8-Month Pregnant Laci Peterson Was Killed by Husband: Inside 18-Year-Old Grisly Murder That Is Still Disturbing

Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant, was murdered on Christmas Eve 2002 by her husband, Scott Peterson. Explore the 18-year-old horrible murder that still haunts today.

Upon Scott Peterson's conviction for killing his wife Laci and their unborn child, justice was served for Laci and her family. Additionally, Scott was given the death sentence.

Yet, Scott's case has never been closed for those fighting for him to be released permanently from prison. The death penalty was overturned last summer by the California Supreme Court.

A banner offering a half-million dollar reward for the safe return of Laci Peterson at the East La Loma Park January 4, 2003 in Modesto, California. | Photo: Getty Images

A banner offering a half-million dollar reward for the safe return of Laci Peterson at the East La Loma Park January 4, 2003 in Modesto, California. | Photo: Getty Images

TRIAL JUDGE ERRED

According to the court, the trial judge failed by dismissing prospective jurors who stated that they oppose capital punishment without informing them if they'd be willing to impose it.

The justices further ordered a hearing to be held in San Mateo Superior Court to review Scott's conviction in order to investigate and get to the bottom of possible juror misconduct. 

The program for the memorial service for Laci Peterson and her unborn son Connor on May 4, 2003 in Modesto, California. | Photo: Getty Images

The program for the memorial service for Laci Peterson and her unborn son Connor on May 4, 2003 in Modesto, California. | Photo: Getty Images

In the meantime, the guilty verdict remains, and prosecutors have declared that they will hold another trial before consenting to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

The police in San Diego arrested Scott on April 18, 2003.

Scott Peterson was photographed by the California Department of Corrections in June 2007. | Photo: Getty Images

Scott Peterson was photographed by the California Department of Corrections in June 2007. | Photo: Getty Images

INSISTING HE'S INNOCENT

The A&E documentary, "The Murder Of Laci Peterson," which aired in 2017, recorded a phone interview with Scott reiterating his innocence in the case. He's currently incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison.

In his memory of the moment when he was convicted, Scott explained that he could not feel his feet on the floor. "I couldn't feel the chair I was sitting in. My vision was even a little blurry," he added.

Scott continued, "And I just had this weird sensation that I was falling forward — and forward and down and there was going to be no end to this falling forward and down, like there was no floor to land on."

THE MURDER

On December 24, 2002, Laci went missing. Scott told police he last saw her at their home in Modesto, California, when she was preparing to take a walk in a park, and he was headed out on a fishing trip.

The police in San Diego arrested Scott on April 18, 2003. A statement from General Bill Lockyer revealed that the dead bodies found in Richmond belong to Laci and her unborn son.

On May 27, 2004, the twelve jurors, who were picked for the trial, said they would have no qualms about sending Scott to the death penalty if he were convicted of murdering his wife and unborn child.

In related news, one Kentucky mother is being held in the Louisville Metro Corrections Center on charges that she allegedly murdered her ten-year-old son after cutting his tongue out.

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