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Convicted Murderer Scott Peterson Will Be Re-Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole For 2002 Killings Of Pregnant Wife Laci Peterson & Their Unborn Son

Sep. 22 2021, Published 7:26 p.m. ET

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A judge has declared that convicted murderer Scott Peterson will be re-sentenced for the 2002 killings of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son, Conner.

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In August 2020, the world watched in disbelief when Peterson's death sentence was overturned due to alleged errors in jury selection. He has remained sitting on San Quentin's death row without a sentence ever since.

According to KRON4, a California judge ruled on Wednesday that Peterson will be re-sentenced in November to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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The now 48-year-old was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in 2004 and sentenced to the death penalty the following year.

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Peterson's death conviction was overturned by the California Supreme Court, sighting the trial judge "made a series of clear and significant errors in jury selection that, under long-standing United States Supreme Court precedent, undermined Peterson's right to an impartial jury at the penalty phase."

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While his death sentence was overturned, the court ruled Peterson's murder convictions would stay in place.

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"Peterson contends his trial was flawed for multiple reasons, beginning with the unusual amount of pretrial publicity that surrounded the case," the court said at the time. "We reject Peterson’s claim that he received an unfair trial as to guilt and thus affirm his convictions for murder."

Laci was 8 months pregnant with their son when she went missing on the day of Christmas Eve 2002.

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Peterson claimed he left Laci at home in Modesto, California, and went on a solo fishing trip. He alleged Laci was taken and killed while walking the family dog.

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But the jury soon heard from Peterson's mistress Amber Frey, who gave harrowing testimony about finding out he was married and his story that followed about his pregnant wife vanishing.

Frey contacted authorities, informing them about her affair with Peterson after seeing his face on the news. She worked tirelessly with police, taping phone conversations with Peterson that proved vital to the case.

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While he's allegedly set to be re-sentenced in November, his next court appearance is October 10.

As for Peterson's family, his sister-in-law hasn't given up hope and believes there's new evidence to prove his innocence.

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