Scott Peterson transferred off death row ahead of murder resentencing. What’s next?
Scott Peterson was transferred from San Quentin Prison Death Row to San Mateo County Jail on Monday before hearing his conviction next week.
Judge Anne-Christine Massullo signed an order on November 23 to transfer Peterson as soon as possible after Peterson's attorney, Pat Harris, filed papers claiming he had difficulty communicating with his client while in prison.
Peterson, 49, is being held in prison without bail for convicted of the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn son Conner in 2004. His case was moved from Stanislaus County to San Mateo due to pre-trial publicity.
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He was sentenced to death at the time, but the California Supreme Court overturned the verdict last year, saying the trial judge was wrong in excluding potential jurors who oppose the death penalty.
Peterson continues to fight for his conviction overturned on allegations that a juror was untrue in his case when she completed a jury questionnaire. A hearing on the jury's misconduct allegation is scheduled for late February; Massullo has 90 days from the filing of the matter to decide whether Peterson will get a new lawsuit.
First, Peterson must be sentenced to life imprisonment again with no parole. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for December 8th.
Laci's family and friends are expected to give testimony about the victim's impact at the hearing and face him for the first time since he was sentenced to death more than 17 years ago.
Massullo issued an order allocating 16 seats in the courtroom for friends and family of Laci and 16 for Peterson's friends and family.
Harris told The Bee earlier this month that Peterson might also be able to make a statement at the hearing.
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