Scott Peterson will be re-sentenced to life in prison for murdering his pregnant wife, a judge has ruled
Scott Peterson pictured in handcuffs in 2005. Justin Sullivan, Pool / AP
Scott Peterson, convicted of the murder of his pregnant wife in 2004, is convicted again.
Peterson was sentenced to death in 2005, but the California Supreme Court ruled that out in 2020.
The guilty verdict is confirmed and Peterson is sentenced to life imprisonment.
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A California judge ruled Wednesday that Scott Peterson, who was convicted of the murder of his pregnant wife in 2004, must be convicted of the crime again.
Peterson will be sentenced to life imprisonment with no parole in November, the judge ruled, according to KRON-TV.
Peterson was convicted of first degree murder in 2004 for killing his wife, Laci, and second degree murder in the death of their unborn son. Authorities said Peterson used his fishing boat to dump their bodies in San Francisco Bay, AP News reported.
In 2020, the California Supreme Court overturned Peterson's death sentence, but he had remained on death row since then.
The court denied Peterson's allegation that he had not received a fair trial due to media coverage of the case, but acknowledged that the trial judge "made a number of clear and significant mistakes in the selection of the jury." Some potential jurors have been dismissed for speaking out against the death penalty but imposing it nonetheless, AP News reported.
“While a court can dismiss a prospective juror as unfit to serve on the death penalty if the juror's views on the death penalty would significantly affect his or her ability to obey the law, a juror cannot be dismissed simply for objecting has spoken about the death penalty as a general matter, "said California Supreme Court justices at the time.
Peterson's appellate attorney Cliff Gardner did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
A trial date has been set for October 6th to set an exact date for Peterson's re-conviction, KRON-TV reported.
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