Scott and Laci Peterson were expecting the birth of their first
child when Laci, who was about 7 1/2 months pregnant, disappeared.
She was reported missing on Dec. 24, 2002.
Scott Peterson is pictured here in January 2003 at a command center
in Los Angeles where volunteers pick up leaflets to help in the
search for his missing wife.
(Ann Johansson/AP Photo)
ABC News' Diane Sawyer interviewed Scott Peterson as the search for
Laci was still ongoing
and the case began to generate national
attention. Legal analysts said it was unwise for
Peterson to have
discussed the case on national television.
(Ida Mae Astute/ABCNews)
Modesto, Calif., police investigators searched the home of Laci and
Scott Peterson in February 2003.
(Paul Sakuma/AP Photo)
Police retrieve a body found in San Francisco Bay at Point Isabel,
Calif., on April 14, 2003. A day earlier the body of a male fetus,
still attached to its umbilical cord, was found on the same stretch
(Chris Hardy, San Francisco Chronicle/Reuters)
Peterson was booked on two counts of murder at the Stanislaus County
jail April 19. He had been arrested 12 hours earlier in San Diego.
Authorities believed he was trying to flee the country to Mexico.
Peterson's mistress, Amber Frey, testified against her former lover
in August. Frey had been having an affair with Peterson at the time
of Laci's disappearance. Her cooperation proved critical to the
(Bart Ah You/AP Photo, Pool)
Mark Geragos, left, and Pat Harris, attorneys for Scott Peterson,
head into court Dec. 9 to finish up their defense arguments during
the trial's penalty phase.
(AP Photo/ Palo Alto Daily News, Tony Avelar)
Valerie Harris celebrates as she wins a daily lottery for a
spectator seat in the Scott Peterson murder trial. Harris runs a
trial watcher's Web site, petersonblog.com, owns a publishing
company and is planning to write a book about her experience.
(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
A child stands in front of a makeshift memorial for Laci Peterson,
outside the couple's Modesto home.
Laci Peterson is shown here shortly before she disappeared. The jury
requested this photo just
before recommending in December 2004 that
Scott Peterson be sentenced to death.
Ron Grantski, right, Laci Peterson's stepfather, exchanges
congratulations with Stanislaus County
District Attorney James Brazelton after Scott Peterson was sentenced to death on March 16,
2005. "Scott got what he deserved," Grantski said.
(Contra Costa Times, Dan Honda/AP Photo)
Lee and Jackie Peterson, Scott's parents, stormed out of the
courthouse before their son's sentencing hearing ended. Lee Peterson
was scolded by the judge for shouting "What a liar!" as Laci's
Brent Rocha, addressed the court.
(Monica Davey/AP Photo)
Scott Peterson is escorted by San Mateo County sheriff's deputies as
he is transferred to death row at
San Quentin State Prison. He will
likely go through several years of appeals before he is executed.
(Justin Sullivan/AP Photo)