Peterson Defense Tells Jury
Murder Case Wasn't Proved
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Prosecutors failed to prove that Scott Peterson murdered his pregnant wife, Laci, and were telling jurors, "don't bother with the five months of evidence," a defense attorney said Tuesday.
Mark Geragos told jurors that prosecutors portrayed Peterson as a "jerk and a liar" but have not shown him to be guilty. Geragos accused authorities of waffling on their theory of the crime, first saying Peterson's affair with Amber Frey was his motive for murder, and later pointing to Peterson's desire to be free from marriage.
"Clearly Amber was not the motive. Nobody was going to kill Laci Peterson and her child for Amber Frey," Geragos said.
The jurors heard the prosecution's closing argument Monday and could begin deliberations Wednesday. The trial began with jury selection in March and opening statements in June.
The prosecutors tried to make jurors hate his client, Geragos said. "If you hate him, then maybe what they're asking you to do is just convict him. Don't bother with the five months of evidence. . . . Don't bother with the fact that the evidence shows clearly that he didn't do this and had absolutely no motive to do this," Geragos told jurors.
Prosecutors say Peterson killed his wife on Dec. 23 or 24, 2002, then dumped her weighted body into San Francisco Bay. Defense lawyers say someone else abducted and killed Laci.
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