Updated Mug Shot of Convicted Killer Scott Peterson Released By San Quentin

May 18, 2018
By: Catherine Townsend
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Photo by: Mug shot of Scott Peterson [California Department of Corrections]

Mug shot of Scott Peterson [California Department of Corrections]

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SAN QUENTIN, CA — A new mug shot of Scott Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child in 2004, has been taken at California’s San Quentin State Prison. New mug shots of the prisoners are reportedly taken every seven years.

Peterson, 45, has been on Death Row since his sentencing.

The case of Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant when she went missing on December 24, 2002, made headlines and captivated the entire nation.

Her body was found on April 14, 2003, when it washed up off the coast near Berkeley. Investigators also found the remains of Laci’s unborn child, whom the couple had reportedly named Conor.

Scott Peterson was picked up by police three days later. Investigators found items including multiple cell phones, $15,000 in cash, 200 sleeping pills, Viagra pills, his brother John’s ID, a dagger, and a gun in his possession. He has always maintained his innocence in connection with the murder of his wife.

Prosecutors had some forensic evidence in the case, including a single strand of hair that was found in a pair of pliers on his boat. But the circumstantial evidence was much more comprehensive.

At Peterson’s trial in 2004, his mistress Amber Frey dealt a crushing blow to the defense when she testified that she had been dating Scott for months — and that he had told her he was a widower. Other witnesses testified that Peterson was laughing and joking in the weeks following his wife’s disappearance.

The prosecution also questioned his night fishing story, as well as the fact that he had cleaned the home using bleach on the day his wife went missing — in spite of the fact that the maid stated that she had mopped the entire home on December 23, just the day before.

Peterson was found guilty and sentenced to death by lethal injection in March of the following year. His lawyers have appealed the death sentence.

For more on this case, watch Investigation Discovery’s Scott Peterson: An American Murder Mystery on ID GO now!

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