Laci Peterson, 27, was murdered in December 2002 when eight months pregnant with their son, Conner.
A court refused Scott Peterson’s request for a new trial in the 2002 death of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson.
More than a year ago, the California Supreme Court directed Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo to investigate whether juror misconduct denied Peterson a fair trial.
Juror 7, a lady called Richelle Nice, had been accused by Peterson’s side of lying and concealing information of her personal life that they claimed constituted a conflict.
Nice was accused of “prejudicial misconduct” because she failed to reveal that she had been a victim of domestic violence and had obtained a restraining order in 2000 due to concerns that her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend might harm her pregnant child.
According to court documents obtained by NBC Bay Area from Tuesday’s judgement, the court did determine that several of Nice’s responses on a jury questionnaire were “false in certain ways,” but they were not “motivated by pre-existing or unlawful bias” against Peterson.
Her responses “were the consequence of a combination of good faith misunderstanding of the questions and sloppiness in answering,” according to Massullo.
Nice, who co-wrote a book on the case with other jurors, has disputed that her personal experiences influenced her decision.
Peterson was found guilty of murder in 2004 and condemned to death the following year. In 2020, the California Supreme Court overturned his sentence. He was resentenced to life in jail without the chance of release last year.
Laci Peterson, 27, was eight months pregnant with their son, Conner, when she was murdered in December 2002, five years after they married.
According to online court records, prosecutors claim he dumped his wife’s body in Berkeley Marina on Christmas Eve and tried to cover it up by pretending she was gone. Her body washed up on the beach later. Peterson’s attorneys claim she was slain after discovering a burglary.