The Laci Trial: Anger Builds
Meanwhile, Geragos and deputy district attorney Rick Distaso each appeared to score points. Some of the prosecution's best moments came from Modesto detective Matthew Spurlock, who testified that Peterson responded with a "blank stare" when asked what he was fishing for the day Laci disappeared and what he had used for bait. But later Geragos seemed to trip up Spurlock on whether cars could drive into East La Loma Park. (They can.) Earlier the defense lawyer had established that police saw transient "encampments" in the park; this could lay the groundwork for his theory that Laci was abducted near her home, perhaps while walking her dog in the park, and driven away in a tan van. Observes Loyola Law School professor Stan Goldman: "Every time the prosecution puts a witness on the stand, they take two steps forward and one step back."