Peterson Trial: Amber Wraps Up Testimony
08/25/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT
Scott Peterson's former mistress, Amber Frey, finished her testimony at his double-murder trial Tuesday with the grudging acknowledgement that her relationship with the married fertilizer salesman left something to be desired.
"He never told you that he loved you," defense attorney Mark Geragos asked during Frey's cross-examination.
"Not in those words," she replied.
"You listened to all those tapes for hours and hours," Geragos said, referring to the recorded (by police) phone conversations between Frey and Peterson in the days following the disappearance of Peterson's pregnant wife, Laci.
"In all the conversations before Laci goes missing, and in all the conversations after, you never heard him say, 'I love you,'" the lawyer pressed.
"Not in those words," Frey, 29, repeated, remaining as unflappable as she had been throughout her seven days of testimony.
Geragos's aim was to portray the adulterous relationship between Frey and his client as a casual fling rather than the near-obsessive romance that prosecutors say led Peterson to kill his wife around Christmas Eve 2002 and dump her remains into San Francisco Bay. Peterson, 31, has pleaded not guilty, and his trial is expected to last six months.
Geragos asked Frey, who permitted police to record her phone conversations with Peterson, "Did you ever find any evidence whatsoever that proved his guilt in those tapes? There wasn't, was there?"
"I found little evidence – " Frey started to say before being cut off by Geragos, who quickly moved on to the next question.
To bolster his argument that Frey was obsessed with Peterson (and not the other way around), Geragos also presented a 2002 Christmas card Frey sent out, showing her with Peterson standing in front of a Christmas tree – even though the two had only met on Nov. 20, 2002.
Frey said that the card, of which Peterson was unaware, only went to a few people.