Peterson Trial: Jurors Hear Scott's Voice
Though Scott Peterson is not likely to take the stand in his defense at his double-murder trial, his voice was heard in the courtroom Tuesday, when prosecutor Birgit Fladager introduced as evidence Peterson's 21-minute interview with Diane Sawyer that aired on ABC in January 2002.
Jurors watched as Scott wept onscreen and proclaimed his love for his wife. Peterson, meanwhile, looked at his former, healthier-looking self and occasionally whispered to attorney Mark Geragos.
Perhaps the most dramatic moment of the Sawyer interview was when Peterson said that he informed the police of his affair with Amber Frey on Dec. 24, 2002, the day Laci disappeared. This statement is in direct conflict with previous testimony in the case.
The prosecution also presented a wire-tapped conversation between Peterson and lead investigator Craig Grogan, a Modesto detective, who is revealed to be highly suspicious of Peterson.
Of the interview with ABC, Peterson says to Grogan as recorded on the tapes: "They caught me answering a question ... about a girlfriend. ... I answered it wrong on Diane Sawyer. Sounds like I answered a question that I told you about Amber the first night, and obviously you know, we both know I didn't. And I don't know if I should try to get a retraction out there or just – you know. Anyways, it's – you know – we both know that's not true."
On the witness stand, Grogan listed several reasons why police suspected that Peterson had killed his pregnant wife Laci in their home and then dumped her remains into San Francisco Bay. (Peterson, 31, has pleaded not guilty).
Among them, said Grogan: "The dog tracking at the Berkeley Marina that indicated Laci Peterson's scent was there"; "The defendant told us that he was at the Berkeley Marina"; "He had a two-day fishing license that was purchased on Dec. 20 and filled out for the 23rd and 24th"; "The fishing tackle in the boat ... was freshwater tackle"; and "The fact that he paid cash for the boat and didn't register the boat."
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