Mark Geragos and Scott Peterson
In his wrap-up appearance in the Scott Peterson double-murder trial, defense attorney Mark Geragos provided the jury with a brief set of instructions in which he stressed that if there are two reasonable explanations for what happened to victim Laci Peterson, the jury is required to select the explanation that favors the defendant.
"This case comes down to evidence versus emotion," a soft-spoken Geragos told the jury Wednesday morning. "The evidence shows that Scott Peterson had nothing to do with this."
The attorney further requested that the jury "not ... decide this case on what's said on cable TV," he said. "Decide the case on the evidence that is here."
Stanislaus County District Attorney Rick Distaso was due to give his rebuttal Wednesday afternoon.
Peterson, a former fertilizer salesman, is charged with the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, and the couple's unborn son. Laci Peterson disappeared from the couple's home on Dec. 24, 2002. He has pleaded not guilty.
Should the jury decide to convict Peterson, they will have two choices before them: first- or second-degree murder. The latter would spare him the death penalty.