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Scott Peterson released from death row two years after death sentence overturned

Scott Peterson was removed from death row at San Quentin State Prison more than two years after his death sentence was overturned by the California Supreme Court.

Peterson, who was again sentenced to life in prison late last year for the murders of his pregnant wife and unborn son, is currently being held at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, in California, according to prison records.

“He’s going to be surrounded by more people,” his attorney Pat Harris told KRON. “He will have more of a normal prison life.”

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Peterson was moved to the new prison on Friday just days before the former fertilizer salesman turns 50.e birthday. A new mug shot shows Peterson with close-cropped black hair and salt-and-pepper facial hair.

A police document from Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Peterson was convicted in 2004 of murdering his pregnant wife Laci and the couple’s unborn son after dumping Laci’s body in San Francisco Bay. Laci disappeared on Christmas Eve 2002.

Peterson told authorities he had been fishing that day in the bay, not far from where the remains of his wife and son would eventually wash up near the Berkeley Marina.

He was initially sentenced to death following a high-profile trial that included testimony from his mistress Amber Frey, but that sentence was overturned by the California Supreme Court in August 2020.

The court ruled that the jurors were improperly dismissed for personally disagreeing with the death penalty but still willing to impose it, KXTV reports.

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Peterson’s legal team is now fighting to have his conviction overturned after he argued in court in August that alleged juror misconduct tainted the jury.

Their argument centers on the actions of juror Richelle Nice, who had not disclosed her own domestic violence history in a juror questionnaire before serving on the jury.

Peterson’s legal team argued that Nice deliberately lied on the questionnaire so she could participate in the high-profile trial and later benefit from the experience, which they say they did as a co-author of a book on the case with six other jurors.according to the Associated Press.

Prosecutors argue, however, that Nice never intentionally lied on the 23-page long form and pointed to what they believe to be the state’s strong circumstantial case against Peterson.

Judge Anne-Christine Massullo has been tasked with deciding whether to grant a new trial in the case by December 15.