#13) September 2003
Laci Peterson Case Information:
When: September 2003
September 1 Outside the Stanislaus County Jail after visiting Scott Peterson, Jackie Peterson talks about her exclusion from the recent memorial service for Laci and Conner Peterson. “It’s unforgivable,” she says. “I think Laci would have been appalled. She loved us and we loved her. It’s just cruel.” Jackie Peterson shares with KTVU her e-mail letter to Sharon Rocha asking for a delay of the funeral, and the reply she received—not from Sharon Rocha but from Adam Stewart. The text of Jackie Peterson’s letter reads: “The past eight months fill the most difficult moments in all our lives. Arriving soon will be more trying times for all of us. We are dismayed at the failed efforts of Judge Girolami to close the coming hearing. Our effort to do so centered on keeping the press from exploiting the lives of Laci and Conner. Scott is brokenhearted over not being able to protect his family on that fateful day in December and now again not being able to protect the memories of Laci and Conner. We are writing with an appeal to your heart. Though by law, you are granted the decision on how to handle the remains of all our loved ones, we ask you to postpone the service until such time Scott is exonerated and we all join together as a family to mourn your daughter, Scott’s wife, our and your grandson and Scott’s son who has been taken from all of us so cruelly. Please respond so that I know you received this. Our hearts go out to you and your family. We, as you, miss Laci every minute of every day. She had that effect on those close to her.” In reply, Stewart wrote: “You have been aware for several months that our firm represents the interests of the Rocha family. Despite this, you continue to contact members of the family and friends via e-mail, mail and telephone. We ask that you discontinue this practice immediately. The family wishes to be left alone during this difficult time.”
September 2 Scott Peterson enters Stanislaus County Superior Court in a navy suit and tie, looking, in the words of a Court TV account, “upbeat and confident.” He mouths, “Hi, Mom,” to Jackie Peterson sitting in the front row as he walks into the courtroom. Across the aisle is Sharon Rocha with eight supporters. During the brief hearing, Mark Geragos argues for a postponement of Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing. Geragos says that he has received more than 26,000 pages of discovery in the case, and also notes that he has a scheduling conflict with a case he is defending in Los Angeles. Geragos states that the defense only recently learned about 31 pieces of potential evidence recovered near the remains of Laci and Conner Peterson. Al Girolami asks Scott Peterson if he agrees to the postponement, to which he replies, “I do, your honor.” Girolami accedes to the request, postponing the start date to October 20, 2003, but adds that it is “highly unlikely” that the preliminary hearing will be rescheduled again. During the 20-minute hearing, prosecutors refer to mitochondrial DNA they plan to introduce at the hearing, but do not specify from what genetic material the DNA is coming. They also allude to several other pieces of evidence they plan to introduce: the results of a GPS tracking device, testimony from dog handlers and a statement made by a hypnotized Kristen Dempewolf. Geragos says he will challenge the admissibility of much of the evidence disclosed by prosecutors. After the hearing, Lee Peterson tells reporters that Scott Peterson has accepted the necessity of the delay: “He’s okay with it.” He adds that his son is “still grieving the loss of his wife, his baby and his freedom,” and, waxing philosophical for the moment, asks the rhetorical question, “What more could a man lose?” He also expresses his opinion about not being invited to the funeral of Laci and Conner Peterson: “If 250 people can attend, surely there’s room for the grandparents of the baby. I would just have wished to have been there and had a chance to see them find their rest together and bring some finality to it.” Jackie Peterson is not so upbeat about her son’s condition: “It’s terrible. I’m watching him rot in jail. I’m watching him die from the inside out.” Meanwhile, Sharon Rocha slips from the courthouse without speaking to the media. Adam Stewart says she is “very distraught,” calls the relationship between the two families “very raw” and reiterates the position of the Rocha family: “There is no etiquette for the circumstances we’re confronted with here. We don’t feel it was appropriate for them to be invited or present.” Stewart relays that Sharon Rocha questions the timing and motive of Jackie Peterson’s release of the private e-mail messages—two days after the funeral: “Was she really concerned about being there? Was she more concerned about eliciting sympathy for her son?” Dave Cogdill speaks before the California state legislature, proposing to include with Senate Bill 348 a measure to allow Modesto to apply to California for reimbursement of up to 90 percent of the costs related to the Laci Peterson case “except normal salaries and expenses.” Later in the day, James Yip speaks out to deny the validity of reports that Laci Peterson had received a sonogram on December 23, 2002. “There was no ultrasound picture of the baby that day,” Yip says. “It was a routine prenatal visit for her.”
September 3 The Modesto Bee releases three articles on the Laci Peterson case: one concerning Dave Cogdill’s quest for state funding of the investigation, one concerning the ongoing rift between the Rocha family and the Peterson family, and one concerning the delay of the preliminary hearing and associated issues with the evidence.
September 4 The Modesto Bee releases an article entitled, “Laci’s Doctor Rebuts Reports,” in which James Yip’s revelations about the lack of a December 2002 sonogram are discussed.
September 5 Ron Frey tells reporters that, due to the publicity of the Scott Peterson case, Amber Frey has moved to a gated community with 24-hour security and rarely goes out. “She goes to work. She’s got to live, but she mostly stays home,” he says. He says he has been concerned for her safety since her role in the case became public. “What good would it do to put her in witness protection? Everybody knows her,” he says. “Sure there’s security. I cannot account for the police, whether they’ve got people involved or not.” He adds that his daughter was disappointed at the continued postponement of Scott Peterson’s preliminary hearing, being anxious to put at least that much behind her. Contacted by the media to confirm or deny Ron Frey’s claims, Gloria Allred remains neutral: “We have no comment on whether or not she’s taking extra security precautions.” Dave Cogdill’s attachment to Senate Bill 348, which would allow Modesto to apply for state funding for the Laci Peterson case investigation, clears a Local Government Committee vote in the California state legislature, sending it on to the Appropriations Committee. Capt. Greg Savelli testifies before the Local Government Committee that the Modesto Police Department’s cost in the case have already reached $485,000 and could go as high as $750,000 by the end of Scott Peterson’s murder trial. James Miguel testifies that any money the city has to come up with to pay for the Scott Peterson case might drain resources from the Modesto Fire Department: “It has a tremendous impact on all city departments,” he says. Savelli tells reporters that about 100 of the Modesto Police Department’s 370 employees have had some involvement in the case.
September 8 Conner Peterson’s unintended legacy lives on as the conservative GOPUSA publishes an article warning that the pro-abortion group NARAL is attempting to mobilize their supporters in opposition to several pieces of legislation under consideration in the upcoming session of Congress: “Labeling September as ‘anti-choice month,’ NARAL warns supporters in an e-mail to ‘speak out and try and stop’ measures that would protect the lives of unborn children.”
September 9 Roy Wasden goes to Sacramento to meet with California Assembly Appropriations Committee chair Darrell Steinberg concerning Dave Cogdill’s attachment to Senate Bill 348, but to no avail, as Steinberg takes issue with the bill and it does not go before a vote. “We’ve just run out of time,” Wasden says. “They’ve got a lot of other things they’ve got to get done. It was more than the plate could hold this session.”
September 10 ABC breaks a story about what it calls “startling new evidence against Scott Peterson,” centering on “what may have been a road map for an escape south of the border.”
September 11 The media obtains a report about a second “hypnotized witness,” Diane Jackson, in which it is revealed she told a doctor at the Modesto Police Department station that she saw a “suspicious” tan van parked across the street from Scott and Laci Peterson’s home on December 24, 2002. According to the report, she recalled three men standing near the van, which had one rear door open and the other ajar. Contacted by reporters, Jackson declines to comment on the case, citing the gag order.
September 12 In an article entitled, “Police Hypnotize Second Woman,” the Modesto Bee provides greater detail about the potential testimony of Diane Jackson. The article states that, in interviewing Jackson, police investigators displayed pictures of three men suspected of being the trio she spotted across the street from Scott and Laci Peterson’s home on December 24, 2002, but the pictures were of men who had previously performed yardwork for Jackson—clearly not those who gave her menacing looks as she passed by that morning. The article questions whether the closed case of the Rudy and Susan Medina home burglary adds up, noting that some neighbors remain suspicious that it could have occurred on December 26, 2002, amid a flurry of police, volunteer and media activity. Det. Al Brocchini interviews Kristen Reed.
September 13 The Modesto Bee releases two related articles, entitled “California Cases Impact Raging Fetal Rights Debate” and “Peterson Charges Mirror ’81 Trial.” Both articles touch on cases that had parallels to or implications for the Laci Peterson case. The first article tells the tragic tale of Robert Keeler, who beat his pregnant ex-wife in 1969, resulting in a stillborn child. California statutes at the time did not allow Keeler to be tried for murder for killing the fetus, but the crime resulted in legislators quickly updating the language of the law. The second article recounts the first test case of that California fetal murder law, People v. Bunyard. In that case, Jerry Bunyard was convicted and sentenced to death row for plotting the murder of his pregnant wife, Elaine, and hiring Earlin Popham for $1,000 to kill her. According to the article, murder-for-hire prosecution parameters still were evolving, so Stockton prosecutors chose to go after Bunyard for multiple murder, based on the unborn child being one of the victims.
September 14 The Modesto Bee releases an article asking the question, “Is Cult Linked to Peterson Killings?” in which possible ties to the 1990 “Salida Massacre” are outlined. According to the article, “sources close to the case” say that in June 2003, Scott Peterson’s defense team acquired a coat worn by a Modesto resident allegedly affiliated with an occult group. According to the source, the man had bragged about being involved in Laci Peterson’s death. The story states that the defense submitted the trenchcoat-type Oakland Raiders jacket for forensic analysis.
September 15 Michael Starr of the New York Post reports that CBS has signed Mickey Sherman to provide legal commentary for The Early Show regarding the Kobe Bryant and Laci Peterson cases.
September 16 The Modesto Bee releases an article revealing that authorities recovered tape and clear plastic sheeting near Laci Peterson’s remains. According to an unnamed source, a “sizable bundle of the distinctive clear plastic with what appeared to be a length of black electrical tape attached to it” and a “separate length of black plastic similar to roofing material” each were found about 50 yards from the body. According to the article, the clear plastic had a logo for Target Products, a Canadian manufacturer of various building materials, and was one of 31 separate items that were recovered from the area and logged as potential evidence.
September 17 Court TV releases an article entitled, “Peterson Not the Only Murder Suspect Banking on Geragos,” which explores the other murder case being defended by Mark Geragos, that of Armenian Power gang member Karen Terteryan, charged with murder for knifing 17-year-old Raul Aguirre twice in the back and twice in the chest on May 5, 2000, outside Glendale’s Hoover High School as Aguirre tried to break up a gang fight involving Terteryan, his friend Rafael Gevorgyan and a member of a Latino gang, the Westside Locos. The article notes that Geragos acknowledges he has become the defense attorney of choice for Armenians: “I’ve got five pending murder cases and three of them are Armenian.” Facing civil contempt of court charges on suspicion of soliciting and accepting $50,000 from a client whose assets had been frozen by a federal judge in Rhode Island, Geragos denies wrongdoing and predicts the Securities and Exchange Commission will back down: “We’ll file the appropriate paperwork, and I expect they will withdraw their application.”
September 18 The Modesto Bee releases an article about the contempt of court charges against Mark Geragos. The article summarizes the cases surrounding the charges.
September 19 Beginning at 7:00 a.m., the Laci Peterson investigation returns to the San Francisco Bay as a Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department search boat visits the waters off Point Isabel. Divers search the bay waters and visit the Richmond marina. The Fresno Bee obtains a memo written by Melvin King stating that Cory Carroll truthfully answered questions during an examination given to him concerning the Scott Peterson case. In the memo, King recounts a statement given to him by Carroll about how he met Scott Peterson in November 2002 at City Lights, was approached by him about finding someone to steal Laci Peterson’s vehicle for insurance purposes and eventually agreed to pay $300 to set up a meeting with two members of the Nazi Low Riders: Tony, who goes by the name “Dirty,” and Anthony, also known as “Skeeter.” According to Carroll’s statement, he and Scott Peterson met the two men November 29, 2002, at Chili’s Grill and Bar, then went to a nearby motel to continue talking. While there, Carroll states, he overheard “something about kidnapping” and left for about 45 minutes because he did not want to get involved. Upon his return to the room, the two gang members told him that they “were going to take care of something,” but Carroll told them he did not want to hear about their plans.
September 20 Det. Doug Ridenour publicly confirms that investigators have returned to search San Francisco Bay. “We were there,” he says, referring to the media sighting the previous day. The Fresno Bee breaks the story about Cory Carroll claiming that Scott Peterson broached the idea of kidnapping his wife while meeting with two members of a neo-Nazi gang about a month before Laci Peterson’s disappearance. According to Carroll’s attorney, Frank Muna, Carroll was recently interviewed in jail by investigators from the Modesto Police Department and the Stanislaus County Office of the District Attorney. Muna says he contacted the Modesto Police Department after Carroll passed a private polygraph test given by Melvin King. According to the article, Carroll was arrested in December 2002, prior to Laci Peterson’s disappearance, for violating parole after a conviction for receiving stolen property, but later recognized Scott Peterson when viewing a television report about his arrest. Muna defends his client’s statements, noting that Carroll has nothing to gain by coming forward. “We’ve never asked for anything, and we don’t plan to,” Muna states. “This puts my client in a lot of danger.” Muna backs up his claims by noting that Carroll has been attacked twice since being released from prison in July 2003, and the second time, he was told by his attackers to “keep his mouth shut.” Lt. Doug Ridenour is quoted as saying that investigators would follow up on Carroll’s claims: “It doesn’t matter where or what time; if it has a potential connection to a case, we’re going to investigate it.” Mark Geragos declines to comment about the revelation, citing the gag order: “Unfortunately, I can’t comment. I would love to, but unfortunately, I can’t.” King also declines to comment for the article, citing the gag order. Lee Peterson publicly refutes Carroll’s claims, stating that the meeting he described could not have happened because on November 29, 2002, Scott and Laci Peterson left Lee and Jackie Peterson’s home at noon for the 6-hour trip to Modesto.
September 21 The San Jose Mercury News releases an article entitled “Virtual Gumshoes,” which explores the phenomenon of Internet amateur sleuthers addicted to the Laci Peterson case. Janey Peterson, speaking to Fox News, backs up Lee Peterson’s story of the previous day: Scott Peterson was in the San Diego area until noon on November 29, 2002, and therefore could not have met Cory Carroll or two gang members that afternoon. KTVU releases an article about the dispute in which Frank Muna reinterates his contention that his client is both credible and lacking any ulterior motive: “It’s my understanding that Mr. Carroll was present when Mr. Peterson solicited to individuals to kidnap his wife. The jury will be able to listen to his testimony and decide whether they believe him. In this situation, he’s not asking for anything other than to bring forth the truth about what happened to Laci Peterson. I think the jury is gonna believe him.”
September 22 Frank Muna appears on Good Morning America to discuss the claims of his client, Cory Carroll. Muna relates the story told to him by Carroll about Scott Peterson. “Actually, what he did was he asked Mr. Carroll if he knew anyone who would steal his wife’s car under the pretense that he wanted the car stolen because he wanted to buy a new car for his wife for Christmas, and they didn’t think they could get very much money out of it,” Muna explains. “So they wanted to do an insurance scam.” Muna elaborates on the Nazi Low Riders. “Actually, it’s a prison gang—a notoriously vicious prison gang that engages in murders and kidnapping, extortion and drug running.” According to Muna, Carroll agreed to set up the meeting. “What had occurred was that my client knew a couple of people that may go along with this,” he states. “So they set up a meeting at a local restaurant, Chili’s, and then they went back to my client’s motel room.” It was at this point, Muna contends, that Scott Peterson brought up the subject of kidnapping, but Carroll left the room because he didn’t want to get involved. Muna again stresses that Carroll is putting himself at risk by revealing this information, and is not seeking fame or payment. “He comes forward at great cost to himself,” Muna argues. “Now he has to look over his shoulder for the rest of his life. And he’s not interested in 15 minutes of fame or anything. He actually wanted to avoid this but could not simply just sit around on the information knowing what happened to this poor lady.” As to the obvious question of, “Why now,” Muna explains that Carroll did not know about Laci Peterson’s disappearance until he was released from the Fresno County Jail in July 2003. Although two days earlier, he had cited the gag order and declined to comment on Cory Carroll, Melvin King opens up for a Modesto Bee reporter. “My initial thought was, ‘Yeah, yeah, this guy’s wacko,'” he admits, but became more convinced after administering the polygraph, even though only four of the ten questions asked concerned the Laci Peterson case. “I was impressed with his ability to speak clearly, to articulate,” King says, noting that Carroll was anxious only about being implicated in the kidnapping. “He said, ‘I don’t want to be charged with a heinous crime when all I did was arrange a car theft.” According to King, Carroll did not ask for special favors from authorities in exchange for his information. “I have no stake in this,” King contends. “I’m just saying this guy is somewhat credible.” King reveals additional details about his conversation with Carroll, including a statement that he once called a number given to him by Scott Peterson, only to have a woman answer the phone. When asked if he could produce the phone number, Carroll said he left it in his car, which had been towed by law enforcement officials and later sold at auction. Also asked about Carroll’s delay in telling his story, King explains that Carroll said he did not have access to television and newspapers because of an extended lockdown in prison—a claim that was contracdicted by reporters’ checks with the California Department of Corrections. An unnamed source states that fear of attack by gang members is at least one reason why Amber Frey has now secured 24-hour protection: “This goes to show why Amber has got security. Laci ended up deader than hell. How safe is Amber if other people involved are still out there floating around? This is no game.” The Modesto Bee reports that toxicology reports show that Laci Peterson had caffeine in her system when she died, but Conner Peterson did not. Experts interviewed for the article agreed that the caffeine report was not significant, as caffeine can stay several days in the body of an adult after consumption, but rarely passes to a fetus in measurable amounts. According to an unnamed source, specific tests were also done for the presence of GHB, but none was found. Again, the experts concluded the lack of a measurable finding did not mean much. “It’s pretty difficult to find, even in a case where it’s been used,” Richard Mason says in the article. “I don’t think decomposition would enhance the ability to find it, certainly.”
September 23 Concerning rumors of Peterson family dissatisfaction with Mark Geragos that became national news national last week with a report on Catherine Crier Live, Jackie Peterson tells Fox News that she is happy with his work. The Catherine Crier Live report suggested that Scott Peterson was upset that Geragos was not visiting him in jail, prompting Geragos to make a special trip to Modesto to smooth things out with his client. Geragos and Jackie Peterson speak by phone.
September 24 Geraldo Rivera interviews Melvin King for Fox News. “Mr. Carroll was able to convince me that he truly believes what he’s saying has some validity to it,” King tells Rivera. According to King, Carroll overheard enough about the kidnapping plot to know that the plan was to get ransom money from Laci Peterson’s parents. Gloria Allred issues a written statement concerning the placement of nude images of Amber Frey on a fee-based web site run by David Hans Schmidt: “We have advised Amber of all of her legal rights against Mr. Schmidt and anyone who is involved in the sale and distribution of her images, and she will seriously consider her legal options.” Allred calls the site “disgusting and an attempt to exploit Amber simply because she may be an important witness in a high-profile murder case.” Schmidt fired back, “I hope she sues. You can print that. I hope she sues me. Do you think I would enter into a contract without a model release? I wouldn’t touch something unless I had a signed release.” Schmidt claims he will donate 25 percent of proceeds to “abused kids’ charities.” Contacted by Modesto Bee reporters to comment on an upcoming story about the phone conversations of Scott Peterson and Amber Frey, Allred declines to comment specifically. “I can only make a general statement that…she assisted whenever and wherever she could,” Allred tells a reporter. “She has fully cooperated and made many personal sacrifices in order to assist law enforcement.” Mark Geragos and Jackie Peterson speak by phone.
September 25 Following up an earlier Court TV segment, Fox News reports that sources close to Scott Peterson are saying there is continuing dissention among Peterson family members concerning Mark Geragos. Several Peterson family members are reportedly frustrated with his representation and believe they are “paying a lot of money and not getting a lot in return.” Lee Peterson confirms that Geragos is still employed by the Peterson family. Responding to the rumors, Geragos tells Court TV that he “absolutely” still represents Scott Peterson and is unaware of the source of the rumors. “I don’t know where people are getting this stuff,” he says, adding that he talks to Jackie Peterson “more than I talk to my own mother.” As for “not getting a lot in return,” Geragos offers that he works on the case every night, assisted by five other attorneys and four investigators. Concerning the recent departure of Matt Dalton, Geragos says only that the parting was “mutual” and would not affect the case. His frequent sparring partner, Gloria Allred, sees things differently: “It’s damaging to Scott Peterson to have an important part of his defense team suddenly disappear. To have division in the ranks at a time when it’s important to put together a good case, I can’t see how that would be a benefit to Scott Peterson.” Contacted by reporters from the Modesto Bee, a receptionist at Geragos and Geragos refuses to provide a current phone number for Dalton. Allred also states that she fears for Amber Frey’s safety. “I know what can happen out there,” she says, citing recent events in the Carlo Ventre and Kobe Bryant cases where there were offers of money for murder, and murder for money, respectively. “Only after a terrible event occurs do you know how justified your fears are.” Modesto Police Department officials refuse to comment on whether or not Amber Frey is being protected or has requested protection, but a Fresno Police Department spokesperson confirms that his department is not guarding her. Contacted by reporters, Sgt. Ron Cloward informs that a witness in another jurisdiction seeking official protection would request help from the FBI, the California Department of Justice or other area authorities, but declines to say whether that has happened in the case of Amber Frey. “People do have fears and sometimes there is basis in reality for them,” Allred states. “Given the nature of what witnesses in a high-profile case have to go through, I do think it’s wise to take whatever precautions you can to secure yourself and your family.” The Modesto Bee releases an article entitled, “Peterson, Frey Had Frequent Contact,” which uses partial phone records to document a regular phone relationship between Scott Peterson and Amber Frey that endured the disappearance of Laci Peterson. According to the article, Scott Peterson exchanged at least 18 telephone calls with Amber Frey in the nine days before his wife’s disappearance, and also received at least 47 calls from her to his cell phones in the three weeks afterward. Among the more shocking revelations is that he spoke with Amber Frey twice on December 31, 2002—the day of a community candlelight vigil for his missing wife—and 14 times on December 26, 2002, as volunteer searchers combed the La Loma neighborhood. The article notes that the phone records reflect only a portion of the calls between at least four phones known to be used by Amber Frey and Scott Peterson. The article also explores Scott Peterson’s infidelity, quoting an anonymous friend of Laci Peterson’s, who openly questions Scott Peterson’s earlier claim that he had told his wife about his affair with Amber Frey. The friend states that Laci Peterson “gave me no indication that she knew of it,” although she had previously admitted concern that he had been unfaithful in 1998. “She implied that Scott had not been faithful,” the source says. “She never actually admitted the extent of the affair.” However, the source says, after the relationship with Amber Frey surfaced, Scott Peterson candidly admitted the earlier affair when asked. “He confirmed it,” the source states. “He came straight out and told me.”
September 26 Attorneys for the Rocha family file suit in Stanislaus County Superior Court, seeking to prevent Scott Peterson from ever profiting from the Laci Peterson case. The court papers ask for a preliminary injunction requiring any income received by Scott Peterson stemming from the case to go into a protected trust account held for the “victim’s beneficiaries,” which would be Sharon and Dennis Rocha should Scott Peterson end up being convicted. The legal action seeks to prevent him from “expending, disbursing, transferring or otherwise utilizing such incomes, funds or assets without the express authorization of the court.” The suit also seeks to keep Scott Peterson’s current or future “agents, servants, employees or representatives” from profiting in the case. The lawsuit is seen by many experts as a test of whether the recently revised California version of the “Son of Sam” law is constitutional. The new law permits survivors to sue a felon for damages for up to 10 years after completing parole. The article notes that previous laws were deemed unconstitutional for putting prior restraint on publication, but the Rocha suit seeks not to bar publication but only asks to restrict Scott Peterson from spending any money that results. According to Adam Stewart, the prospect of a Scott Peterson book or movie contract is not merely some future spectre—there is credible evidence that the Peterson family has already been planning a deal. “We have a significant amount of evidence…that book deals and the like are in the works,” he states. ” It’s more than just suspicions, but it’s probably less than direct proof.” He contends that the suit will force Scott Peterson’s representatives “to account for everything they make.” Mark Geragos says he has not yet seen the lawsuit and therefore cannot discuss it or predict whether he will be hired to defend against it. A hearing on the lawsuit was set for January 23, 2004. Noted defense attorney Gerry Spence appears on Mornings on 2, stating that he does not think Scott Peterson can get a fair trial in light of the media leaks about the case. The Modesto Bee presents highlights of departing attorney Matt Dalton’s work on the Scott Peterson case: Suggesting to reporters that Rocha family members were burglarizing Scott and Laci Peterson’s home, telling Roger Beauchesne that the defense team had evidence pointing to “real killers” but then showing up too late to be admitted to a private hearing to discuss the claim, calling a pair of shoes allegedly removed by the Rocha family “important evidence” in the case, and defying the gag order by explaining a theory involving kidnapping and human sacrifice in full view of two Bee journalists, and even posing for pictures with Henry Lee and Cyril Wecht, resulting in the defense team having to drop contempt of court charges against Jim Brazelton in favor of a truce presented to Al Girolami.
September 29 Fox News reports that Frank Muna is saying he may have “corroborating evidence” for Cory Carroll’s story as early as today. Muna is hoping to present documentation, and possibly a witness, placing Scott Peterson at locations where he allegedly met with Carroll and two members of a neo-Nazi gang. Lori Krestian calls the Modesto Police Department concerning bones she found “weeks ago” when walking with her dog Bubba several hundred yards from where Laci Peterson’s partial remains and those of her unborn son were discovered. Officials at the Modesto Police Department notify the Richmond Police Department. Later an evidence technician from the Richmond Police Department goes to Krestian’s home to pick up the bones.