Jury in Deliberation for Peterson Trial
After five months of testimony, the jury is now deliberating the fate of Scott Peterson, who’s charged with the murder of his wife and unborn child.
Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Jurors will try to decide whether Peterson killed his pregnant wife and dumped her body in San Francisco Bay, or was merely a philandering husband framed by Modesto Police. If Peterson is found guilty, the jury will decide his punishment. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, but recently the judge in the case ruled that second-degree murder could be an option. The lesser charge carries a 15-year prison term. Professor Michael Vitiello of the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento says the option of second-degree murder favors the prosecution in this case. VITIELLO :10—There is a chance that when you have a jury that is simply stuck that they will end up finding the defendant guilty of the lesser offense. The defense has argued that the prosecution presented only circumstantial evidence and therefore Peterson should be acquitted. The jury is going to be sequestered near the courthouse in Redwood City while they deliberate. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.