Scott Peterson will be re-sentenced to life in prison for murdering his pregnant wife, a judge has ruled.
A judge ruled yesterday that Scott Peterson will be re-sentenced for the 2002 murders he committed.
His re-sentencing to life in prison is due to take place in November, KRON4 reports.
In 2005, Peterson was found guilty and sentenced to death for the first-degree murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and second-degree murder in the death of their unborn son.
Laci was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her home in 2002. Her body was found months later in April 2003.
As per the Associated Press, authorities said that Peterson used his fish boating to transport and dump the bodies.
Although sentenced to death, Peterson’s death penalty was reversed in 2020 by the California Supreme Court.
The reversal of Peterson’s death penalty conviction was made after it was found that the trial judge “made a series of clear and significant errors in jury selection that, under long-standing United States Supreme Court precedent, undermined Peterson’s right to an impartial jury at the penalty phase,” People reports.
As per Associated Press, the California Supreme Court justices said at the time: “Peterson contends his trial was flawed for multiple reasons, beginning with the unusual amount of pretrial publicity that surrounded the case. We reject Peterson’s claim that he received an unfair trial as to guilt and thus affirm his convictions for murder.”
“While a court may dismiss a prospective juror as unqualified to sit on a capital case if the juror’s views on capital punishment would substantially impair his or her ability to follow the law, a juror may not be dismissed merely because he or she has expressed opposition to the death penalty as a general matter,” they also said.
Petersons re-sentencing will be for life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A court date is said to be scheduled for early October to determine the exact date for the re-sentencing, KRON-TV reports.