Convicted murderer Scott Peterson has been denied a new trial in the 2002 death of his pregnant wife, Lacey Peterson, a judge ruled Tuesday.
The decision comes more than a year after the California Supreme Court ordered Superior Court Judge Anne Christine Maslo to consider whether juror misconduct denied Peterson a fair trial.
Peterson’s team had alleged that Juror 7, a woman named Richelle Nice, was hiding details of her personal life that were not true.
Nice had sought a restraining order in 2000 over concerns that her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend would harm her unborn child, for not disclosing that she was a victim of domestic violence. was accused of unlawful conduct.
Court documents from Tuesday’s ruling obtained by NBC Bay Area show that the court found that some of Nice’s responses to the jury questionnaire were “false in certain respects,” but that they were “existing Peterson.
Her response, writes Massallo, “was the result of a combination of a sincere misunderstanding of the question and sloppiness in the answer.”
Nice, who co-wrote a book about the case with other jurors, denies being influenced by her personal experience.
Peterson was convicted of murder in 2004 and sentenced to death the following year. His ruling was overturned by the California Supreme Court in 2020. Last year he resented a life sentence with no possibility of parole.
Twenty-seven-year-old Lacey Peterson was eight months pregnant with her son, Connor, when she was murdered in December 2002, five years after marrying Peterson.
According to online court records, prosecutors said he tried to cover up the crime by dumping his wife’s body in Berkeley Marina on Christmas Eve and making it look like she was missing. Her body was later washed ashore. Peterson’s lawyers claim she was killed after encountering her robbery.