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Key update in Scott Peterson trial as juror gets immunity from appeal in murder of wife Laci and unborn son

A JUROR who served on Scott Peterson’s murder trial has been offered immunity before testifying about what could lead to a new hearing.

Peterson convicted of aggravated murder pregnant wife Laci and first-degree murder of their two unborn sons in 2004 and sentenced to death a year later.

The Richelle Nice jury was granted immunity before testifying

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The Richelle Nice jury was granted immunity before testifyingCredit: Getty
Scott Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder of his pregnant wife Laci in 2004

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Scott Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder of his pregnant wife Laci in 2004Credit: AP

However, his death sentence was overturned in 2020 on the basis that the original trial was “faulty” for a number of reasons. A year later, a judge ordered a hearing to see if Peterson should get a new trial.

Richelle Nice, who was on Jury 7 in the trial that led to Peterson’s conviction, has been offered immunity before she testifies at an evidence hearing to be held later this month.

Without an offer, she said she would beg for the Fifth Amendment.

The jury can be disregarded in court if she stands her ground but refuses to answer questions while being questioned, Related press report.

Defense attorneys argued that she was biased because she had been a victim of a crime or was involved in a lawsuit, which she did not disclose during the jury’s selection process.

They learned that she was beaten by her boyfriend in 2001 while pregnant.

She did not reveal that in another pregnancy she received a restraining order against her boyfriend’s ex.

Attorneys argue that she “actively” wants to join the jury to punish Peterson – charges Nice has vehemently denied.

She told Modesto Bee in 2017: “I was not lying when I entered this trial to fry Scott. I’m not.”

The hearing will take place for about a week before the judge decides whether Peterson gets a new trial within the 90-day period.

In December 2021, Peterson was sentenced to life in prison again without amnesty.

Prosecutors say he brought his wife’s body from Modesto on Christmas Eve 2002, and dumped her from his fishing boat into the San Francisco Bay, where she surfaced a few months later.

They told jurors that Scott suffocated or strangled his wife before wrapping her body in a blue tarp.

Laci was eight months pregnant with their unborn son at the time of her murder.

His half-sister Amy Rocha tore Peterson’s body before he was re-sentenced.

She shared: “More than 19 years have passed, not a day goes by that I don’t think of my sister. You took them away from me, I want to be an aunt to Conor too.

“Because of you, our holidays are not the same. Every Christmas Eve, I think of a nightmare. Standing in front of you today makes me sick.”

During Peterson’s first sentencing, Laci’s father, Dennis Rocha, shouted, “You’re going to burn in hell for this. Your life is over.”

Prosecutors say Peterson brought his wife's body from Modesto on Christmas Eve 2002 and dumped her from his fishing boat

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Prosecutors say Peterson brought his wife’s body from Modesto on Christmas Eve 2002 and dumped her from his fishing boatCredit: Getty
Laci's body drifted for months after she was dumped

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Laci’s body drifted for months after she was dumpedCredit: EVIDENCE PHOTO

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