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Judge in Scott Peterson case denies almost all DNA retesting requests as convicted killer vies for new trial

A California judge on Wednesday denied nearly all of Scott Peterson’s requests for new DNA testing as his defense team seeks a new trial.

A spokesman for San Matteo County Superior Court said the judge agreed to admit only a piece of duct tape found on Laci Peterson’s pants “during the autopsy” as evidence for new DNA testing.

“Judge Hill denied the defense’s motion to seek DNA testing on all but one of the 14 items presented in the defense’s initial motion filed with the court on January 17, 2024,” the spokesperson added.

Scott Peterson was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay 20 years ago.

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Convicted murderer Scott Peterson will appear in court on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, to seek a new trial. (KTVU)

Peterson is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of murdering Lacie and her unborn child Connor, whose bodies were found in the bay in April 2003.

Lacey, who was eight months pregnant at the time, disappeared from the couple’s Modesto home on Christmas Eve 2002.

Among the 14 items Peterson’s lawyers sought but were denied reexamination were a mattress found in the burnt van, a hammer and gloves possibly used in a nearby robbery, and debris that had washed up on the bay where Rashi was found.

Peterson and his supporters have long focused on suspects who burglarized a house across the street from theirs and say they may have killed his wife.

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Peterson attempted multiple appeals over the years, but was ultimately successful in having his death sentence overturned and replaced with a sentence of life without parole.

This latest allegation, picked up by the Los Angeles Innocence Project, was previously Untested DNA evidence That could be an indication that someone else may have been involved in the murders of Lacey and Connor.

Laci Peterson shortly before her death

Scott Peterson was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, in 2004. (Getty Images)

Earlier this month, prosecutors, in a 337-page court filing opposing the defense’s motion for new DNA testing, cited “overwhelming” evidence that led to the defendants’ conviction in the first place, including their numerous lies to detectives, his mistress Amber Frey and the press.

Among them was a photo of Laci Peterson smiling as she prayed for her husband a few days after her disappearance — but many of the photos tied directly to his alibi of being on a boat trip on San Francisco Bay the day his wife disappeared.

Scott and Laci Peterson's split

Scott Peterson is serving a life sentence for murdering his wife, Lacey. (REUTERS/Lou DeMatteis LD/MR, California Department of Corrections)

Police dogs reportedly picked up her scent at a boat launch in Berkeley, and her hair was recovered from a pair of needle-nose pliers recovered from his boat. Autopsy results also suggested her body had been weighted down on the ocean floor before being dismembered and washed up on shore. Prosecutors also presented evidence that Peterson had constructed several homemade anchors out of concrete and rebar.

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Peterson appeared remotely in court in Redwood City, California. California He was booked into Mule Creek State Prison on Wednesday and is serving a life sentence.

He is due to appear in court again in July.

Fox News’ Michael Lewis contributed to this report.

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