10:45 a.m., PDT: REDWOOD CITY - Scott Peterson told some people he fished and others that he golfed on Christmas Eve 2002, the day his pregnant wife was reported missing, prosecutor Rick Distaso told jurors this morning.
Distaso repeatedly attacked Peterson’s fishing alibi in his opening statement in the double-murder trial.
Distaso also said Laci Peterson’s doctor had ordered her to stop walking her dog and to stop exercising because she had been sick and dizzy - she was nearly eight months pregnant when she vanished. That medical advice would discredit her husband’s defense theory - that someone kidnapped her as she walked the family dog.
Scott Peterson, 31, faces the death penalty if convicted of killing his wife and their unborn son, Conner. His attorney is scheduled to give an opening statement, which lawyers use to outline the case for jurors, this afternoon.
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Distaso said Peterson told his wife’s uncle, Harvey Temple, and two of Peterson’s neighbors that he had golfed “all day,” but told police and his wife’s mother he had fished alone in Berkeley.
Also, Peterson initially didn’t respond when an officer asked him what type of fish he hoped to catch, Distaso said. When pressed regarding his equipment, Peterson said he used “a silver lure.”
The defendant’s father, Lee Peterson later said his son was fishing for sturgeon. Fishermen use bait and not artificial lures when attempting to catch sturgeon.
The bodies of mother and son were recovered in April 2003 about two miles from where Scott Peterson said he launched his boat.
As the search for Laci Peterson got under way Christmans Eve, Peterson initially ignored his wife’s mother, Sharon Rocha, as she called out to him, Distaso said. He then responded with clipped one-words answers after she approached, Distaso added.