4:45 p.m., PDT: REDWOOD CITY - Scott Peterson showed no interest in possible sightings of his pregnant wife the day after she vanished, saying, “That wasn’t Laci,” a witness testified at his murder trial this afternoon.
Susan Aquino, Laci Peterson’s aunt, said she was “excited that somebody had seen” the missing woman after police officers gave the potentially good news to Scott Peterson about noon Christmas 2002, during a massive search. But he immediately ignored the report, saying, “She doesn’t go that way,” Aquino testified.
The officers said two people reported seeing the 27-year-old substitute teacher on a footbridge. Aquino didn’t specify the location.
There are two footbridges over Dry Creek in Moose Park a few hundred feet east of La Loma Avenue, about two-thirds of a mile from the Petersons’ Covena Avenue home.
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Defense attorney Mark Geragos did not cross-examine Aquino at length, apparently content that he didn’t have to after she confused Christmas Eve with Christmas.
Scott Peterson, 31, faces the death penalty if convicted of killing Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner.
Also this afternoon, two women living across the street from the Petersons said he told them he golfed Christmas Eve, the day Laci Peterson was reported missing.
A relative this morning testified that Scott Peterson told him the same thing, the same day, and Laci Peterson’s sister testified earlier this week that Scott Peterson told her he planned to golf that day.
The defendant told police and others he fished alone near the Berkeley Marina. The bodies of mother and son washed ashore less than two miles away in mid-April 2003.
The neighbors, Amie Krigbaum and Terra Venable, also said they awakened about 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve to a dog barking in the neighborhood and it sounded like the Peterson’s golden retriever, McKenzie.
The defense theory suggests the dog barked when Laci Peterson was snatched by someone other than her husband.