4:44 p.m., PDT: REDWOOD CITY - Scott Peterson produced a receipt from a Berkeley Marina boat ramp because a Modesto policeman asked, not because he was eager to establish an alibi, the officer conceded this afternoon.
The testimony reversed what Detective Jon Evers said this morning at Peterson’s double-murder trial, when he talked about Peterson fetching the receipt from an ashtray in his Ford F-150 pickup the night his pregnant wife, Laci, vanished.
Prosecutors contend Scott Peterson killed her on or before Christmas Eve 2002. His defense team says someone else kidnapped her.
Peterson told police he fished alone that day after launching a boat at the marina, then returned to an empty house.
Evers, a patrol officer when he responded to the missing-person report, this afternoon initially stuck to his account that Peterson volunteered the ramp receipt. But defense attorney Mark Geragos forced Evers to acknowledge that he had testified differently at Peterson’s fall preliminary hearing.
At the hearing, Evers clearly said Peterson produced the receipt after Evers asked if he had proof that he had been fishing that day.
Evers and three other officers have said Peterson was cooperative in chaotic moments as a search began. Their descriptions stand in contrast to descriptions by Laci Peterson’s family members last week of Peterson as aloof and lacking emotion.
Also this afternoon, medical assistant Lisa Martin testified regarding Laci Peterson’s prenatal visits to a Modesto obstetrics office where Martin worked. Peterson’s weight went from 119 pounds on July 11, 2002, to 153 pounds Dec. 23 - a few hours before authorities believe she was murdered. Her due date initially was estimated at Feb. 10, 2003, though later measurements indicated a revision to Feb. 16.