Scott Peterson's parents bring compassion and feistiness to an already colorful tableau.
On Christmas Day, Lee and Jackie Peterson rushed to Modesto to be with the youngest of their seven children as word spread of his wife's disappearance. People close to the family say his parents were devastated at the thought of losing Laci.
When their son was arrested, Lee and Jackie Peterson became stalwart supporters of one of the nation's most notorious murder defendants -- and a crucial part of his uphill public rehabilitation campaign:
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Lee and Jackie Peterson raised their family in San Diego and now live in nearby Solana Beach. They own San Diego Crating & Packing, a Poway shipping company.
Sources say the Petersons are helping to pay for their son's defense, which is expected to run in the millions of dollars.