Scott Peterson civil trial scheduled to start in May

Scott Peterson's civil court jury trial has been set to begin May 27, a judge decided at a hearing Monday.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Peterson's former in-laws, Sharon Rocha and Dennis Rocha, should last about five weeks.

Peterson was convicted of murdering his wife, Laci, and unborn son, Conner, then dumping her body in San Francisco Bay during a Christmas Eve 2002 fishing trip. Peterson is on death row. The verdicts have been appealed.

Laci Peterson's disappearance from her Modesto home and the subsequent trial of Scott Peterson drew international attention.

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