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Judge Sets April Date For Lawsuit Against Scott Peterson

Modesto, CA — A wrongful death suit against Scott Peterson is a step closer in going to trial.

A Stanislaus County judge ruled that the suit filed by Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson´s mother, will begin in April.

Rocha filed the suit in December 2003, nearly a year after her daughter´s disappearance.

Her ex-husband, Dennis Rocha, joined the suit in March, after Peterson was sentenced to death for murdering his wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried.

The Rochas are seeking $25 million.

Peterson has few assets, but the lawyer representing Sharon Rocha says she wants to make sure he doesn´t get to keep any money he shared with his wife.

Meanwhile, Peterson´s criminal conviction will be appealed to the California Supreme Court, an automatic move in death-penalty cases.