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Peterson Hearing Gets Underway Today

Prosecutors are preparing to lay out their case against Scott Peterson on charges of murdering his wife and their unborn son.

The preliminary hearing in the killing of pregnant substitute teacher Laci Peterson comes nearly a year after she vanished on Christmas Eve from the couple´s Modesto home.

A judge in Stanislaus County Superior Court will determine whether the fertilizer salesman stands trial on charges that could lead to the death penalty. The hearing is expected to offer the first look at evidence amassed by investigators in a mystery that riveted the nation.

Peterson reported his wife missing when he returned home from a solo fishing trip in San Francisco Bay. The decomposed remains of the mother-to-be and her fetus washed ashore nearly four months later.