A Stanislaus County Superior Court judge is ordering Scott Peterson to stand trial on two counts of first-degree murder for the death of his wife Laci Peterson and her unborn son. The charges that could bring the death penalty.
Judge Al Girolami says prosecutors presented enough evidence over 11 days of testimony to show probable cause that Peterson killed his pregnant wife and dumped her body in San Francisco Bay.
He set an arraignment for December 3 in Modesto. Prosecutors presented a loose-knit web of circumstantial evidence that pointed toward Peterson from the moment he phoned his in-laws after returning home from an impromptu fishing trip.
The defense says police suffered from tunnel vision once they locked their focus on Peterson. But Peterson drew attention from the time he called his mother-in-law, Sharon Rocha, on Christmas Eve and said his wife was missing.