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Peterson Pleads Not Guilty

Scott Peterson pleaded innocent to charges of murdering his wife and their unborn son today — nearly a year after her disappearance played out on a national stage.

If he´s convicted, the 31-year-old Peterson could face the death penalty for the deaths of Laci Peterson and the couple´s unborn child.

The judge was expected to set a trial date and schedule hearings for Peterson´s defense attorneys to challenge wiretaps and the use of devices that tracked Peterson. His attorneys are also challenging the use of cadaver-sniffing dogs used to search for Laci Peterson´s scent in the boat her husband said he took fishing the day she vanished.

The defense says it will also ask to move the trial out of Stanislaus County because of extensive news coverage.

Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant with the couple´s first child when she was reported missing last Christmas Eve when her husband returned from a purported fishing trip at the Berkeley Marina. Her remains and her fetus washed ashore a couple miles away in April.