Scott Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci in 2005, will not face a new death sentence in the case.
According to The New York Post, The Stanislaus District Attorney’s office announced on Friday May 28, that it would halt its efforts to seek a new death penalty against Peterson after consulting with Laci’s family.
Laci Peterson was 27 years old, and eight months pregnant with her son, Conner, when she disappeared on Christmas Eve in 2002. Scott Peterson was convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of Laci, and second-degree murder for the murder of Conner.
According to People Magazine, The California Supreme Court previously had his death penalty sentence overturned, and ordered a new sentencing trial for him. The court decision does not overturn the murder conviction.
“The People have met and discussed with the victims’ family what a new penalty trial would involve, pursuant to their rights under Marsy’s Law,” the court documents read, according to People Magazine, “While the family of Laci and Conner believe there is no doubt that the defendant is guilty of these crimes and that his conduct warrants the death penalty of these crimes and defendant is deserving of the punishment of death, the family has decided this process is simply too painful to endure again.”
A judge is now expected to rule on whether or not Peterson will receive a new trial on the charges following the Supreme Court’s reversal of his death sentence. The reversal came after issues with the jury selection.