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SCOTT PETERSON
JURY RECOMMENDED A
DEATH SENTENCE
DECEMBER 13, 2004
DAY OF THE VERDICT
Scott's mother, JACKIE PETERSON,
arrives in the morning for the verdict
7:51 a.m. -Jurors arrive in two vans at the back door of the courthouse.
Many of them appear serious and hurried. If you go by appearance,
today will be verdict day. Juror No. 12 had hair curled and was
wearing a skirt. Juror No. 11 was in a suit, and Juror No. 1, who
typically dresses down, seems to have had his shoes shined and
pants creased. Strawberry Shortcake is wearing four-inch, two-tone
pink heels and a perfectly matching poncho top.
Harriet Ryan
8:00 a.m. The well-dressed jury officially begins the
day's deliberations. A rumor floating around holds
that the jury reached a verdict last week but decided
to sleep on it. That might make sense if the panel
wasn't sequestered in a hotel all weekend away
from family, friends and shopping malls in the
middle of the holiday season.
Bryan Lavietes
9:20 a.m. Prosecutors Rick Distaso,
Dave Harris and Birgit Fladager
arrive in court with their
investigators,
Craig Grogan and
Kevin Bertalotto. The lawyers go
straight into the judge's chambers.
No sign of the defense. The
prosecutors seem relaxed and in
good spirits as they go behind
closed doors.
Harriet Ryan
9:29 a.m. Defense attorneys
Pat Harris and Mark Geragos
stroll into the courtroom
and head straight to
chambers.
Harriet Ryan
9:59 a.m.Stanislaus County
District Attorney James Brazelton arrives at the courthouse.
10:05 a.m. A chair was brought into
Judge Delucchi's chambers before
9:15 this morning. Could that mean
jurors are being called before
the judge one at a time for
questioning?
Harriet Ryan
10:29 a.m. Lawyers exit chambers. Judge Delucchi announces
that the jury has requested certain items of evidence, which
were sent into the jury room "for their perusal." He then says,
"The jury has resumed their deliberations, so let's see
what happens." The lawyers leave court.
Harriet Ryan
10:38 a.m. Pool coordinator Peter Shaplen announces
the majority of exhibits requested are under seal and
not accessible by the media. Among the requested
evidence that is not sealed is a Christmas photo of
a pregnant Laci and some photos of the area where
the bodies washed ashore. Shaplen also released
revised deliberation times for today: The jury
deliberated from 8:00 to 10:05 a.m. before
taking a 20 minute break.
Bryan Lavietes
11:30 a.m. Jurors go to lunch. Reporters are
kicked out of the courtroom so the jury
can eat until "about 1:30."
Harriet Ryan
11:37 a.m. Court TV learns that a verdict has been
reached and will be announced at 1:30 p.m. PT.
11:48 a.m. A line has already formed to get into courtroom.
JUDGE DELUCCHI
RETURNS FROM LUNCH
12:58 p.m. "Keep the aisle clear!" The bailiffs are yelling, so
we must be close to the arrival of the families.
1:24 p.m. The doors to the courtroom open.
Harriet Ryan
1:28 p.m.  Modesto Police chief
Roy Wasden arrives, followed
by the highly anticipated arrival
of
Lee and Jackie Peterson. The
defendant's parents walk down
the stifling, media-thronged hallway
with daughter-in-law
Janey.
They look stunned.
Harriet Ryan
1:44 p.m. Sharon Rocha is sitting, as
she was for the first verdict, between Ron
Grantski and her son, Brent. Amy Rocha is
next to Brent and at her left shoulder
is lead detective Craig Grogan.


Across the aisle are Lee and Jackie Peterson
and their daughter-in-law Janey . There are
a lot of empty seats in the defense section.
Pat Harris and Mark Geragos are leaning
over in Geragos' case, kneeling and
whispering to them.
Harriet Ryan
1:45 p.m. Scott Peterson, wearing a black suit, enters and smiles
at his parents. After he is seated, the jury files into the courtroom.
No jurors look at Scott Peterson on the way into the courtroom.
Juror "Strawberry Shortcake" turns sideways in
her chair, facing Sharon Rocha.
Harriet Ryan
1:48 p.m.: Before a packed courtroom, the verdict is read:
Jury recommends death. The jury is polled.
SCOTT
REACTS TO
GUILTY
VERDICT

NOV 12, 2004
1:52 p.m. The reaction of Sharon Rocha,
crying and gasping slightly, is much different
from the
first verdict, when she was near-
hysterical. As Judge Delucchi thanks the
jury, he seems to be choking up himself.
Scott Peterson remains totally stoic.
1:54 p.m. Defense lawyer Mark Geragos
has his left hand around Scott's
shoulder and they are talking.
In the jury box, Juror No. 9 is crying
hard, and Alternate No. 5 is also
weeping.
Harriet Ryan
Newspapers report
the Verdict
SHARON REACTS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE
GIVEN BY RON GRANTSKI
SHARON, BRENT AND ROSE
LACI'S FAMILY
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