FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2003
Next witness.
MR. DISTASO: Lee Peterson.
THE CLERK: Please raise your right hand.


LEE ARTHUR PETERSON, called as a witness for and on behalf of the People, having been duly and
regularly sworn, testified as follows:
THE WITNESS: Yes.
THE CLERK: Please have a seat. Put the microphone around your neck.


DIRECT EXAMINATION -MR. DISTASO:
Q. Mr. Peterson, would you state your full name and spell your last name for the record?
A. Lee Arthur Peterson, P-E T E-R-S-O-N.
Q. Sir, the defendant in this case is your son; is that correct?
A. I'm proud to say Scott's my son.
Q. The -- you and your son would -- during the time period let's just say between October and April,
October of 2002 and April of 2003, it was a common practice for your son or the defendant and you
to speak on the phone; is that right?
A. Fairly common.
Q. Okay. And you would -- you would either call his cell phone or he would call yours on the
order of how often? You tell us.
A. Maybe once or twice a week.
Q. Okay. And did you speak to the defendant on December 24th of 2002 by phone?
A. Yes, I did.
Q. Do you remember what time that phone call was?
A. I don't exactly. I think somewhere between noon and 2:00 PM.
Q. During that time, did the defendant ever tell you that he had been fishing at the Berkeley Marina?
A. No.
Q. There's a picture, People's 47, up there in front of you. If you could take a look at it, please.
Do you recognize the defendant's truck in that picture?
A. I recognize the truck.
Q. Okay. Prior to December 24th of 2002, did you -- were you ever told by the defendant or anyone
else that the defendant had purchased a boat?
MR. GERAGOS: Objection. It's compound and hearsay.
THE COURT: Sustained on compound.
MR. DISTASO: Q. Prior to December 24 of 2002, did you have any knowledge from any
source that the defendant owned a boat?
A. No.
Q. So I take it that the boat in that particular picture, People's 47, up until December 24th, you had
never seen that boat before?
A. That's correct.
MR. DISTASO: Nothing further, Your Honor.
THE COURT: Mr. Geragos.
MR. GERAGOS: Thank you.


CROSS-EXAMINATION - MR. GERAGOS:
Q. Good morning.
A. Good morning.
Q. Lee, Scott and you spoke for how long on the 24th?
A. It was pretty brief. I would guess two minutes.
Q. Okay. And had you just -- well, would it be unusual for Scott to have made a purchase and to
not have told you about it?
A. Oh, yeah.
Q. That would be unusual or that would be usual?
A. I'm sorry. Restate the question, please.
Q. Would -- in the past, has Scott made purchases and not spoken to you about them?
A. Yes.
Q. Okay. Can you give me an example?
A. Scott bought a motorcycle when we lived in Morro Bay, and I didn't know about it until
six months later. He had bought a catamaran.
Q. Is a catamaran a boat?
A. Yeah, it's a --
Q. Style of boat?
A. With outriggers and it's very fast and it's something he didn't tell me about. I never saw it. I don't
think I saw it, and then he told me he sold it.
Q. Okay. Any other purchases that you can think of that he's made that he didn't immediately tell you about?
A. Yeah, at least one car. He pulled up in front of our house on a visit with this Ford F150 that's pictured
here, and we had no idea that he had bought a new car.
Q. Okay.
A. It wasn't Scott's nature to call me on every purchase.
Q. Okay. Find anything unusual about the fact that you talked to him for two minutes and he did
not tell you about that purchase of a boat? Is that unusual to you given what -- you've known him
your entire life or his entire life? Is that unusual?
A. No. We talked about our plans that day, each other's plans were for the Christmas holiday.
MR. GERAGOS: Thank you. I have no further questions.


REDIRECT EXAMINATION - MR. DISTASO:
Q. So, Mr. Peterson, how many times did the defendant call you on the 24th?
A. I believe just the one time.
Q. Could it have been more than?
A. I don't think so.
Q. Okay. And you said you talked about what you were going to be -- what you were doing.
Were you talking aboutwhat you were going to be doing on the Christmas Day holiday or what
you were doing that particular day?
A. On Christmas Eve, that day.
MR. DISTASO: Okay. Nothing further, Your Honor.
MR. GERAGOS: No further questions.
THE COURT: You may step down.


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