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| Modesto police say they feared Scott Peterson
was preparing to flee to Mexico when they
arrested him on Friday.
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Peterson was arrested by plainclothes police in San Diego before noon. The arrest was
made hours before DNA results were revealed showing that his wife and unborn son
were the bodies that washed up on the shores of the San Francisco Bay this week.
Attorney General Bill Lockyer says Modesto police and state agents used wire taps on phones
and radio transponders on vehicles to keep track of Peterson. He says that Peterson
indicated moments before his arrest that he discovered he was under police surveillance.
Modesto Police Chief Roy Wasden says authorities obtained an arrest warrant yesterday.
Wasden wouldn't discuss possible motives for the alleged murder, but said he believed
the slaying took place in Modesto. Peterson is expected to be arraigned early
next week on a capital murder charge. ITEMS FOUND IN CAR
Scott Peterson was arrested Friday morning in the slayings of his wife, Laci, and their
son, Conner. Several hours after his arrest in La Jolla, state Attorney General
Bill Lockyer announced that DNA tests had positively identified the two bodies found
earlier this week along San Francisco Bay as those of Laci and Conner Peterson.
Just before midnight Friday, Modesto police detectives arrived at the Stanislaus County
Jail with Peterson, after driving him here from San Diego County.
Police had blocked off the street, and a crowd of about 200 waited outside
the downtown jail. Many of them cheered as the police convoy drove up.
His arrest came nearly four months after his wife, 27 years old and eight months
pregnant, disappeared from the couple's home in the La Loma neighborhood,
setting off a media frenzy that captivated the nation.
Police Chief Roy Wasden, speaking at police headquarters Friday, would
not discuss details of the investigation. He said there are no other suspects.
District Attorney Jim Brazelton said Peterson, 30, will be charged with two counts of murder,
making it a capital case. Brazelton said he had not decided whether he will seek the death
penalty. Peterson's arraignment in Superior Court is likely to take place Monday or Tuesday.
His wife was reported missing Christmas Eve. He said he had gone fishing, alone, and
she was gone when he came home. Police searched his house twice, and seized his
pickup and boat, but they never named him a suspect. Nor did they rule him out.
The arrest came at 11:10 a.m. Friday, even before police had received results of DNA tests that identified Peterson's wife and son as the woman and "full-term male child" whose bodies came ashore near Richmond."We've really tried for, hoped for, prayed for a different outcome than the one that has
occurred," Wasden said. "While it's happy to have a conclusion, it's truly sad to have that conclusion."
The state lab made its determinations on the identifications shortly after
5 p.m. Friday. Agents with the state Department of Justice arrested
Peterson earlier because law enforcement officials feared he might flee.
Lockyer, appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live," said officers had been following
Peterson for a number of days -- and saw that "he was in San Diego, near the border."
Arrested near golf course
Agents arrested Peterson after pulling him over in a Mercedes-Benz that he was
driving near Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. Authorities declined to comment
on the evidence against Peterson, but Lockyer offered his opinion on its totality.
"This is a compellingly strong case," he said. "I would call
the odds slam-dunk that he is going to be convicted."
Peterson's attorney, Kirk McAllister of Modesto, could not be reached for comment.
Peterson's family, many of whom live in the San Diego area, also could not be reached.
Members of Laci Peterson's family asked for privacy and announced that they would
make a public statement at 4 p.m. Monday.
Wasden and Lockyer held back-to-back news conferences Friday evening. Lockyer went first, at the
state DNA lab in Richmond where technicians worked with bones and muscle tissue from the bodies
that washed ashore, DNA samples from Laci Peterson's parents and a blood sample from Scott.
John Tonkyn, a supervisor at the lab, said it was "more than a billion times likely" that
the woman's body was Peterson's. He gave a similar likelihood that the baby was hers
and her husband's. Then, at Modesto police headquarters, standing before cameras
that sent his words across the country, Wasden announced Peterson's arrest.
Since late January, Peterson had mostly been keeping a low profile. But law
enforcement had been keeping tabs on him. "Wiretaps on phones, tracking
vehicles, all of the technology available," Lockyer said.
The attorney general revealed that police had attached a tracking device
to Peterson's pickup. "We were careful about that information," Lockyer said.
Keeping that information secret was one reason police and prosecutors
worked so hard -- successfully -- to keep all the search warrants sealed.
Peterson told police Dec. 24 that he last saw his wife at about 9:30 that morning, as he left for
the Berkeley Marina and as she prepared to take their dog for a walk at East La Loma Park.
Peterson even provided a time-stamped receipt from the marina's boat launch ramp.
Search teams had worked the marina area, going north to Brooks Island where Peterson
said he went fishing.The bodies washed ashore a mile apart, in south Richmond and at
Point Isabel, not far from Brooks Island. People walking along the shore
came across the bodies, the baby's on Sunday and the woman's on Monday.
Causes of death had not been determined, said Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren
Rupf, whose agency is handling the autopsies. He said the bodies appeared to have
been submerged for "some time."Police believe the killings occurred in Stanislaus
County, Wasden said, but he would not go into detail.
Asked about a possible change of venue, Brazelton responded: "Where are
you going to go to find somebody that hasn't heard about this case?"
At the outset, the nation saw Laci's and Scott's families united, attending
news conferences together, pleading for the public's help in finding Peterson.
Then came a split, brought by the revelation of Scott Peterson's affair. Laci's family
said he had denied an affair previously. But on Jan. 24, Amber Frey came forward to say
that she had met Peterson on Nov. 20 and they had a romantic relationship. The
Fresno-area woman said he had told her that he was not married.
Acknowledging the affair
Within a week, Peterson went on national television to acknowledge the affair and
call it "inappropriate." "It was not a positive, obviously but it was not something that
we weren't dealing with," he told ABC's "Good Morning America."
He said he had told his wife about the affair and that she had made peace
with it. "It wasn't anything that would break us apart."
The affair turned Laci Peterson's family against the son-in-law they had supported
earlier. More strain came when he traded in his wife's Land Rover for a new truck.
They begged him to cooperate with police, who had labeled him "uncooperative."
Peterson launched his own search effort, separate from the one organized by his
wife's family. At one point, as searchers looked in San Francisco Bay and around
Modesto, Peterson showed up in Los Angeles to distribute fliers at a hotel.
His own family stood behind him, with his mother, Jackie Peterson, the most vocal.
She suggested that police had only one theory, that her son was guilty.
After Laci Peterson's due date came in mid-February, Jackie Peterson repeated her
assertion that her daughter-in-law had been kidnapped by someone who wanted her baby.
Friday, calls and knocks at the door went unanswered at the
Peterson home in Solana Beach, north of San Diego.
"This is a tragedy that is affecting many lives," Wasden said. "Lee and Jackie Peterson
are Scott's parents, and they'll have to deal with that. They wanted to believe in
their son, and they chose to do that. We went through with our investigation."
Peterson had kept mostly out of sight since his interviews with ABC and other news
outlets in late January. In February, though, he spoke with MSNBC, saying that
he missed his wife and the child she was to bear.
"I can't drive. I can't sleep," he said then. "Sometimes I feel I just can't
do it. I feel like I'm in a dark corner and I just can't function."
From: STARRY1ST Apr-18, 2003
I've always hoped I would be able to write those words. Scott's been arrested! Hooray!
From: Airplane (AIRPLAIN) Apr-18, 2003
This is the best news I've heard in a good long while.
From: Misty (MISTYYY) Apr-18, 2003
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scott Peterson is now in jail -- he is thinking, wow, maybe
I wasn't so smart after all. Mommy, where are you? Let him rot!
From: STARRY1ST Apr-18, 2003
I like that. Sounds so phonetically correct. Can't wait for the pressie at 9 PM EDT.
Maybe we'll learn the exact charges. I am so happy for the Rocha's, as much as this
turn of events can make one happy. I think I heard Laci's mother saying that she was
sure that Scott murdered Laci and how glad she was that now he is going to pay
for this crime. What a pitiful loss to the world. Not Snott, of course, but Laci's death
and little Conner's. I hope they're looking down at California and are together
and are happy that they will get Justice after all.
From: Airplane (AIRPLAIN) Apr-18, 2003
Laci's death is a loss to the world. She was a lovely lady who wanted to be a wife
and a mom and do a good job of both. There are men who would be thrilled
out of their cotton bloomin' minds to have a wife like Laci. Not Scott.
I'm hoping we'll learn tonight what the exact charges are.
From: JUDYW10 Apr-18, 2003
Scott was charged with capital murder. Later the DA said, special circumstances,
which could mean the death penalty. They didn't comment on that.
According to LE at the pc, he will be arraigned Monday or possibly Tuesday.
Then there are 10 days before the preliminary hearing, to decide if LE has a case.
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