Lead investigator in the Scott Peterson trial, Modesto Police Detective, Craig Grogan finally reached the end of his cross-examination by Geragos. Grogan has spent 7 days testifying and was under the cosh from Scott Peterson's attorney Mark Geragos. Peterson is facing a possible death penalty if convicted of the double murder of his wife and unborn son. The prosecution case if not closed by the time you read this, will be there or thereabouts.
The main issue tackled by Geragos was the allegation by Grogan that Peterson had shown little interest in the police investigation. Geragos forced Grogan to concede that Peterson was in almost daily contact with the police.
He then went on to show, using the police's own wiretaps, that in addition Scott Peterson had been in constant contact with Laci's parents as well. This hardly constitutes indifference.
Geragos then turned his attention to another police theory on the killing. They alleged that Laci was putting Scott Peterson under financial pressure, wanting a better house but wanting to stop working after the birth.
Geragos showed that Laci was going to inherit $100k from the sale of her grandmother's house, had already inherited a similar sum in jewellery and had only earned $6 000 in 2002, so the financial turnaround would hardly be drastic.
Of course the police's other theory was the affair with Amber Frey gave rise to Scott Peterson's desire to remove his wife from the picture.
Geragos then drew Grogan's attention to the police's failure to follow up on reported sightings of Laci on the morning of the 24th December. Grogan conceded that at a point they were no longer a priority. This must be coupled with the prosecutor who looked like Laci and believed she had been the target. Again Grogan did not follow up. This must be read with Geragos point on the police turning to Scott far too soon. This eliminated all their other possibilities.
On the plastic bucket used to pour cement for the anchor which the police couldn't find, Geragos put it to Grogan that Peterson would have torn it up and thrown it away.
On Scott's alibi that he had gone fishing on the day Laci disappeared, the police had said it was far too cold. Geragos pointed out that it had not been too cold for Ron Grantski, Laci's stepfather who had done the same thing.
This incident had prompted Lee Peterson, Scott's father, on bumping into Ron to inquire after his catch. This had nearly sparked the parties and resulted in the judge threatening to make families sit at the back.
It's time for the defense to trot out their experts and witnesses. The key issue must be the way Geragos deals with Scott Peterson.