Prosecutors in the Scott Peterson murder trial are expected to wrap up their case this week. The judge told jurors that after 18 weeks the prosecution intended closing their case on Thursday. This meant that Modesto Police Detective Craig Grogan returns to the stand for further cross-examination by defense attorney Mark Geragos.
Grogan has spent a week trying to convince jurors that Scott Peterson is the only one who could have done it. This ties in with one defense strategy which says police latched onto Scott Peterson far too quickly and prejudiced their investigation into other suspects.
Another defense strategy adopted by Geragos is highlighting the fact that there is no murder weapon, no crime scene, cause of death nor direct witnesses. The whole case is based on circumstantial evidence.
In addition Grogan has conceded that Scott Peterson has no prior criminal record and never lifted a hand to Laci before she went missing in Christmas 2002.
Scott Peterson told the police that Laci was mopping the floor and planning to walk the dog when he left her. When the body was found she was not dressed as Peterson described her. Of course this is in his favour because if she changed after he saw her this would mean she was alive after he left. Either he is very clever or this is another brick of doubt to be piled on the wall.
One interesting feature of this trial is the charge. Scott Peterson is being charged for the murder of both Laci and the unborn child. This is as a result of the Unborn Victims of Violence Law signed into force by President Bush in March 2002.
Sharon Rocha, mother of Laci, has been an outspoken advocate of the law which brings accountability for acts committed against an unborn fetus where none existed prior thereto.
A certain Senator Kerry took time off to dash home and oppose the bill, which is a case of putting his chin in where it doesn't belong. He was swift and he was off course, as usual.
This law now allows attackers to be charged with two crimes where a pregnant woman is attacked. If you read the charge sheet, the two murders are tackled completely seperately.
Thursday is going to be a very interesting crossroad in the trial. If the prosecution does close, we should be able to see which way Geragos is going with his defense strategy.
In closing if I might just make mention my article - see article section -on "Scott Peterson's Insanity Plea".