When Scott Peterson became a suspect in the disappearance and murder of his wife, Laci, her family was shocked.
“It was very, very hard to even begin to suspect him, because in the back of my mind I kept thinking, what if he didn’t have anything to do with it?” says Sharon Rocha, Laci's mother, per People.
She reveals her anguish in the new special "Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson."
Rocha couldn't believe that her son-in-law could be suspected in harming Laci and their unborn son. “I mean, it’s not like this is a total stranger that you might be suspecting,” she says. “This is somebody that’s been a member of your family for several years now, and it’s really, you know, the back and forth and the guilt about feeling this way, and how it may have an effect on the relationship with my daughter if I’m wrong.”
Scott and Laci were married for five years when 27-year-old Laci disappeared suddenly in 2002 from their Modesto, California home. The expectant mother's body washed up in the San Francisco Bay four months later.
“That’s the last person you want to think had anything to do with the disappearance of your daughter — her husband,” explains Rocha. “The person that was a member of your family, somebody that you loved and cared about, and thought he felt the same way about your daughter. And knowing how she felt about him.”
Scott was found guilty and was given the death sentence following a high-profile trial.
He's maintained his innocence and is currently appealing that conviction.
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