“I, I was staggered by it. I had no idea it was coming," he says about the guilty verdict. Peterson tells his story as part of a new special, "The Murder of Laci Peterson," per People.
Peterson was conviction on first-and second-degree murder counts after his 27-year-old wife allegedly vanished near their home in Modesto, California on December 24, 2002. Authorities believed he killed Laci and Conner and dumped their bodies in the San Francisco Bay. Four months later, their bodies washed ashore.
The Petersons were seemingly a picture-perfect couple and captivated the nation's attention. As the trial unfolded, details emerged about Peterson's affair with another woman.
“I couldn’t feel my feet on the floor. I couldn’t feel the chair I was sitting in. My vision was even a little blurry,” Peterson says after he was found guilty. Currently on death row in California, he is in the appeals process now.
A rep from the new special tells CrimeOnline that the series is not intended to encourage his innocence. Instead, it's a “fascinating full picture” of the case.
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