Killer ‘stag­gered’ by guilty ver­dict

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - — Files from The As­so­ci­ated Press — Brad Hunter

Denizens of Cal­i­for­nia’s death row at San Quentin State Prison have been hanged, gassed and died by lethal in­jec­tion.

More than 400 men and women in to­tal.

One of the 165-year-old prison’s most no­to­ri­ous cur­rent guests is wife killer Scott Peter­son.

The 44-year-old finds him­self fac­ing a trip to obliv­ion for the 2002 mur­der of wife Laci and their un­born son, Con­ner.

Peter­son — sub­ject of a new docu-se­ries on A&E called The Mur­der of Laci Peter­son — now tells Peo­ple he was “stag­gered” when the guilty ver­dict was read.

“It was just like this amaz­ing, hor­ri­ble, phys­i­cal re­ac­tion that I had,” he said.

The state’s case against the Modesto, Calif., man was al­most en­tirely cir­cum­stan­tial.

But de­tec­tives be­lieved Peter­son killed his 27-yearold wife and son, and ditched their bod­ies in the ex­pan­sive San Fran­cisco Bay. “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,” the killer said of the sec­onds be­fore the ver­dict.

“And I just had this weird sen­sa­tion that I was fall­ing for­ward — and for­ward and down and there was go­ing to be no end to this fall­ing for­ward and down like there was no floor to land on. I, I was stag­gered by it. I had no idea it was com­ing.”

The Mur­der of Laci Peter­son pre­mieres on Aug. 15.

PETER­SON On death row

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