Killer ‘staggered’ by guilty verdict
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