- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 19, 2003

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) Scott Peterson was arrested yesterday and will be charged with the capital murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, whose bodies washed up on the rocky shore of San Francisco Bay this week, authorities said.
"There are no other suspects in this case," said Stanislaus County District Attorney Jim Brazelton. The death penalty is an option, he said.
Mr. Peterson, 30, was being transported to Modesto for a court appearance next week after his arrest yesterday morning in San Diego, where his parents live. He was arrested because he was considered a flight risk and had recognized that he was under police surveillance, said state Attorney General Bill Lockyer.
The badly decomposed body of Laci Peterson, 27, and the fetus were identified yesterday through a comparison to DNA samples from Mr. Peterson and Mrs. Peterson's parents.
"We're scientifically convinced the match is one in billions," Mr. Lockyer said.
The cause of the deaths has not been determined, said Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren Rupf.
Scott Peterson had not been seen in public since the remains were found in Richmond, 90 miles from the couple's Modesto home. Mr. Peterson had told police he last saw his wife Christmas Eve as he left to go fishing at a Berkeley marina three miles from where the bodies washed ashore.
His attorney, Kirk McAllister, did not immediately return telephone messages yesterday.
An answering service at the hot line set up by the Peterson family said the family "has no comment.
"I don't think they'll be returning calls."
Since his wife's disappearance, Modesto police seized Mr. Peterson's boat, pickup truck and nearly 100 items from the couple's house but had not formally named him as a suspect in his wife's disappearance.
From virtually the moment his wife was reported missing, however, Mr. Peterson's moves and statements have been scrutinized by authorities.
Mr. Peterson traded in his wife's Land Rover for a new pickup truck, considered selling their home and eventually admitted an extramarital affair with a massage therapist while his wife was pregnant.
Shortly after, Mr. Peterson said he'd told his wife about the affair in the days before she vanished.
The affair "was not a positive, obviously … but it was not something that we weren't dealing with," he told ABC's "Good Morning America." "It wasn't anything that would break us apart."
Revelations of the affair turned Laci Peterson's family against the son-in-law they had supported. They begged him to cooperate with Modesto police, who had labeled him "uncooperative."
Mr. Peterson began his own search effort, separate from the one organized by his wife's family and sanctioned by police. At one point, as searchers looked in San Francisco Bay and around Modesto, Mr. Peterson showed up in Los Angeles to distribute fliers to volunteers at a local hotel.
"We simply have to expand the geographical area," he said at the time.



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