The next high profile criminal trial is on deck. Attorneys in the Scott Peterson case took less than an hour yesterday to pick 12 jurors and six alternates from a 76-person pool, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Jury selection took 11 weeks. Opening statements are set for Tuesday. Peterson, 31, is accused of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and the fetus she was carrying. If convicted, the fertilizer salesman could be sentenced to death.
Judge Alfred Delucchi granted the defense’s request to present evidence that two people independently spotted a van and suspicious men in the vicinity of Laci Peterson’s home around the time she was reported missing in December 2002. “This is a huge deal,” said Dean Johnson, a former prosecutor turned defense attorney who has been watching the case unfold in Redwood City, Ca.