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Scott Peterson juror denies bias during 2004 trial

Scott Peterson, Pat Harris
Scott Peterson Juror Misconduct
Scott Peterson
Posted at 4:42 PM, Feb 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-25 19:46:09-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The juror at the heart of convicted murderer Scott Peterson's retrial bid swears she had no animosity toward him until after she heard evidence that he had killed his pregnant wife in a case that grabbed worldwide attention in 2004.

Peterson's lawyers want to prove that Richelle Nice held a secret bias against him that prevented him from getting a fair trial, and that she lied on her jury questionnaire to get there. But she said she didn't consider herself a victim of domestic violence and didn't directly fear for her own unborn child.

Nice helped convict Peterson of murdering Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant.

Friday was the start of a weeklong hearing centered on whether Nice lied about her history with domestic violence to get on the jury so she could vote to convict Peterson.