New evidence puts Peterson case on hold
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Scott Peterson's trial is on hold until early next week so the defense can investigate recently discovered evidence that his attorney says might clear the former fertilizer salesman of killing his pregnant wife, Laci.
Judge Alfred A. Delucchi announced the delay after meeting with defense and prosecution lawyers in his chambers Thursday morning. He did not give any details about the evidence.
Outside court, Peterson attorney Mark Geragos said the evidence is "potentially exculpatory" and was "reluctantly" turned over by the prosecution.
A telephone message left for prosecutors was not immediately returned.
"It's something that would point toward innocence," said former prosecutor Chuck Smith, who is attending the trial. "How strongly, who knows?"
The trial is expected to resume Tuesday.
Prosecutors allege Peterson killed his wife in their Modesto home on or around Dec. 24, 2002, then dumped her body in San Francisco Bay.
The remains of Laci Peterson and the couple's fetus washed ashore in April 2003.