Scott Peterson is found guilty of murder, sentenced to death: Part 10

Peterson was found guilty of first and second-degree murder in the case of Laci Peterson and his son, almost two years after his wife disappeared. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection.
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Transcript for Scott Peterson is found guilty of murder, sentenced to death: Part 10
So here we are, at five minutes after the hour of 4:00. We are awaiting this audio feed of this verdict. He's guilty! There were throngs around the courthouse. You had people holding up signs. You had people yelling murderer. It is just a very difficult, tense moment outside of that courthouse for everyone involved. 30 years to life. If there is a conviction in this case -- At this point, the whole world had decided Scott Peterson was guilty. I thought the best result possible in this case would be a hung jury. After a five-month jury trial, 180 witnesses, hundreds of pieces of evidence admitted for the jury to consider, after all that, the jury concluded very quickly. You can look at it one of two either they say the prosecution didn't prove it or, of course, he's the one that did it and we're going to find him guilty. We'll find out in a matter of One of the things about a jury trial is, man, when you're sitting there waiting, your heart is pounding. None of us expected a verdict that Friday. They put me in a holding cell at the courthouse. And, wow, it was like a huge relief that there was a verdict, which I was totally expecting to get to go home that day. It was not like I had a life to go back to, or -- you know, I was going get out of that hell. There were definite butterflies when we got word that there was a verdict. There were hundreds of people outside the courthouse listening to the verdict which was being broadcast from the courtroom. Okay, I'm understanding that the jury is entering the courtroom right now, so -- Mr. Foreperson, it's my understanding that the jury has arrived at a verdict in this case, is that correct? We have, your honor. When you're waiting, it just seems like it takes so long to spit -- just spit it out. The state of California versus Scott Peterson. As the verdict was being read, it was dead silence. We the jury in the above entitled cause find the defendant Scott Lee Peterson guilty of the crime of murder of Laci Denise Peterson. After almost two years, the verdict has been read, and Scott Peterson has been found guilty of first-degree murder. That comes with death penalty or life without parole. Guilty of second-degree murder with regard to his unborn child, baby conner, 15 years to life. The penalty phase according to the judge will start in less than a week. I still hear the voice. I mean the guilty, guilty. I started crying. It was a relief, it was a sigh of relief. We were bawling. It was like I been holding my breath for two years here almost. And, yeah, when I heard the verdict it was just, and all the emotions come out, I mean because, like I said, it's like you've been holding your breath and holding everything in all this time, and then boom, and then okay, it's done, it's done. Whoa. Hugs, tears, in front of me. In the row in front of me, right? The rochas and Laci's friends. As the verdicts are being read and I'm making all these observations around the courtroom, I'm looking at Scott Peterson, too, and I don't see any emotion. I see nothing. I kept hoping one of them would say -- you know, have a second thought and just realize what they were doing. You know, recognize how wrong this was. There was gasps from the defense side, just like -- they couldn't believe it. They absolutely could not believe it. You could see it. They just, they were stunned. When they actually announced the verdict I thought I just didn't hear the word "Not". I thought I just missed it. We were completely shocked. And numb. Just numb. I'm haunted by the verdict all the time. This is what you crave as a lawyer, the opportunity to prove an innocent man innocent. And given that opportunity, I failed. It's over with. Thank god it's over with. I know that millions of people in this country were praying for justice. I think there was justice today with the jury's verdict. Excuse me. And the Peterson family, when they left the courthouse having just heard that their loved one was found guilty, the crowd was jeering them and -- and taunting them. We were kind of a little taken aback by -- that they were going to provide us an escort to walk us to our car, and it kind of made us think, whoa, what's out there? Outside it was like the Roman coliseum. It was obscene. This was a courthouse, and people were cheering and screaming and hugging each other. This is a tragedy all the way around. What are we celebrating here? I just remember in my head thinking, they have no idea. They have no idea. That -- that's the only thing I remember thinking. This trial is not over. There's going to be a penalty phase. A week from Monday, this jury will begin to consider whether or not Scott Peterson lives or dies for the murder of his wife and child. The sentencing was actually the close call. I think many believed there was a real chance for Scott Peterson to get life in prison instead of the death penalty. What convinced you to choose the sentence of death? I played in my mind over and over conspiracy, was somebody trying to set up Scott? Was somebody after Laci? It didn't add up for me. For her to be where she was found and to go through with what seemed to be in the end, to me, a charade, it just wasn't -- it wasn't fair. What a nightmare. It hasn't changed. It's still a nightmare. It should never have happened, hurts too many people for no reason, but justice was served. Disappointed. Obviously we're very disappointed.

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