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« Reply #150 on: May 20th, 2005, 11:19pm »

By GARTH STAPLEY
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The Modesto home where Scott Peterson likely killed his pregnant wife is being sold for more than the asking price of $379,996, Realtor Mary Prieto said Thursday, nine days after it went on the market.
Prieto declined to name the amount, the buyers, their hometown or whether they intend to live in the three-bedroom, two-bath "cottage-bungalow" at 523 Covena Ave.

Much of that information will become public when the sale is recorded after the purchase is final. Prieto declined to disclose when that might happen.

The buyers "loved the neighborhood," Prieto said. "They were very pleased with the charm the house has to offer."

Its garage was converted into a living room and Scott and Laci Peterson did more remodeling and installed a below-ground swimming pool. They bought the home in October 2000 for $177,000 — less than half the price it fetched Thursday.

Prieto represents Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson's mother and executor of her estate; as well as Scott Peterson's parents, Lee and Jackie. Both sides agreed to the offer Thursday, said Prieto, an agent with Prudential California.

Authorities say Scott Peterson smothered or strangled his eight-months-pregnant wife in the La Loma neighborhood home on or just before Christmas Eve 2002. He was sentenced to death nearly two years later.

His property rights evaporated with the conviction, but his parents might have a claim because they loaned him money to help fund his defense, and the loan was secured by the house.

Rocha's attorney has said the parties haven't agreed how to divide sale proceeds.

Prieto said the buyers are well aware that the house might have been the scene of Modesto's most notorious murders. They were "very, very pleased upon viewing the home," Prieto said.

Prudential never put a for-sale sign in the yard, relying instead on ample publicity. Looky-loos hoping to tour the property were screened out, said Prieto, who refused similar requests from reporters.

Prieto said she will continue accepting back-up offers until escrow closes.
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xx Laci Peterson's mother planning to write book abou
« Reply #151 on: Jun 7th, 2005, 12:49pm »

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Laci Peterson's mother plans to write a book about her daughter scheduled to be released later this year.

Sharon Rocha's book, titled "For Laci," was listed Monday on the Web site of Crown Publishing, a division of Random House Inc. According to the company, the book is scheduled to be released in December and will cost $25.95.

Ron Grantski, Laci Peterson's stepfather, told the Modesto Bee that he would help Rocha, his longtime companion, write the book.

"A lot of truths haven't been told, and I kind of think they should be," he said. "Everyone has written little bits and pieces. This story is going to be a good one."
Laci Peterson's husband, Scott, was sentenced to death for killing her and the fetus she carried.

Among the other people to write about the case are Amber Frey, who had an affair with Scott Peterson and later testified for the prosecution in his trial, and Peterson's half-sister, Anne Bird.

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« Reply #152 on: Jun 15th, 2005, 07:06am »

MODESTO — A Stanislaus County judge says a wrongful death lawsuit against Scott Peterson will go to trial next spring.
Sharon Rocha, Laci Petersons mother, filed the suit in December 2003, nearly a year after her daughters disappearance. Her ex-husband, Dennis Rocha, joined the suit in March, after Peterson was sentenced to death for murdering his wife, Laci Peterson, and the fetus she carried. The Rochas are seeking $25 million.

Adam Stewart, who represents Sharon Rocha, said a trial would revolve around damages, rather than guilt or innocence.

Petersons criminal conviction will be appealed to the California Supreme Court, an automatic move in death-penalty cases. His attorneys have repeatedly said their client has no plan to sell his story.

far, the Peterson case has prompted five books and two made-for-TV movies. Sharon Rocha is writing For Laci, which has a December release date, according to Crown Publishing Group.
Stewart said the Peterson and Rocha families have not decided how to divide the profits from the couples home, which recently sold for more than its $379,996 asking price.

A March 20 settlement conference was scheduled in the wrongful death suit. Trial is set for April 4.
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« Reply #153 on: Jul 30th, 2005, 6:31pm »

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Modesto, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Scott Peterson is refusing to give up his claim on a $250,000 insurance policy on Laci, despite being convicted for killing her and their unborn child Conner. Peterson is fighting California law which prohibits people who kill their spouses from claiming insurance payouts.
As a result, attorneys for Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, filed paperwork Tuesday with the Stanislaus County Superior Court to turn over the money from the insurance policy.

Adam Stewart, Rocha's attorney, told the Modesto Bee newspaper, "You can't murder or slay your spouse and then say, 'Hey, I want the life insurance.'"

The Petersons took out the life insurance policy on June 25, 2001, about 18 months prior to Laci's disappearance and death.

The Principal Life Insurance Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, made a deposit with the court system more than a year ago of $256,429, the value of the policy plus interest.

Peterson defense attorney Pat Harris filed papers with the courts last year agreeing that proceeds from the policy should be used to pay for Laci Peterson's estate, which Rocha administers. However, he says Scott Peterson doesn't want to relinquish his rights to the insurance policy because he is appealing his conviction on the double murders.

Peterson was found guilty by a jury in November and sentenced to the death penalty in March.

Judge Roger Beauchesne will hold a hearing on the insurance dispute in September.

The Peterson case has prompted a number of states to enact unborn victims laws protecting pregnant women and authorizing prosecutors to charge criminals who attack them and kill or injure their unborn children with two crimes.

Abortion advocates oppose laws protecting pregnant women because they oppose making the unborn child a second victim in statute and claim that such laws will curtail legal abortion.

President Bush signed a federal unborn victims law last year.

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« Reply #154 on: Sep 29th, 2005, 07:27am »

By SUSAN HERENDEEN
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A judge on Tuesday delayed a ruling in a case involving Sharon Rocha's claim to $250,000 from her daughter Laci Peterson's life insurance, saying her attorney had not provided enough information.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Roger Beauchesne said Rocha's attorney, Adam Stewart of Modesto, needs to add a copy of the judgement against Scott Peterson to the legal pleadings.

"I know what I've read in the paper and seen in the news media, but I can't take judicial notice of that," Beauchesne said.

Stewart said Scott Peterson's double-murder conviction and death sentence are self-evident, but he indicated that he would comply with the court rules.

"I don't think there's a genuine doubt that there was a conviction of murder and that Mr. Peterson is in San Quentin State Prison," Stewart said.

A jury in Redwood City on Nov. 12 found Scott Peterson guilty of killing his wife and their unborn son. On Dec. 13, the jury said he should die by lethal injection. He was sentenced March 16.

Under state law, people who kill their spouses give up their inheritance rights. But Scott Peterson maintains his innocence and will not give up his claim to the life insurance proceeds while his case is appealed.

All death penalty cases are automatically reviewed by the California Supreme Court and can proceed to the federal court system if they lose in state court. The process can take decades.

Attorney Lara Yeretsian, from the Geragos & Geragos law firm of Los Angeles, said Rocha must wait for a final judgment in her former son-in-law's case.

"The burden is not on us to establish that there was a felonious and intentional killing," Yeret-sian said. "They don't have anything. They haven't met their burden, and they need to do that."

Stewart, who also represents Rocha in a wrongful death lawsuit against Scott Peterson, said his client should not have to retry the headlinegrabbing case in Modesto to prove her claims.

Principal Life Insurance of Des Moines, Iowa, deposited $256,429 — the value of the policy plus interest — with the court more than a year ago.

The Petersons took out the life insurance policy on June 25, 2001, a year and a half before Laci Peterson's disappearance prompted a massive search throughout Modesto and the depths of San Francisco Bay.

The judge said he would consider the matter again Oct. 21, when the paperwork is in order.

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« Reply #155 on: Nov 11th, 2005, 05:38am »

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A judge ruled Friday that proceeds from a $250,000 life insurance policy Scott Peterson took out on his wife, Laci, will go to her mother instead.
Because Scott Peterson was convicted of killing his pregnant wife, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Roger Beauchesne said he is not entitled to collect the benefits of her life insurance policy. Under state law, criminals cannot profit from their crimes.

The judge said the money should go to the executor of Laci Peterson's estate, her mother, Sharon Rocha.

Neither Rocha, who had petitioned the court, nor Scott Peterson's attorney could be reached for comment Friday.

Scott Peterson was sentenced to death earlier this year for killing his wife and their unborn son. Their bodies were found on the shore of San Francisco Bay months after her December 2002 disappearance.

A $25 million wrongful death lawsuit filed against Scott Peterson by Laci Peterson's family is set for trial in April.

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« Reply #156 on: Dec 19th, 2005, 12:57pm »

MODESTO, Calif. - Laci Peterson's mother was awarded the proceeds from her slain daughter's life insurance policy after a lengthy court dispute with the convicted killer.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Roger Beauchesne on Friday sided with Sharon Rocha, awarding her the proceeds from the $250,000 policy.
He had previously awarded Rocha the funds in October, but set aside his ruling after Scott Peterson's attorneys sought more time to argue their case.
On Friday, Peterson's attorney, Pat Harris, claimed the insurance proceeds should not be transferred while his client's death penalty case is on appeal.
Peterson was convicted in the Christmas Eve, 2002, killings of his pregnant wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried. He maintains his innocence.
"We will submit to the court that a full-blown trial isn't necessary, but there has to be some evidence" of guilt, Harris told the judge.
California law states that people who kill their spouses forfeit their inheritance rights. Death penalty cases are automatically reviewed by the California Supreme Court in a process that can take decades.
Rocha's attorney, Adam Stewart, argued that Rocha shouldn't have to wait.
"We have a felony conviction," Stewart said. "That is evidence the court can look at."
The Petersons had taken out life insurance policies on each other on June 25, 2001. A year and a half later, Laci Peterson disappeared, leading to a massive search that ended when her body was found in San Francisco Bay.
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« Reply #157 on: Dec 24th, 2005, 8:27pm »

Thinking of Laci on the anniversary of her death. Rest in peace sweet lady. You are fondly remembered.

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xx Laci Peterson's Mother Writes Book About Daughter,
« Reply #158 on: Dec 30th, 2005, 11:30pm »

by Steven Ertelt
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Modesto, CA (LifeNews.com) -- Laci Peterson's mother Sharon Rocha has written a book about the deaths of her daughter and unborn grandson Conner and the trial of Scott Peterson that followed. Rocha calls the ordeal a "nightmare" that hasn't ended even though the two died three years ago.
Rocha's book, entitled, "For Laci" will be released Saturday by Crown Publishing, a division of Random House Inc. The book's subtitle is "A Mother's Story of Love, Loss and Justice."

"You wake up from most nightmares and they're over," Rocha writes in the opening line of the book, according to the Modest Bee newspaper, which obtained an advance copy. "Mine was different."

Rocha writes that she hopes Laci is "remembered for her life, not her death."

"In the hours, days, and, eventually, months that followed, Sharon struggled to avoid accepting what no parent should ever have to face: the certain knowledge that her child is never coming home," according to the publisher's promotional material.

"In For Laci, for the first time, Sharon tells us what it was like to live through the long nightmare and opens our hearts to the Laci she loved," the promotional said.

The publisher says Rocha goes far beyond her previous interviews with the media to tell more revealing details about Laci's disappearance, the murder, her conversations with Scott and his mistress Amber Frey as well as her dealings with police and other officials.

In losing Laci, Rocha says she lost a daughter with "her beautiful smile, her contagious giggle, her happy heart, her love of life, her great expectations of becoming a mother, her generous soul, her knowing how much I love her, and my knowing how much she loves me."

After Laci and Conner's death, Rocha actively campaign for laws in Congress and around the nation to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from act of violence.

Though it drew strong opposition from pro-abortion groups, Congress approved the measure to protect pregnant woman like Laci and President Bush signed it into law in 2004.

Scott Peterson is in prison on death row at San Quentin and his family recently hired the attorneys for the Menendez brothers to oversee Scott's appeal of his conviction in the deaths of Laci and Conner.

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« Reply #159 on: Jan 7th, 2006, 9:12pm »

January 6, 2006 10:01 p.m. EST


Tera Hodges - All Headline News Staff Writer

(AHN) Sharon Rocha, mother of Laci Peterson, recently sat down with NBC anchor Katie Couric, for her first in-depth television interview in more than a year.

In her interview, Rocha shared with Couric a new book she has written titled, "For Laci: A Mother's Story of Love, Loss and Justice."

Among many other issues detailed in the book, Rocha writes about how she came to suspect her son-in-law, Scott Peterson, of murdering her daughter and grandson.

According to Rocha, the tragedy not only prompted her to write the book, but also to become an advocate of "Laci and Conner's" law.

The interview is scheduled to be broadcast Sunday at 7 p.m. on "Dateline NBC."

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xx Scott Peterson Applauds Sharon Rocha Over Her New
« Reply #160 on: Jan 11th, 2006, 11:54am »

Scott Peterson is speaking out from his San Quentin jail cell about a new book written by his former mother-in-law.

Peterson praises Sharon Rocha on a Web site run by an anti-death penalty group.

He said Rocha deserves applause for not trying to make money off the case.

Peterson said, "If a ruman I heard is correct, my mother-in-law deserves applause. The ruman is that all the profits from her forthcoming book will be given to an education charity. If the rumor is true.. what a wonderful act."

Peterson sits on death row for killing his wife Laci and their unborn child Connor.

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« Reply #161 on: Mar 30th, 2006, 1:32pm »

MODESTO — After countless man-hours and lots of money putting Scott Peterson on death row, Stanislaus County and the city of Modesto are finally getting some financial help from that case.

On Tuesday, State Controller Steve Westly handed County Auditor Larry Haugh a check for $1.2 million dollars. The money is a state reimbursement for costs incurred during the six month Scott Peterson murder trial. The city and county had asked for more than $3 million dollars. “We have 270 officers, in essence at times probably a third or more of the department, was working on this investigation,” said Modesto Police Chief Roy Wasden.

Controller Westly says there’s a reimbursement formula for city and county governments, but they don’t usually kick in this much money. He said Stanislaus got such a large amount because the Peterson trial put unprecedented burdens on the police and courts. Even then, it took a number of legislative bills to get final approval for the payment. “We used three separate Senate bills, a couple of Assembly bills, put language into two different budgets under two different governors,” said State Senator Jeff Denham.

Laci’s mother, Sharon Rocha says the whole process, on top of everything she went through, is personally overwhelming. “Going through it yourself you realize you don’t have a clue what they’re really going through. It’s beyond what you can even imagine.”

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« Reply #162 on: May 4th, 2006, 5:25pm »

Thinking of Laci on her birthday. Rest peacefully, you are always remembered.

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« Reply #163 on: Dec 24th, 2006, 1:07pm »

MODESTO – A fund started from the proceeds of a book about Laci Peterson has helped train and equip teams searching for people's lost loved ones.
The Laci and Conner Search and Rescue Fund was established last year by Sharon Rocha, the mother of the slain pregnant woman and author of the national best-selling book, “For Laci.”

The bodies of Laci Peterson and her eight-month-old fetus were found in the San Francisco Bay after she disappeared Christmas Eve 2002.
Her husband, Scott Peterson, was convicted in November 2004 of killing her and the fetus she carried. He is on death row in San Quentin State Prison, where he maintains his innocence.

Rocha said she identifies with families' desperation during high-profile searches.

“I know how they're feeling,” she said. “The anticipation, the waiting, not knowing, wondering, 'Where could they be? Why can't they find them?'”

The fund awarded $76,000 to 19 search-and-rescue organizations, buying specialized scuba gear for the Calaveras County Sheriff's dive unit and outfitting a pair of Mariposa County Sheriff's Department vehicles for use in mud and snow.

“We're very indebted to Sharon,” said Joyce Wilson of Superstition Mountain Search and Rescue in Apache Junction, Ariz.

The 30-member search team received medical training that proved useful in several rescues in the summer and fall, Wilson said.

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