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Testimony ends in 5-month-oldPeterson trial

Jurors in the Scott Peterson murder trial were sent home Wednesday and told to come back Monday for closing arguments in the sensational 5-month-old case.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Jurors in the Scott Peterson murder trial were sent home Wednesday with orders to return Monday for closing arguments after prosecutors and defense attorneys decided against calling additional witnesses.

Prosecutors had said they planned to call eight witnesses after Peterson’s lawyers ended their case Tuesday. But when jurors returned Wednesday afternoon, Judge Alfred A. Delucchi said both sides had decided against having additional testimony in the five-month-long case.

“You’ll be glad to know the attorneys got together and stipulated to all testimony this afternoon,” he told jurors.

Instead, Delucchi read four statements into the record; both sides agreed to the statements. They dealt with testimony regarding concrete work being done at the home of the Petersons’ neighbor, an e-mail recovered from the couple’s computer, a store receipt and a printout regarding San Francisco Bay from Scott Peterson’s computer.

It was not immediately clear how the information figured into the case.

Peterson is charged with murdering his pregnant wife on or around Christmas Eve 2002 and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay. His attorneys claim someone else killed her and framed their client.

Delucchi told jurors they would get the case Nov. 3.