Two Murder Counts For Scott Peterson

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Two Murder Counts For Scott Peterson

5/27 UPDATE: Peterson called girlfriend while Laci was missing.

TRIBUTE: The program from Laci Peterson's memorial service.

APRIL 21--Scott Peterson was charged today with two counts of premeditated murder in connection with the slaying last December of his wife Laci and the Modesto, California couple's unborn son. The below criminal complaint, filed today in Stanislaus County Superior Court, alleges that Peterson, a 30-year-old former fertilizer salesman, acted "intentionally, deliberately and with premeditation" in killing his pregnant wife. Since the charges include a special circumstances provision, prosecutors could seek the death penalty. According to another court filing, the "location of offense" is listed as the Peterson's Covena Avenue home, which has twice been searched by police, most recently in mid-February. Laci, 27, was eight months pregnant when she was reported missing on Christmas Eve. Earlier this month, both her body and that of the baby washed up on the shore just miles from the spot in San Francisco Bay where Scott Peterson claimed he was fishing when his wife disappeared. (3 pages)