Scott Peterson: ‘I Had No Idea’ the Guilty Verdict in Laci Peterson Case Was Coming

August 9, 2017 Updated: December 20, 2017

Scott Peterson, the California man who is currently on death row after he was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, in 2002, has spoken out ahead of a new series.

Peterson, 44, was sentenced to death more than 12 years ago in a trial that gained nationwide attention. He issued his first public statement this week as part of the new series, “The Murder of Laci Peterson,” set to air on A&E this month.

“It was just like this amazing, horrible, physical reaction that I had,” Peterson is heard saying in the show promo.

He added: “I couldn’t feel my feet on the floor. I couldn’t feel the chair I was sitting in. My vision was even a little blurry.”

Peterson also recalled experiencing a “weird sensation” as the guilty verdict was handed down to him in November 2004.

“I was staggered by it. I had no idea it was coming,” Peterson said.

Over the years, Peterson has maintained his innocence. In March 2005, he was sentenced to death via lethal injection.

Peterson (left) was convicted in 2005 of murdering his wife Laci (right) when she was 8-months-pregnant with their son Conner (Modesto Police Department)
Peterson (left) was convicted in 2005 of murdering his wife Laci (right) when she was 8-months-pregnant with their son Conner (Modesto Police Department)

In 2002, Laci Peterson, who was at the time eight months pregnant, was reported missing from their home in Modesto, Calif.

An A&E executive told People magazine that the new special isn’t an argument for Scott Peterson’s innocence.

“We really did want to approach it with the true kind of behind the scenes: from the media perspective, the law enforcement perspective [and] from legal and the family perspective,” Senior Vice President of Development and Programming Amy Savitsky said.