Richelle Nice broke down when the verdict finding Scott guilty of his pregnant wife Laci’s murder had been read.
“I was trembling like crazy, the tears wouldn’t stop…. [Thinking] today Scott’s life will be forever altered.”
— thanks to the actions of a juror who reached out to him in prison
She was Juror No. 7, nicknamed Strawberry Shortcake through the blockbuster trial due to her bright red hair. For seven months in 2004, Richelle Nice and other jurors sat in a court and listened to every gruesome detail about that Dreadful murder of Scott Peterson’s pregnant wife, Laci. They looked at graphic photos of this deceased Modesto, Calif., substitute teacher and her unborn son, Conner, whose bodies had been found washed up on the coast of San Francisco Bay nearly four weeks after Laci disappeared on Christmas Eve in 2002.
In the end, Richelle was a part of the unanimous decision to find him accountable. Haunted from the harrowing encounter, she later had a nervous breakdown and was admitted to a psychiatric ward. Finally, in a shocking turn, she began writing letters to the murderer, who at that time was on Death Row in California’s San Quentin State Prison.
“If someone had told me during the trial that I’d be composing Scott, I’d have said,’Are you out of your mind?'” Richelle admitted in 2006. “I know a great deal of people are not going to know.” And now, 16 years after the unspeakable offense, she could be why Scott is set free.
On Oct. 14, the California Supreme Court ruled that Richelle”committed prejudicial misconduct by not disclosing her prior involvement with other legal proceeding, including but not restricted to being the victim of a crime” (While pregnant, she had filed a restraining order against her husband’s exgirlfriend; Scott’s lawyers had contended that Richelle”disclosed an obsessive interest in the passing of [his] unborn child” in her letters.) The court also ordered the San Mateo County Superior Court to decide if Scott, 48, should be given a new trial. The unbelievable ruling comes a few weeks after the exact same court overturned Scott’s death penalty conviction and represents a major success for the former fertilizer salesman. “Our family is grateful for the court’s judgment