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7th November 2003
Peterson Denied Affair
On the day he bought the fishing boat that would provide his alibi when his pregnant wife vanished two weeks later, Scott Peterson told his mistress he was a widower planning his first Christmas alone, a police officer testified.
Modesto Detective Allen Brocchini, who launched the Christmas Eve investigation into Laci Peterson's disappearance, said Scott Peterson bought the boat Dec. 9 _ the same day Fresno massage therapist Amber Frey later told the officer that she confronted Peterson about being married.
While Brocchini did not link the two events that happened that day, he provided the pieces of the puzzle prosecutors are assembling to show Peterson was plotting the demise of his wife weeks before he returned from his Dec. 24 fishing excursion and reported her gone.
Brocchini's testimony Thursday, on the sixth day of testimony in the preliminary hearing revealed the details he gathered from the day Peterson claimed he was motoring his 14-foot skiff on San Francisco Bay to the day he was arrested nearly four months later in San Diego with his hair bleached and driving a car he bought using a bogus name.
The man who sold the Mercedes convertible for $3,600 cash, said Peterson identified himself as "Jacqueline Peterson" _ his mother's name.
When asked about the peculiar name, he told the seller it was the name his parents gave him, Brocchini said.
"It was kind of a 'Boy named Sue' thing," he told the seller, Brocchini said, referring to Johnny Cash's hit about a brawling youth bent on killing his father for giving him a girl's name.
In the first hours of the investigation, Peterson denied he was having an affair, Brocchini said. Peterson never told him about Frey.
On Dec. 30, Frey placed one of the hundreds of calls Modesto police received each day in the weeks after Laci Peterson's disappearance became an international news story. Brocchini was watching a clerk type notes from the caller and decided to pick up the phone and handle the call himself.
The detective then drove 90 miles to Fresno to interview Frey, a single mother.
Frey said she met Peterson on Nov. 20 and he said he was single. But she later became suspicious and confronted him about three weeks later because she thought he was married.
"He said he lost his wife, this would be the first holiday he was without his wife," Frey told Brocchini.
Peterson called Frey on Christmas and the following three days, Brocchini said. At some point, he told her he was out of the country and would be able to spend more time with her after Jan. 25.
Frey began taping their phone conversations for police and investigators also tapped Peterson's phones for evidence. Brocchini provided no other details about the extramarital affair that Peterson acknowledged on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" in late January.
Frey may testify later in the hearing that will determine whether the 31-year-old former fertilizer salesman is tried on charges of murdering his 27-year-old wife and unborn son. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The hearing will resume Wednesday.
Brocchini said the investigation was all consuming and he had filed more than 800 pages of reports. He thought about it when he should have been sleeping and as soon as he awoke.
After responding to the call Christmas Eve, he "didn't go home for about four and a half months," he said on cross-examination.
The defense claims police rushed to judgment in the case, pointing the finger at Scott Peterson from the start and never looking elsewhere.
Brocchini said he told Peterson on the night the investigation began that because he was the last to see his wife alive he needed to be eliminated as a suspect _ something police said they never were able to do.
In the first hours at the couple's house, Brocchini said he seized a loaded .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun from the glove box of Peterson's pickup truck. Peterson said he hadn't pulled the trigger in a month and that it didn't fire at that time.
Brocchini tested Peterson's hands for gunshot residue, but said he didn't know what happened to the test results.
Prosecutors have not said how they believe Laci Peterson died and her death certificate does not mention a specific cause of death.
Brocchini said he slipped the gun into his pocket during the search of the truck without telling Peterson. At 2 a.m. Christmas morning, about an hour after Brocchini finished interviewing him, Peterson called the officer on his cell phone.
"He wanted to know if I took his gun," Brocchini said. "He wished I would have told him. I said it was illegal to have a loaded gun in his glove box and I was going to put it in evidence."
Brocchini also said he told investigators to take freshly laundered towels and a mop and bucket from the Peterson house without Peterson's permission.
Scott Peterson told Brocchini that after watching the Martha Stewart show with his wife, he decided to go fishing and last saw Laci Peterson mopping the kitchen area. The couple's housekeeper testified earlier that she had mopped the day before during her biweekly cleaning.
On his return from the Berkeley Marina, where he said he aborted his fishing trip because it was cold and wet, he phoned his wife a few times. Brocchini said a message from Peterson on his wife's cell at 2:15 p.m. ended with: "I'll see you in a bit, sweetie. Love you. Bye."
During a visit to the warehouse where Peterson stored his fertilizer supplies, Brocchini took photos of the aluminum boat. The pictures showed two fishing poles, a life jacket and a yellow-handled pair of pliers.
Brocchini said he didn't initially notice the pliers. A hair consistent with Laci Peterson's DNA was found wrapped in a pair of pliers in the bottom of the boat.
Brocchini said Peterson, who cooperated with authorities on Christmas Eve and never denied any of their requests to look at his house or workplace, had a request as he snapped pictures in the warehouse.
"He didn't want me to show his boss the photo of his boat in the shop," Brocchini said.
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