Jurors Remember Amber Frey's Explosive Testimony As The Moment They Realized Scott Peterson Was Guilty
Nobody can forget the shift in the courtroom when Amber Frey took the stand to testify against her former lover Scott Peterson during his wife’s murder trial.
In that explosive moment, it became clear to prosecutors—and the California jurors—that Peterson would be convicted in the murders of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son.
For three long months, as PEOPLE reported at the time, “the prosecution team apparently failed to connect the dots for jurors, while antagonizing the judge by bungling basic procedural matters.”
Frey, police had learned, was not the scorned lover who hoped to hide in the shadows once the public uncovered Peterson’s affair.
The very second she realized that Peterson, her boyfriend at the time, was still married to—and suspected of killing—his pregnant wife, Frey immediately called Modesto police to disclose the affair.
Until that point, Frey had assumed that Peterson was unmarried, and it never once occurred to her that her boyfriend was secretly living a double life.
In fact, it was Frey who went above and beyond to catch Peterson in a lie when she agreed to record her phone calls with him.
Once she disclosed the affair in December 2002—mere days after Laci Peterson went missing—Frey worked tirelessly to help police uncover the truth about her master manipulator of a boyfriend.
“[The] trial changed dramatically with the prosecution’s star witness, Amber Frey, and she knocked it out of the park,” local TV reporter Ted Rowlands recalled in a clip for The Murder of Laci Peterson on A&E. “And it wasn’t actually Amber Frey as much as those recordings.”
“Amber came across as one of the most credible people you could ever hear testify,” said Frey’s then-attorney, Gloria Allred. “And Scott Peterson on those recordings came across as one of the biggest liars one could ever hear.”
Speaking out about the case in the A&E series, juror Mike Belmessieri revealed that Frey’s testimony completely changed the 2004 case.
“[Scott was] still playing a game. I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, you know, something’s not right here,’ ” Belmessieri said of the jury learning that Peterson had told Frey he was in Paris when he was really at a candlelight vigil for his wife.
Thanks to Frey’s testimony, Peterson, now 44, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder.
Today, he is still in San Quentin State Prison, where he remains on death row.
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