‘I couldn’t feel my feet on the floor’: Scott Peterson says he’s shocked he was convicted of killing Laci Peterson and unborn son, Conner

For the first time since his 2004 conviction, Scott Peterson opened up publicly about his reaction when he learned he’d been convicted and sentenced to death for killing his wife and unborn son.

People reports that as part of an upcoming docuseries on A&E premiering Aug. 15, entitled, The Murder of Laci Peterson44-year-old Scott Peterson talks about the infamous murders while sitting in a jail cell on death row. The former Modesto, California, resident claimed that he was shocked he was convicted of murdering his family and said he never saw it coming.

“It was just like this amazing, horrible, physical reaction that I had. 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. And I just had this weird sensation that I was falling forward — and forward and down and there was going to be no end to this falling forward and down, like there was no floor to land on. I, I was staggered by it. I had no idea it was coming.”

Regardless of his claims, a representative for the docuseries made it clear that the show does not encourage Peterson’s proclaimed innocence. Instead, it will give the “fascinating full picture” picture of the case, including a look at society during the time incident occurred.

“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,” said Senior Vice President of Development and Programming, Amy Savitsky.


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Peterson is currently on death row at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, California, for the 2002 murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son, Connor Peterson. He appealed the conviction, and according to court documents, the appeal is still pending. Although the case rested largely on circumstantial evidence, there was enough presented during trial to convince a jury that Peterson murdered Laci and dumped her pregnant body into the San Francisco Bay.

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The majority of the public agreed with the jury’s decision. Scott Peterson has often been coined with “tot mom” Casey Anthony as two of the “most hated people in America.”

The Murder of Laci Peterson airs on Aug. 15 at 10 p.m. ET on A&E.

[Feature Photo: AP/Justin Sullivan, Pool]