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San Quentin releases new mugshot of infamous death row inmate Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson is back in the news more than 15 years after the death of his wife and unborn son in a murder for which he was convicted in 2004.

In accordance with the policy of San Quentin State Prison in California, the 45-year-old inmate’s newest mugshot was taken earlier this month. According to TMZ, his last one was taken in 2011 and the prison requires new photos every seven years.

The new mugshot was not accompanied by any additional details about the case, which is currently

As CrimeOnline reported last week, Peterson’s defense attorneys have continued to argue evidence that could potentially exonerate him was withheld from presentation during a trial that ended with a conviction and death sentence.

Though he sits on death row following his 2005 sentencing, an ongoing appeal means he could be granted a new trial.

Peterson has consistently denied he killed his wife, Laci, and their unborn child, a boy already named Connor and just weeks away from full term.

The defendant was convicted without any concrete forensic evidence. Prosecutors have always contended the sheer volume of circumstantial evidence proved his guilt — and a jury agreed.

Police officers arrested Peterson the day after his wife’s body was found in 2003. At that time, the 30-year-old suspect claimed he was meeting relatives to play golf.

Reports indicate he was carrying $15,000 in cash, hundreds of sleeping pills, about 10 Viagra pills, multiple cellphones and an identification card belonging to his brother. He was also found in possession of weapons including a firearm and a dagger.

[Featured image: Scott Peterson, California Department of Corrections]