Scott Peterson will come up against a bombshell new witness at his civil trial for the murders of his pregnant wife Laci and unborn son Conner, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.
Author and lawyer Donna Thomas is ready to tell the jury that Peterson confessed to her in sickening detail how he strangled Laci in the kitchen of their home.
And she has provided never-before-revealed letters from him that back up her claim.
The multimillion-dollar wrongful death trial, expected to begin in Modesto, Calif., in August, pits Laci’s still-grieving parents, Sharon and Dennis Rocha, against their former son-in-law, who’s on San Quentin’s death row.
They face an uphill task because a judge ruled recently that, despite his criminal conviction, they have to prove all over again that Scott — who will not be in the courtroom — killed Laci and Conner on Christmas Eve 2002.
“I was so shocked by that extraordinary decision that I immediately contacted Dennis Rocha’s attorney and offered to give evidence,” Thomas told The ENQUIRER in an exclusive interview.
Thomas was once one of Scott’s staunchest supporters, visiting him dozens of times after he was sentenced to death.
Then, she says, 35-year-old Scott made a slip of the tongue that convinced her he’d lied to her about his innocence.
During a dramatic confrontation in San Quentin, he finally spilled his guts, telling how he strangled 27-year-old, eight-months-pregnant Laci as she watched Martha Stewart on TV.
Pick up this week’s issue of The ENQUIRER for all the details.