On Monday, Judge Al Delucchi granted lead defense lawyer Mark Geragos a delay because he was defending another accused murderer in Southern California. Peterson had told Delucchi that he accepted a trial delay as “a regrettable necessity.”
In a short filing at the courthouse in Redwood City, however, Geragos said Thursday he is “not currently engaged in trial before any court and is prepared to proceed to trial immediately.”
Peterson, 31, could get the death sentence if he is convicted of killing his wife and unborn son in December 2002 and dumping her body in the San Francisco Bay. The bodies washed up later and separately not far from where Peterson said he had gone fishing the day his wife, Laci, went missing from their Modesto home.
Neither the prosecution nor the defense has been willing to speculate when jury selection might begin. Peterson is next scheduled to be in court on Monday, when lawyers will discuss pre-trial issues such as whether to sequester jurors.