Scott Peterson's parents have been in the courtroom every day, but Monday was the day they couldCBS news correspondent John Blackstone reports.
Defense attorney Mark Geragos asked Jackie Peterson why Scott had close to $15,000 in cash when he was arrested, money that led police to believe he was preparing to flee to Mexico. Jackie said she gave him the cash, largely to pay back money she had mistakenly withdrawn from Scott's bank account.
Defense attorney Chuck Smith reflected, "Would she lie for him, when his life is on the line? One would think that most mothers would … and the story about this large amount of cash is strange enough that a reasonable jury could conclude it's simply not true."
As Jackie Peterson left the witness stand, she was embraced by husband Lee, who was called to testify next.
Geragos asked Lee why Scott was carrying his brother's driver's license the day he was arrested. Lee Peterson testified he told Scott to borrow the license to get a $20 resident discount at a San Diego golf course.
Not a good move, suggests defense attorney Paula Canny: "To me, it didn't evoke sympathy and if anything it might backfire. …I don't think that's how most people do it. Most people pay their bills."
In a wiretapped phone call to his brother Joe, the jury heard Scott just hours before his arrest, aware that he was being closely watched. "I can't lose the private investigators," Scott was heard to say.
The defense has just two more witnesses to testify and the judge told the jury that the case is still on schedule for closing arguments next week, Blackstone reports.