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The jury in the double-murder trial of Scott Peterson for the killing of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son Conner began deliberations shortly after noon today, after hearing final arguments from attorneys and receiving instructions from the judge.

After Judge Alfred Delucchi charged the jury on the points of law they must use in their deliberations, and after taking a break for lunch, the jury began to decide the fate of the former fertilizer salesman in the high-profile case, which has captured the nation's attention since Laci Peterson disappeared from her home in December of 2002.

In his last appeal to the jury this morning, defense attorney Mark Geragos said the knot in the length of plastic found around the neck of Conner Peterson when his remains washed up on the San Francisco Bay shore proves that the baby was handled outside the womb.

"If that's the case then it is not Scott Peterson who did this," Geragos said. "If that's the case, then the baby was handled outside the womb."

Prosecutor Rick Distaso in his rebuttal reminded jurors that they could only disregard circumstantial evidence if there was a reasonable interpretation pointing to innocence. "If it's not reasonable, you must reject it," Distaso said. "You cannot base a reasonable doubt on an unreasonable interpretation of the evidence."

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Background:
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