Scott Peterson's sister-in-law claims that his wife Laci was murdered by ...

Scott Peterson's sister-in-law has said that he has been 'failed' by the Justice Department, insisting that she has new evidence that says he could not have murdered his wife.

Peterson was found guilty in 2004 for the Christmas Eve murders of his wife Laci and unborn child.

He was sentenced to death, but in August had his death penalty overturned by the California Supreme Court. A hearing was held on Tuesday to discuss a new sentencing hearing: his supporters and legal team are hoping to overturn the conviction entirely.  

Janey Peterson, who has spent years investigating the case, said police in Modesto, 90 miles east of San Francisco, ignored tips and leads in this case.

'There is no series of circumstances that fits the evidence where he could possibly have done it,' she told CBS 13. 

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Janey Peterson said her brother-in-law had been failed by the justice system

Janey Peterson said her brother-in-law had been failed by the justice system

Her husband led the search for her for months but was arrested after Laci's badly decomposed body washed up on a San Francisco shoreline in April 2003. The couple married in 1997

Her husband led the search for her for months but was arrested after Laci's badly decomposed body washed up on a San Francisco shoreline in April 2003. The couple married in 1997

'The justice system has failed here, and a lot of aspects have failed. 

'And it started with the Modesto Police Department. And it started with the fact that they didn't follow up on evidence that showed Laci was alive the morning of December 24.'  

Peterson, now 47, continues to maintain his innocence. 

Laci disappeared on Christmas Eve in 2002. Peterson told police that he had been fishing in Berkeley that day, and when he came back home to Modesto, his pregnant wife was gone. 

He led the search for her for months but was arrested after Laci's badly decomposed body and the fetus of their son washed up on a San Francisco shoreline in April 2003.  

Peterson, who authorities say dumped the bodies off the side of his fishing boat, was on death row since 2005. He is now awaiting sentencing. 

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Janey Peterson said that she believed Laci had been killed after confronting burglars at a neighboring

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