Lawyers: Prosecution possible without body

January 17, 2008 11:33:09 AM PST
In the 12 weeks since Stacy Peterson disappeared, searchers combed woods and construction sites and put on scuba gear to peer beneath the surface of canals and ponds. Now, authorities face the possibility they may never find any trace of the 23-year-old mother of two from suburban Chicago.

While it doesn't happen much, suspects have been brought to trial and convicted of murder in cases where the body is missing and physical evidence linking doesn't exist.

When they do go to trial, 'no body' cases can be different from those where a pathologist explains how a victim was killed and police officers testify about blood stains.

Prosecutors say the first hurdle is overcoming is the suggestion that the alleged victim simply walked away from his or her life.

Stacy Peterson's husband Drew has been named a suspect in his disappearance, but he denies any involvement and says she left him for another man.


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