Frank Swertlow and Stephen M. Silverman
August 05, 2004 09:00 AM

A normally stone-faced Scott Peterson wiped away a tear in court on Wednesday, when a hunting and golfing buddy testified about a conversation the two men had about buying their new sons camouflage hunting outfits when they got older.

On the stand, Gregory Reed, whose wife was also pregnant, began thumbing through a catalog and looking at clothes for young hunters, Peterson’s eyes apparently began to well up, prompting him to reach for his handkerchief.

His gesture was so brief that some people in the courtroom missed the move.

Meanwhile, the double-murder trial continued Wednesday with evidence questioning whether Peterson would have had time to go fishing 90 miles from their home on the day his wife, Laci Peterson, went missing.

Lydell Wall, a Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department computer expert, testified that Peterson was a dervish of activity on the Internet the morning of Dec. 24, 2002, when Peterson said he was going sturgeon fishing in San Francisco Bay.

According to Wall, Peterson was using a home computer at 8:45 a.m. on Christmas Eve, spending five minutes on a deal to buy a bag on eBay. At 10:30 a.m., Peterson was in his office at the warehouse of his employer, Trade Corp. USA, and back on a computer – where among other things he read a resignation email from one of his salesmen.

Peterson signed off his computer at 10:56 a.m., when it has been assumed he headed to the Berkeley Marina in San Francisco Bay to fish.

Loyola Law School Prof. Stan Goldman said that, based on this account and the 90 minutes or so it takes to drive to the Marina from their home – Peterson would have had very little time to launch his boat and fish, as Peterson has maintained.

Goldman estimated that Peterson would have arrived at the Marina and launched his new 14-foot fishing boat between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. “We know that he called his wife on the cell phone from Livermore, Calif., at around 2:20 p.m. to say he was coming back home,” Goldman said. “It might take 20 minutes to get the boat back into the water, which means he would have had very little to actually fish. He had no time in the water.”

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