UT San Diego – Marc Carlos’ case with biotech exec Petersen goes to trial

Bardsley and Carlos attorney Marc Carlos defends biotech executive, Hans A. Petersen, stating Petersen was in a state of confusion during the shootings on Sept. 18, 2013, likely induced by the aftereffects of a seizure and a combination of prescription medications and alcohol.

He strengthens his case by noting the defendant could not remember the events that occurred shortly after he was arrested at his estranged brother-in-law’s house, where he shot his brother-in-law in the stomach. The brother-in-law was able to fight of the defendant’s attacks and captured majority of the incident on his home security camera.

“There’s no way you can look at that video and say that person is not acting irrationally,” Carlos told the jury during his closing argument in San Diego Superior Court. “There’s something other than normal to describe his conduct.”

Petersen, 50, faces three counts of premeditated attempted murder in connection with the shootings that wounded Steven Dowdy, a UC San Diego cancer researcher who was involved in a business venture with the defendant called Traversa Therapeutics, and Ron Fletcher, the brother of Petersen’s estranged wife.

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About Marc X. Carlos

Marc Carlos is a partner and co-founder of Bardsley and Carlos LLP. Mr. Carlos has been practicing criminal law since 1987. He has been a member of both the Los Angeles and the San Diego County Public Defender's office where he was a senior trial deputy focusing primarily on serious felony trials. Mr. Carlos has tried over 140 jury trials and represented thousands of clients in criminal matters. He has tried a variety of complex criminal matters ranging from fraud to murder, including death penalty cases.

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