Lauri Peterson is speaking out about her son Joshua Waring's ongoing legal issues. The Real Housewives of Orange County alum appeared on Megyn Kelly TODAY this week to address the attempted murder charges her son is currently in prison for. Josh has struggled with addiction issues for years and faced legal trouble as well, including the 2016 arrest for which he is currently serving time. He has been charged in connection with a shooting in Costa Mesa, California, in which one man was shot but survived.
Josh was charged with three counts of attempted murder and is currently awaiting trial, but maintains his innocence, as does his mom. Both Lauri and Josh's defense attorney Joel Garson appeared together in the interview, noting they believe the evidence does not point to his guilt.
"I think it's a great case. I've been doing this for 29 years and I have never seen this kind of police incompetence, to put it nicely," Josh's lawyer said. "But to be more cynical, intentional deviation from the truth."
Lauri, who adopted Josh's daughter, Kennady, several years back, noted that while in prison, Josh has become clean after battling drug addiction for years, including heroin addiction (more on that above). And she now hopes that her son can find justice as she maintains she doesn't believe he committed the crime for which he's been charged.
"There's a hearing going on and there's a chance that this case may be dismissed. I hope that happens, so we can be spared all the stress of a jury trial," she told TODAY. "If that doesn't happen, I hope that Josh is exonerated. He has been falsely accused and I think that the evidence will show that. And then I just hope that he leaves Orange County because he's got a target on his back and he needs to get out of Orange County. [He needs to] stay clean because right now, for the first time in 15 years, I have my son back."
Below, Lauri reflects more on adopting her granddaughter.