A congressman has fired an aide over accusations that she wrote letters to convicted killer Scott Peterson while on the job, the Associated Press reports.
A spokesperson for U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander, a Republican from Louisiana, tells the news service that the congressman decided to fire aide Theresa Mares because she was using government resources to communicate with Peterson.
Peterson is sitting on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California for killing his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son.
"Ms. Mares' actions have been embarrassing to our office and demonstrate that her views are politically incompatible with those of the congressman," says spokesperson Adam Terry.
Terry says the congressman launched an investigation after a National Enquirer reporter contacted his office with allegations that Mares was writing love letters to Peterson, the Daily Advertiser reports.
"After that, our office conducted an internal investigation and discovered that this employee was, in fact, writing some of the letters to Mr. Peterson on congressional time," Terry tells the Advertiser.
Sources: Associated Press and Daily Advertiser