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Peterson murder case videos

Posted February 24
Updated March 7

Businesswoman Kathleen Peterson was found dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase in her upscale Durham home on Dec. 9, 2001. Her husband, Durham novelist and one-time mayoral candidate Mike Peterson, was convicted of first-degree murder in October 2003.

After years of appeals, a judge ordered he receive a new trial because a key witness in the trial, a State Bureau of Investigation blood analyst, misled jurors about his expertise and the accuracy of his tests.

In Feb. 2017, Mike Peterson, still proclaiming his innocence, ended the 15-year legal battle with an Alford plea to a charge of voluntary manslaughter, leaving him a convicted felon but a free man.

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