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Lawyers may address bond in Mike Peterson court hearing

Posted July 1, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014

— Six months after the North Carolina Supreme Court declined to review a ruling that novelist and one-time Durham mayoral candidate Mike Peterson should get a new trial in his wife's 2001 death, Peterson is expected back in court Tuesday.

After almost a decade in prison, Peterson was granted a new trial in December 2011 when Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ruled that a key prosecution witness gave false and misleading testimony during Peterson's 2003 murder trial, depriving him of his right to a fair trial.

The state Court of Appeals unanimously upheld Hudson's ruling a year ago, and the Supreme Court declined to intervene last December.

Peterson's status hearing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. His attorneys might bring up the conditions of his bond. He has remained under house arrest and electronic monitoring since December 2011 while awaiting a new trial.

Kathleen Peterson was found dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase in the Petersons' upscale Durham home on Dec. 9, 2001. Prosecutors were never able to establish a clear motive and didn't find a murder weapon, and Mike Peterson has long denied any involvement in her death.

Hudson ruled that former State Bureau of Investigation blood analyst Duane Deaver misled jurors about his expertise and used questionable tests on evidence found in the Peterson home.

Deaver was fired by the SBI in 2011 amid an independent review of suspect practices at the state crime lab.


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  • raleighboy524 Jul 8, 2014

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    The fabrication was discovered after the fact. Needless to say, no decision was made during the trial to admit fabricated testimony.

  • Greg Boop Jul 8, 2014
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    I believe that Mike Peterson is guilty of this crime.

    Unfortunately due to the false and fabricated testimony of Deaver he is due a new trial. This is just one of over 200 cases across the state which will be re-tried due to Deaver's false and misleading testimony. These new trials will cost the state a large amount of money and is a warning to the justice system that fabricated testimony by "experts" in criminal trials must no be allowed.

  • raleighboy524 Jul 8, 2014

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    I invite you to read the autopsy -- easy to Google it -- and to review comments by the jurors immediately after the trial. Deaver's testimony played no significant role in the conviction.

  • raleighboy524 Jul 8, 2014

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    He's not living in the marital home. It was sold years ago. I think he's living with friends or relatives.

  • A person Jul 8, 2014

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    I guess you have not been paying attention to all the recent settlements over false convictions. Ask Greg Taylor where he got over 5 million dollars from

  • diana123 Jul 8, 2014

    how in the world has he been supporting himself? how in the world has he been able to remain in the marital home? this marriage was in deep financial woes at the time of her murder.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jul 8, 2014

    Didn't this guy die in jail?

  • Paul Donovan Jul 8, 2014
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    The issue here is that a state employee who was proclaimed an expert in his field made up evidence to convict him (and many others). They would have retried him by now if they thought they had a case without the made up evidence. Deaver is the one who should be in jail.

  • paintcan Jul 8, 2014

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    Agree. Many keep forgetting the dead woman in Germany.

  • dirtydozen431 Jul 8, 2014

    Ya' think he is on a dating website.