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Mike Peterson again tries to rid himself of ankle monitor

Posted July 25, 2013

— Durham novelist and one-time mayoral candidate Mike Peterson is seeking to end his house arrest and electronic monitoring while he awaits a new trial in the 2001 death of his wife.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals last week upheld a Superior Court judge's decision to grant Peterson a new trial, ruling that misleading testimony by a key prosecution witness during his 2003 murder trial violated his constitutional rights.

Peterson has been out on bond since December 2011, but conditions of the bond included that he remain under house arrest and wear a monitoring bracelet on his ankle.

In a motion filed this week, Peterson's attorneys argue that Peterson has met all conditions of his bond for more than 18 months and should be allowed more freedom before his trial.

Sources have told WRAL News that Durham County prosecutors plan to retry Peterson, although they could still appeal the recent ruling to the North Carolina Supreme Court.

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.

Peterson also sought release from his ankle monitor last August, saying the device was painful because he has sciatica. A judge refused that request.

An Aug. 23 court hearing has been scheduled on his latest motion.


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  • sjb2k1 Jul 26, 2013

    lol no. sorry dude. you're getting a new trial, be happy with that.

  • beach2011 Jul 26, 2013

    Why is he not in jail???? Amazing!

  • Sherlock Jul 25, 2013

    Has he tried to use a hacksaw and just cut it off?

  • whoami Jul 25, 2013

    With all the public appearances and going to and fro, it is hardly a "house arrest". House arrest means, well, confined to the house. Which he is not. The ankle monitor is not too much to ask. And how it impacts sciatica? Come on Mike, that's a stretch even for you. Wear the monitor, or sit in jail until you are retried.

  • hsiflee Jul 25, 2013

    "No one gives a hoot.......get it"? Obamacare rules
    No, I dont get it, too corny, even for you

  • hsiflee Jul 25, 2013

    Novelist? What does he write about, how to murder two women and try to gt away with it?

  • koolady Jul 25, 2013

    Boo Hoo..............Kathleen should be so lucky as to have sciatica problems.

  • Obamacare rules Jul 25, 2013

    No one gives a hoot.......get it?

  • SnupeLyin Jul 25, 2013

    *laughs* "saying the device was painful because he has sciatica..." *laughs some more*

  • Dirty_Water Jul 25, 2013

    Would love to see a DA office more interested in the truth than winning at all costs. Alas, that doesn't seem to be the case anywhere.