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Search Warrant Details Evidence Taken From Mike Peterson's Home

Posted June 28, 2002

— A search warrant reveals more about the latest search of Mike Peterson's home. Peterson is accused of killing his wife, Kathleen.

The search warrant indicates investigators went in Thursday to gather additional measurements of Peterson's Forest Hills house and yard to help reconstruct the crime. It also states that fibers found on Kathleen's body were not consistent with what she was wearing at the time of her death.

During the daylong search, detectives took fibers from a kitchen rug as well as fibers from a blanket as possible evidence.

"What was done yesterday (Thursday) had to be done in order to complete some of the discovery we're obligated to provide and so now that's done, that stumbling block is out of the way," district attorney Jim Hardin said.

Discovery is a process where both sides share what they have so they can prepare for trial. A schedule set Friday requires the prosecutor's office to hand over its evidence by Nov. 15. Peterson's defense team has until January.

The trial is scheduled to begin in May.

Peterson was out of town for his mother's funeral during this search and is expected back Friday night. In response to the police's search, David Rudolf, Peterson's attorney, said "investigators should get their evidence first, then indict."

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