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Defense In Mike Peterson Case Claims Police Leaked Info To Media

Posted June 9, 2003
Updated December 9, 2006

— Another juror in the Mike Peterson murder trial was seated Monday.

A 54-year-old black man, who works for the State Utilities Commission, was seated for the trial. He joins two other men and eight women on the jury.

In addition, David Rudolf, Peterson's lawyer, called a special hearing Monday and put police detectives under the microscope.

Rudolf told the judge he thinks members of the police department are leaking information to the media. Two of the department's top homicide detectives took the stand and both denied giving reporters any kind of information about the case.

Although the detectives denied leaking any information or leading reporters to potential evidence or witnesses, Rudolf remained unconvinced. He said the leaks were part of an ongoing pattern that needs to stop.

The prosecution also agreed to a 12th juror, a 64-year-old female Sunday school teacher and church secretary. If the defense accepts her, all twelve jurors in the case could be selected by Tuesday.

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