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Peterson wants out of house arrest

Posted August 1, 2012

— Durham novelist and one-time mayoral candidate Mike Peterson says he should be allowed free rein while awaiting a new trial in the death of his wife.

Peterson was convicted of first-degree murder in the Dec. 9, 2001, death of his wife. Kathleen Peterson was found dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase in the couple's upscale Durham home.

Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ruled last December that a key prosecution witness in Peterson's 2003 murder trial gave false and misleading testimony, and he ordered Peterson released on a $300,000 bond pending a retrial.

Two conditions of his bond were that Peterson be under house arrest in Durham and remain on electronic monitoring. He recently filed a motion seeking release from those conditions.

Peterson argued that he has never violated a condition of his bond – either before his 2003 trial or since his release last winter. Also, he said, he suffers from a "physical condition" that makes it painful to wear the monitoring bracelet on his ankle.

Prosecutors have appealed Hudson's ruling, and no date has been set for the retrial.


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  • NoRespect Aug 2, 2012

    charmcclainlovesdogs2... My LOL comment was in reference to the comment left by "Obamacare" at 11:23am. It was a good one that I enjoyed.

    Sorry you misunderstood my comment in that regard.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Aug 2, 2012

    Will other prisoners in NC be allowed to do this? Then why do we have prison and keep sending them there is they are going to go above the law and get themselves out after a period of time. Something is wrong with this picture.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Aug 2, 2012

    Its just another phase of being free. I hope the authorities don't fall for it. He is making a joke out of our system and he should really be locked up for the community's sake. Why is this friend not being charge for having this killer out of prison? Is the friend's life in any danger as well as his family?

  • ssi Aug 2, 2012


    First the agent who testified didn't lie. He testified to the outcome of testing that not just he, but his entire investigative TEAM, conducted. Those results were not very well liked by the defense and their witnesses, however. Differences of opinions. And how come "some guy from out of town" is always better/smarter than local folks?

    Secondly, if you followed the trial you would recall that the agent's testimony was NOT the deciding factor in the jury's guilty decision. What was the deciding factor was their actual visit to the Peterson home/crime scene. Some jurors stated later that when they observed the blood evidence in the stairwell, they came to the conclusion that the death could not have occurred in the way Peterson stated that it did. And it was not the prosecution's request to visit the home. It was the defense's. A decision that backfired on them big time.

    So if Peterson is set free, it won't be because of the "liars in the SBI" as you put it.

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 2, 2012

    Awe, come on ya'll the ankle monitor is probably itchy & possibly annoying..it probably looks awkward & bulky under his pants. Besides it's been so hot, it probably is very uncomfortable to boot. He just wants to go outside and play..... sarcasm off now. Unbelievable.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Aug 2, 2012

    What is Peterson really up too? I hope he local officials will get this man back behind bars before he take another life or cause harm to someone.

  • hossdaddy40 Aug 2, 2012

    the evidence was over welling against you. you were convicted of murder and will be again. do your time and then you can leave prison in a wooden box.

  • tiblet Aug 2, 2012

    Kathleen Peterson's daughter deserves justice. This man should never have his freedom returned to him.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Aug 2, 2012

    That would be poetic justice.


    When you learn to respect YOURSELF, then you will know how to respect our President Obama, and others.

  • GALNC Aug 2, 2012

    Lets take off the ankle bracelet and put him in a cage with a owl with a blow poke.