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More Potential Jurors Dismissed In Mike Peterson Trial

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DURHAM, N.C. — Judge Orlando Hudson dismissed three potential jurors in a matter of minutes Friday in the Mike Peterson trial.

One woman, who had trouble understanding English, and two others told the judge they thought Peterson was guilty. Peterson is charged with the death of his wife, Kathleen, in the couple's home in December 2001.

"I felt that he was guilty. I wasn't there and did not know what happened, but based on what I heard, right or wrong," dismissed juror Wyvonia Perry said.

In the last two days, nine potential jurors have been dismissed. Six of the potential jurors said they believed Peterson is guilty.

Defense attorney David Rudolf is not discouraged about the recent number of dismissals. He said it means the process is working.

"For me, the important thing is folks flat-out say they've made up their minds and they can't put it aside," he said.

So far, 10 jurors have been seated for the trial. They are trying to seat two others and find four alternates before testimony begins. Opening statements are expected to start June 23.


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