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Jurors See More Evidence Collected At Petersons' House

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DURHAM, N.C. — Jurors got a closer look at some of the evidence collected at the house on the night of his wife's death in day 14 of the Mike Peterson trial.

Authorities conducted three exhaustive searches of the Peterson mansion between Dec. 9, 2001 and Dec. 12, 2001. Officers went through every square-inch of the 11,000-square-foot home and walked away with more than 70 pieces of potential evidence.

Police evidence technician Dan George went through the process of identifying each item to jurors. George showed jurors the clothes that Mike Peterson's son, Todd, was wearing the night of Kathleen Peterson's death.

He also showed them a diet Coke can that had hair and blood samples that were collected from the Petersons' patio and the sweat pants Kathleen Peterson was wearing at the time of her death.

Later in the day, defense attorneys attacked George for not collecting certain items found near Kathleen Peterson's body. Defense attorney David Rudolf pointed out that a telephone with blood smears on it was left at the house. George explained that police do not take everything they see at a crime scene.

Jurors did not see what was inside an envelope that was found in the Petersons' study. The envelope included pornographic pictures of a naked man. The pictures may be introduced as evidence later in the week.

All those pieces of evidence were simply introduced Monday. Other witnesses will be used to talk about thier signifacance to the case.

Also on Monday, Judge Orlando Hudson announced a scheduling change. He said that on Wednesday, court proceedings will start at 1 p.m. to accommodate a juror who had a scheduling conflict.