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State Begins To Add Up Cost Of Peterson Trial

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DURHAM, N.C. — The Mike Peterson trial may be over, but the state is just beginning to tally up the tab.

So far, the prosecution claims it spent about $90,000 in witness expenses and other fees.

Some of the costs include $7,195 for the exhumation of Elizabeth Ratliff, Mike Peterson's friend. During the trial, prosecutors claim Ratliff's death was similar to that of Peterson's wife, Kathleen. Peterson was found guilty of murder Friday in his wife's death.

The state also paid out $30 to fix a broken wine glass that had been collected as evidence.

Defense attorney David Rudolf has not mentioned how much the defense spent in the case, but other lawyers estimate the defense cost more than $1 million.

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Julia Lewis, Reporter
Kamal Wallace, Web Editor

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