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Prosecutors Approve Three Potential Jurors For Mike Peterson Trial

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DURHAM, N.C. — Prosecutors approved three more jurors forthe murder trial of Michael Peterson, accepting a nurse, formernurse and a coffee distributor Monday.

Defense attorneys must approve the potential jurors before theyserve on the jury. So far, six women and two men have been picked. Peterson, a novelist and former Durham mayoral candidate, is accused of killing his wife, Kathleen, in December 2001.

Prosecutors used a peremptory strike to dismiss a 68-year-oldretired professor from North Carolina Central University who saidhe knew Peterson from working out at the YMCA.

He also said he had discussed the case with Nick Galifinakis, a Peterson friend andsupporter, saying he told Galifinakis he was shocked that Petersonhad been charged.

The prosecution asked Judge Orlando Brown in the case to dismiss the potential juror, saying that he has already formed an opinion about the case, but Hudson declined to dismiss theretired professor for cause.

Four more jurors and four alternate jurors must be selectedbefore opening arguments begin.

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