Site of notorious Durham murder up for sale
The Durham mansion where Mike Peterson killed his wife almost two decades ago, spawning a lengthy and costly trial, years of appeals, a plea deal and a popular Netflix series, went up for sale this week.Posted — Updated
Kathleen Peterson was found in a pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase inside the home on Dec. 9, 2001. Although Peterson argued that his wife died after falling down the stairs, he was found guilty following a three-month trial in 2003 of beating her to death and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Under an Alford plea, which courts treat as guilty pleas, a defendant can maintain his or her innocence while acknowledging prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction. Peterson was allowed to walk free after the plea, having served more time in prison after his initial conviction than he was sentenced to the second time around.
Redfin's only mention of the home's history is a note that it was "featured in [a] Netflix documentary as well as a major feature film." The site describes the home as being built in 1940, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a swimming pool, a game room, a library and two gated entrances on 3.4 acres.
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