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State Supreme Court to Hear Peterson Appeal

Posted August 3, 2007 10:19 a.m. EDT

— Convicted murderer Mike Peterson will have his appeal heard before the state Supreme Court on Sept. 10.

Peterson, 63, was convicted in October 2003 of first-degree murder in the 2001 beating death of his wife, Nortel Networks executive Kathleen Peterson. She was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their Durham mansion.

The former Durham mayoral candidate and novelist, who contends his wife fell down the staircase, is currently serving a life sentence at Nash Correctional Institution.

Earlier this year, Peterson reached a $25 million settlement with his stepdaughter, Caitlin Atwater, in a wrongful death suit. The settlement also states that Peterson admits no guilt or liability in the death of his wife.