Durham's Michael Peterson granted a hearing to see if he deserves a new trial
By Maggie Alexander
Durham novelist Michael Peterson was granted a hearing Tuesday to determine if he will get a new trial.
District Attorney Tracey Cline asked Judge Orlando Hudson to continue the case and hand it over to the North Carolina Attorney General’s office. But that request was denied.
In 2003, Peterson was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife, Kathleen. She died in their mansion 10 years ago.
In court Tuesday, Kathleen Peterson’s sister tried to persuade Hudson to continue the case.
“Ten years I've been without my sister. Ten years her daughter hasn't had her. And 10 years the rest of us have been alive and had our freedom but not Kathleen,” said Candance Zamperini. “She wanted to live and she deserves and should get the best, best legal representation.”
Peterson’s attorney, David Rudolf, started presenting evidence Tuesday and told the judge it could take all week to present his case for a new trial.
A key SBI investigator in the case, Duane Deaver, has been discredited and was fired from the SBI.