make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Jailed NC author seeks new trial in murder case


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A Durham author convicted of killing his wife wants a new trial, based on revelations about flaws in the State Bureau of Investigation's crime lab.

Michael Peterson filed a request Tuesday for a new trial in the 2001 death of his wife, Kathleen.

Peterson's attorney, David Rudolf, says his client's conviction is tainted by testimony at the original trial from former SBI agent Duane Deaver.

The agency's blood lab has been criticized for months over false and misleading work in about 200 criminal cases. Deaver was fired by the SBI last month. He plans to appeal.

Peterson is currently serving a life prison term at Nash Correctional Institute.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.


He's a scumbag

I was recently incarcerated with Mike P. and he is a low life who thinks hes better than other inmates bc he is a author.... claiming a owl flew into his wife pushing her down the stairs to her death.....sounds like a book he would write... He deserves life in prison.