Veteran investigator joins Durham DA's office

January 8, 2009 3:09:43 PM PST
Facing a backlog of cases and a hiring freeze, Durham County's District Attorney is turning to the Durham Police Department for help. For the first time, a full-time homicide detective will be assigned to the Durham County District Attorney's Office as an investigator."We're down one lawyer who does violent offenses," said Tracey Cline. "The assistant district attorneys will be stressed with an extensive caseload.

While her staff focuses on the courtroom, seasoned investigator Art Holland will work behind-the-scenes to ease the workload. Holland is best known for his detective work in murder of Kathleen Peterson, the wife of Durham novelist Michael Peterson. With 27 years of law enforcement experience, Holland said it's a unique partnership that will benefit both agencies.

"It will help with the prosecution of the crimes," said Holland. "I will work with Tracey Cline and David Saacks with homicide and major crime cases. I'll help get cases ready for court and work as a liaison between the District Attorney's Office and the police department to make sure things run smoother."

Holland will have a several duties as both a detective and the newest member of the Durham D.A.'s office, including tracking down key people vital to a prosecutor's case.

"We're very pleased about that," said Cline. "I think that will help us find witnesses and victims who don't want to come to court or who have just moved from this area."


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