North Carolina Supreme Court says novelist Michael Peterson will get new trial

Michael Peterson appears in court.
December 20, 2013 11:23:28 AM PST
The North Carolina Supreme Court cleared the way for a new murder trial for novelist Michael Peterson Friday.

Peterson was convicted in 2003 of the 2001 killing his wife, Kathleen, in their Durham home. He was sentenced to life in prison, but was let out in 2011 after Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ordered a new trial.

Hudson ruled that SBI blood analyst Duane Deaver gave false and misleading testimony at Peterson's first trial.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's office argued unsuccessfully that there was enough other evidence at trial for jurors to find Peterson guilty.

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