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NC Supreme Court won't stop Peterson from getting new trial

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday refused to review a Court of Appeals ruling that  Durham author Michael Peterson should get a new trial in the 2001 murder of his wife Kathleen Peterson.

The Supreme Court's decision essentially leaves the Court of Appeals decision in place.

In 2003, Peterson was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife.  She died in their mansion 10 years ago.

[LINK] Timeline of Events in the Michael Peterson Case

After serving eight years behind bars Peterson, 68, was released following a ruling that former State Bureau of Investigation agent Duane Deaver, a key prosecution witness, misled jurors about the strength of bloodstain evidence.

Judge Orlando Hudson ruled that Deaver misled jurors at Peterson's trial when he testified that his analysis of blood spatter showed beyond any doubt that Kathleen Peterson died after being struck by her husband three times with a blunt object.

In July, the Court of Appeals ruled that Peterson should get a new trial.

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