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Lack of closure leaves Michael Peterson case to forever haunt imagination

The state has lost its zeal for prosecuting Michael Iver Peterson in the death of his wife in 2001, but the public’s fascination with the case may never weaken.

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Michael Peterson pleads guilty to manslaughter, victim's family reacts

Michael Peterson entered a plea Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 resolving a murder charge that has lingered for 15 years. Through an Alford plea in which the Durham novelist refused to admit guilt, Peterson pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge for killing his wife Kathleen Peterson. Lori Campbell and Candace Zamperini, Kathleen Peterson's sisters made emotional statements following the plea.

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Michael Peterson reacts after pleading guilty to manslaughter

Michael Peterson reacted after entering a guilty plea Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 resolving a murder charge that has lingered for 15 years. Through an Alford plea in which the Durham novelist refused to admit guilt, Peterson pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge for killing his wife Kathleen Peterson.

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Photo Gallery: Michael Peterson's 15-year legal saga

Michael Peterson was indicted in 2002 for the murder of his wife Kathleen in their Durham home, found guilty of first degree murder on Oct. 10, 2003, sentenced to life in prison, then freed in December 2011 due to mishandling of evidence in the case. On Friday, his lawyers plan to enter an Alford plea that may end the 15-year legal saga.

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Michael Peterson pleads guilty to manslaughter, victim's family reacts

Michael Peterson entered a plea Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 resolving a murder charge that has lingered for 15 years. Through an Alford plea in which the Durham novelist refused to admit guilt, Peterson pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge for killing his wife Kathleen Peterson. Lori Campbell and Candace Zamperini, Kathleen Peterson's sisters made emotional statements following the plea.
Video by Travis Long, Photo by Chuck LIddy newsobserver.com
Michael Peterson pleads guilty to manslaughter, victim's family reacts 3:10

Michael Peterson pleads guilty to manslaughter, victim's family reacts

Michael Peterson reacts after pleading guilty to manslaughter 6:38

Michael Peterson reacts after pleading guilty to manslaughter

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Dramatic video shows D.C. police rescuing man from burning car

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