With California’s Laci Peterson case fading from the headlines, at least for now, it’s time for cable television to focus on an unrelated Peterson case in North Carolina. In this one, opening statements bein today in Durham in the case of Mike Peterson, who is accused of killing his wife, Kathleen, 18 months ago.
The Raleigh News & Observer says that the drama will unfold on Court TV and WRAL-TV’s digital channel 256. “We are taking the Court TV feed and giving local people some local flavor by using criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors who are local folks,” WRAL anchor David Crabtree said.
Most local stations will forgo live coverage in favor of updates during local newscasts. Peterson, 59, is charged with the Dec. 9, 2001, death of his wife, who was found in a pool of blood in the back stairway of their 14-room home. Peterson said his wife died from a fall, while Durham District Attorney Jim Hardin says he beat her to death.
Says one radio news director: “Whether you are into criminal cases or not, you have to admit, it has a wide following…you would have to have just fallen off a turnip truck not be interested in this case. It’s hard not to be.”