HBO launched The Staircase, the new true-crime series revealing the case of Michael Peterson.
Michael Peterson was accused and convicted of murdering his wife.
HBO is not the only retelling of the events. In 2018, Netflix launched a project about the chilling case.
Why was Michael Peterson convicted
Public opinion saw Michael Peterson as innocent. Peterson dialed 911 after seeing her wife bleeding.
According to Detective Art Holland of Durham police, Michael’s wife, Kathleen, was “splayed out on the floor, her head resting on the landing of a back staircase.”
Michale claimed he was by the pool when the accident happened. Michael entered his home and saw Kathleen full of blood.
Peterson said her wife consumed alcohol and Valium, causing her to fall through the stairs.
Nevertheless, the autopsy revealed Kathleen had a .07% of alcohol blood content, leaving her out of intoxication levels.
She presented severe injuries and lacerations caused by a blunt force object.
The report said Kathleen died more than an hour after the incident, not immediately after falling.
Michael Peterson was found guilty of killing his wife, Kathleen.
The multiple trials
The prosecution said Kathleen and Michael fought after Miss Peterson discovered more than 2,000 explicit images of men on Michael’s computer.
She also found conversations with a young male escort.
On October 13, 2003, the judge sentenced Michael Peterson to life without the possibility of parole.
However, in 2011 the judge vacated the jury’s verdict for false and misleading testimony on the trial, resulting in an “unsound conviction.”
Where’s Michael Peterson today?
In 2017, Michael Peterson “submitted an Alford plea to voluntary manslaughter.”
He accepted there is enough evidence for a conviction. Nevertheless, he didn’t accept the guilt for committing the crime.
Then, Peterson was resentenced to 86 weeks in prison. He left jail immediately.
Michael already served more time than the updated penalty. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.