DURHAM, NC — Freda Black, the prosecutor with a sharp southern accent who was a prosecutor in Michael Peterson’s murder trial, was reportedly found dead at her home over the weekend. Durham police confirmed her death to the local media outlets.
Black, former Durham County assistant district attorney, was best known for painting pornography found in Peterson’s home as “pure-T filth.” Her body was found around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police spokesman Wil Glenn told the News and Observer. Her death does not appear to be suspicious.
The Peterson trial — and Black — returned to the spotlight recently with the popular Netflix documentary series “The Staircase.” Kathleen Peterson was found dead at the bottom of the staircase at their luxurious Durham home in 2001. The documentary focused on aspects of the trial that led to his 2003 conviction of first-degree murder, and called into question much of the expert testimony and evidence. Of particular note in the documentary was the expert interpretation of blood spatter found at the bottom of the staircase.
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Peterson entered an Alford plea to voluntary manslaughter in February, meaning he maintains his innocence but acknowledges there was enough evidence against him for a conviction. (For more stories like this from Raleigh Patch, sign up for real-time news alerts and our free morning newsletter. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. You can download the free Patch iPhone app or free Patch Android app.)
You can watch a trailer of the Netflix documentary below. Black appears at the 1:01 mark.
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