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Attorneys for Durham novelist accused of murder continue attack on SBI agent

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for a Durham novelist serving a
life sentence for the murder of his wife are continuing their
attack on the work of a State Bureau of Investigation agent who
testified at the trial.

SBI agent Duane Deaver was fired earlier this year for reasons
not related to his testimony at the murder trial of Michael
Peterson, convicted in 2003 of killing his wife, Kathleen, at their
Durham mansion.

SBI documents introduced at the hearing Wednesday showed that
Deaver had a strong bias for the prosecution early in his career.

On Tuesday, the SBI internal affairs director testified that
Deaver exaggerated his training and experience under oath when he
was certified as an expert witness in Peterson’s trial.

Peterson is trying to get a new trial.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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