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    Michael Peterson and The Staircase

    For anyone not familiar with Michael Peterson and the death of his wife, Kathleen, here's his wiki page.

    I didn't watch the trial as it happened, but I remember watching CourtTV and listening to all the analysts talk about it and I was convinced of his guilt. So it was a good thing when the verdict came back guilty and he was sentenced to life without parole.

    Peterson was granted a new trial in 2011 and was released from prison pending his new trial. The state's blood expert was fired and was found to have falsely represented evidence in dozens of cases, including this one.

    I saw the documentary The Staircase pop up in my FB newsfeed the other day, so I decided to start watching it. I've gotta say, I was convinced that nothing would change my mind about his guilt even if the blood expert had lied because I couldn't get past how much blood there was from his wife's alleged fall down the stairs.

    I've got to say, even though I started off extremely skeptical, I've completely moved to the "there is reasonable doubt" side of the fence. There are too many inconsistencies - how could he have beaten her to death without cast off blood? Beaten her in the head without fracturing her skull? The defense finally found something called a blow poke in the garage, covered in spiders and dirt, that the prosecution said was the murder weapon that had suspiciously gone missing.

    I really don't see how this jury could have found him guilty of first degree murder.

    You can watch the documentary here. I signed up for the 30 day free trial so I could watch it on my Roku. Highly recommend for the trial addicts here!

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    Is this the case where some expert says she was attacked by a bird? I need to go google

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    Yes! It was an owl theory

    "The case has also been closely followed because of an alternative defense explanation that has become known as the Owl Theory.

    That evidence included a feather that was found at the scene and affidavits from neuroscientists and veterinary experts — including specialists from the Smithsonian Institution — saying the wounds on Kathleen Peterson's head were consistent with those that would occur if an owl had somehow become entangled in her hair."
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2011...rder-case?lite

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    An owl? Eek. I'd hate to be killed by an owl.

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    Yes, I think the owl theory is preposterous. Michael didn't say anything about her being attacked outside as she went into the house. And if there was an owl attack inside the house, there would have be a lot more evidence than just a feather. That was never brought up during trial, and I believe was something some random person came up with after the conviction when reviewing the evidence.

    I just watched the update documentary, The Staircase II, eight years after the first. It shows the hearings to get Michael Peterson released. Duane Deaver, the blood expert, should be prosecuted and put in jail himself! His perjury committed as a blood expert put at least one innocent man in jail for 17 years until the Innocence Project helped him get released. Outrageous!

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    There's more physical evidence of the owl than Michael Peterson, which is all that's necessary. Unless you want to convict the owl.

    This is the third high profile wife murder case involving a Mr Peterson. Fourth if you count Drew twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WQ View Post
    This is the third high profile wife murder case involving a Mr Peterson. Fourth if you count Drew twice.
    Yeah, that's kinda freaky!

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    I watched the Owl expert talk about how it could have happened (it was a while back), but it seemed very plausible.

    She went outside, got attacked and came in and fell at the bottom of the stairs.

    Something like that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprockey View Post
    I watched the Owl expert talk about how it could have happened (it was a while back), but it seemed very plausible.

    She went outside, got attacked and came in and fell at the bottom of the stairs.

    Something like that
    Except Michael was supposedly outside with her at the pool, and then she said she had to get up early, so she left him and walked into the house and he didn't say anything about an owl attack on her way into the house.

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    I thought she went out alone and he was upstairs (and subsequently found her at the bottom of the stairs)?

    Like I said, I watched it a while back and don't remember the details or time line.

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