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!