Prosecutor in Netflix Michael Peterson documentary 'The Staircase' found dead

Freda Black, One of the North Carolina prosecutors involved in the infamous 2001 case of Micheal Peterson and his wife Kathleen, who was found dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase in their home, has died. 

According to the Daily Mail, Black, who gained fame after convicting Peterson for the murder of his wife in 2003 alongside the then North Carolina District Attorney, was found dead in her Durham, North Carolina home around 3:30 pm on Sunday.

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Michael Peterson and his attorney David Rudolf after guilty conviction is announced at the trial in 2003.  (Netflix)

A spokesman for the Durham police told the outlet that the death of the 57-year-old former prosecutor did not seem to be suspicious and the body has been sent off to the medical examiner. 

Both Peterson and Black have regained recognition following the released of the 2018 Netflix docu-series titled “The Staircase,” which chronicles the 2001 death of Peterson’s wife, the 2003 trail and his life after sentencing. 

Black was famous for her closing arguments during the Peterson trial, which successfully convinced the jury of 12 that the local novelist was guilty of killing his wife. 

Following the trial, Black ran two campaigns for district attorney between 2006 and 2008, but lost both times. 

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Peterson in jail after 8 years seeking to have his conviction overturned.  (Netflix)

In 2010, she attempted to for a seat on the Durham district court bench, but was once again unsuccessful. 

In 2017, Perterson was given a new trial, which where he entered a new plea allowing prosecutors to convict him of manslaughter. Now, the 74-year-old thanks the documentary, which was edited over the course of 15 years, for helping him to overturn his conviction. 

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