Officer of justice in the Netflix Michael Peterson documentary ‘The Trap’ found dead

Freda Black, who was one of the North Carolina officers of justice in 2001, the murder trial of Michael Peterson, has died.


Freda Black, one of the North Carolina prosecutors involved in the notorious 2001 murder trial of Michael Peterson, has died. She was 57.

Peterson was accused of the murder of his wife Kathleen, whose body was found in a pool of blood on the bottom of the stairs in their Durham, N. C. home.

Want to Glenn, spokes for the Durham policde department told Fox News that Black, who gained fame after the successful prosecution of Peterson for the murder of his wife, in 2003, was found dead in her Durham home around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Glenn added the death of the former prosecutor apparently was not suspicious and the body was sent to the medical examiner.

Michael Peterson, right, and his attorney David Rudolf after Peterson’s guilty verdict is announced at his trial in 2003.


Both Peterson and Black recognition after the release of the 2018 Netflix docu-series titled “The Staircase”, which chronicles 2003 trail and Peterson his life after the conviction.

Black is 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.

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

In 2010, she tried to get a seat on the Durham district court bench, but was again unsuccessful.

In 2017, Peterson an Alford plea, in 2001, the death of his wife, Kathleen, after agreement of the prosecution had the evidence to convict him, though he still has his innocence.

In 2017, Michael Peterson, an Alford plea, in 2001, the death of his wife, Kathleen.


His lawyer said at the time that the prosecutors agreed to sentence him to eight years that he had already finished. He is out of prison since 2011 when a judge ordered a new trial.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

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