Novelist, whose conviction in wife’s death was overturned, says he’s innocent despite manslaughter plea – Chicago Tribune

Novelist Michael Peterson agreed to a plea deal Friday that enables him to maintain his innocence even as he acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter in his wife’s death. The district attorney, for his part, insisted that he’s guilty.

Wearing a dark suit and flanked by his defense team, Peterson answered questions from Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson and agreed to the terms of his Alford plea.

But before he could leave, he got a scolding from Candace Zamperini, whose sister Kathleen’s body was found at the bottom of a staircase in their North Carolina mansion on Dec. 9, 2001.

Zamperini described Peterson’s accounts of his wife’s death as a “fictionalized story” and berated her former brother-in-law, telling him “Kathleen was the best person you ever had in your life.”

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