CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The man once sentenced to life behind bars for the death of his wife in their North Carolina mansion expects to leave a courthouse as an officially free man.
Michael Peterson says he's agreed to accept an Alford plea in the 2001 death of his wife Kathleen, whose body was found at the bottom of a staircase. That means he agrees the prosecution has the evidence to convict him though he still maintains his innocence.
His attorney says prosecutors have agreed to sentence him to the eight years he already served. He's been out of prison since 2011, when a judge ordered a new trial.
In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Peterson says he no longer theorizes on how his wife died. He says all he knows for certain is that he "absolutely, positively" had nothing to do with her death.