NET­FLIX star to ap­pear at city gig

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY JODIE MOLYNEUX

A LAWYER who stars in a pop­u­lar true crime doc­u­men­tary on Net­flix is to host a dis­cus­sion in the north-east early next year.

The Stair­case is cur­rently air­ing on the stream­ing gi­ant and tells the story of Michael Peter­son, who was ac­cused of mur­der­ing his sec­ond wife Kath­leen. Now, Peter­son’s de­fence at­tor­ney David Ru­dolf, in­set, who fea­tures heav­ily in the doc­u­men­tary, will share his strug­gles with the case at an event in The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, on Jan­uary 20. David, who rep­re­sented Peter­son un­til Oc­to­ber 2014, is ex­pected to dis­cuss his in­ter­nal con­flicts to­wards the case along with var­i­ous hy­pothe­ses as to what hap­pened. He said: “The case re­ally bal­looned. I am still do­ing my usual cases that de­mand my at­ten­tion but this was an op­por­tu­nity to broaden my reach. “I have the chance to talk about the is­sues that I have been learn­ing about for the past 40 years. “Come next year, we will all be talk­ing about the next hot thing so I’m mak­ing the most of it all.” David, who is in the North Carolina Lawyer Hall of Fame, said he is con­vinced of Peter­son’s in­no­cence. He added: “I still speak to Michael from time to time, as well as his daugh­ters, but mainly in a pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity. I am still ab­so­lutely cer­tain that Michael is in­no­cent – I have no doubt.” The Stair­case, orig­i­nally re­leased in 2004, came on Net­flix in June to crit­i­cal ac­claim and fo­cuses on the story of nov­el­ist Michael Peter­son, who served 98 months in pri­son for mur­der­ing his sec­ond wife Kath­leen. Kath­leen was found at the bot­tom of a stair­case in their home. Prose­cu­tors said her in­juries were too se­vere to be caused by a sim­ple fall and her hus­band was charged with mur­der. The se­ries covers the var­i­ous the­o­ries as to how Kath­leen sus­tained the in­juries, in­clud­ing the “owl the­ory” in which it is thought the mum-ofone was at­tacked by the large bird.

David Ru­dolf, right, with Michael Peter­son, cen­tre, who was ac­cused of mur­der­ing his sec­ond wife Kath­leen

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