Larry Pollard, a lawyer-turned-businessman and former neighbor of convicted murderer Michael Peterson, has scheduled a news conference Thursday morning to try to bolster his hypothesis that an owl killed the novelist’s wife.
Pollard has insisted for more than four years that a neighborhood owl swooped down on Kathleen Peterson the night in 2001 that she was found dead at the base of a staircase in a pool of blood.
Prosecutors and police have put little stock in his theory, and Peterson’s defense lawyers did not mention the possibility during trial, but Pollard has continued to pore over investigative reports.
One SBI evidence report, Pollard says, mentions a microscopic feather found in Kathleen Peterson’s hand with some of her hair.
Pollard says that evidence was not listed in subsequent reports. He wants the case reopened. He'll make his case again at 11 a.m. Thursday outside the Durham County courthouse.
District Attorney David Saacks declined to comment about Pollard’s claims. Jim Hardin, the former DA who tried the case, has said before that there was no evidence of an owl attack.