Freda Black, the prosecutor from The Staircase, has been found dead in her home


Freda Black, the prosecutor in the 2003 Michael Peterson murder trial, has been found dead in her home over the weekend, reports the News & Observer.

The trial became the basis for the true crime documentary, The Staircase.

Black's body was found by a family member at around 3:30 PM on Sunday.

Durham police say that the death did not appear suspicious and that the medical examiner would provide more information.

Peterson's trial for the murder of his wife Kathleen received renewed attention in recent months when The Staircase aired on Netflix. In Black's closing arguments she expressed disgust at Peterson's bisexuality and presented his affairs with men as a motive for Kathleen's murder. Peterson's 2003 conviction was overturned in 2011 and in 2017 he entered an Alford plea and was released on credit for time served.