Netflix Drops New Trailer for True-Crime Series ‘The Staircase’

Set to debut in June, the series revisits the murder trial of alleged wife-killer Michael Peterson.

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Novelist Michael Peterson agreed to an “Alford plea,” which enables him to maintain his innocence in the death of his wife Kathleen Peterson in 2001, even as he acknowledges that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)

In 2001, novelist Michael Peterson called the police, saying that his wife had had an accident and was dead after falling down the stairs in their home. A Peabody Award-winning series, The Staircase, followed the subsequent murder trial, with French director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade taking viewers through the unbelievable twists and turns of the case in an eight-episode documentary. The trial ultimately led to Peterson’s conviction, but the story didn’t end there. In 2011, Peterson was released from prison after it was revealed that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation gave misleading information during the case.

Now, Netflix is re-upping the series, with Lestrade showing what life is like for Peterson after his release. There will be three new episodes, providing an expansive look at a two-decade search for truth and justice.

Watch the trailer below, and be prepared to binge June 4.

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