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Freda Black, prosecutor in Michael Peterson case, found dead in her home

DURHAM, N.C.(WNCN) - Freda Black, a former Durham County prosecutor, has passed away, her family confirmed to CBS 17.

Black, 57, was a prosecutor in the Michael Peterson murder trial which was the focus of the Netflix series "The Staircase."

Family confirms she died at her home off S. Roxboro Street where she lived by herself. Her body was found over the weekend. 

Durham police said her death does not appear to be suspicious at this time. 

Her body has been sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Black gave closing arguments at the 2003 trial that ended with novelist Peterson convicted of murdering his wife.

A judge later ordered a new trial, and Peterson entered a special plea in 2017 acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of manslaughter.

CBS 17 will update this story as it develops. 

The Associated Press contributed to this article. 

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