Saturday 17 March 2018

Petitions for release of 'Making a Murderer' subjects gather more than 500,000 signatures

Making A Murderer
Making A Murderer
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Two petitions calling for the release of two US prisoners, whose stories are charted in Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, have gathered more than 500,000 signatures.

A petition on the White House website has drawn 108,922 signatures while another on Change.Org has gathered 304,224.

They were created shortly after the launch of the hugely successful 13-part series on Netflix on December 18.

Making a Murderer charts the case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who was wrongly imprisoned in 1985 for the sexual assault of a local woman.

**WARNING: Spoilers**

DNA evidence proved his innocence and his conviction was overturned, resulting in his release in 2003.

Brendan Dassey stands trial for the murder of Teresa Halbach
Brendan Dassey stands trial for the murder of Teresa Halbach

However, two years later, after Avery filed a $36m lawsuit against Manitowoc County for his wrongful conviction, Avery was charged with the murder or a freelance photographer.

Teresa Halbach had an appointment at the Avery family business and was last seen at the premises.

Avery claims he was framed for Halbach's murder. 

His 16-year-old nephew Brendan Dassey was also implicated in the photographer's death and both were convicted of the crime.

The White House petition claims that "the justice system embarrassingly failed both men, completely ruining their entire lives."

It also claims that Manitowoc County police used "improper methods" during the course of their investigation which resulted in the conviction of the two men in March 2007.

The petition calls on President Obama to pardon the two men.

Manitowoc County police have denied claims of wrongdoing with former district attorney Ken Kratz telling a local news station that "80 to 90 per cent" of the physical evidence that allegedly ties Avery to Halbach's murder was not revealed in the documentary.

The show's creators Laura Ricciari and Moira Demos deny his claim that he was not given the chance to respond to the documentary's allegations.

Read more: Spoiler Alert: Making A Murderer directors reveal shocking claims from juror

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