“Based on the evidence in the Netflix documentary series ‘Making a Murderer, ‘ the justice system embarrassingly failed both men, completely ruining their entire lives”, reads the appeal in the open petition section of the White House website.
The Whitehouse.gov petition needs to reach 100,000 signatures by January 19 before the administration will comment on the request for a pardon.
The former prosecutors also said the fellow inmate revealed that Avery told him the best way to get rid of a body was to “burn it” because the heat destroys DNA evidence.
But Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey – the two men convicted of the murder that is at the center of the 10-part series – are actually white. Shortly after his release – and right as he was in the middle of a $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County for his incarceration – Avery found himself facing life in prison on rape and murder charges in Halbach’s death. Both were convicted and sentenced to life terms, but only Dassey is eligible for parole – in 2048.
Teresa Halbach had an appointment at the Avery family business and was last seen at the premises.
In addition to a Change.org petition calling for President Obama to pardon Avery (which he can’t do because the case was not federal), Curtis Busse is behind the Steven Avery Project Facebook Page with yet another petition calling for action.
In 2009, Avery told the court that he believes there’s a good chance that his brothers – Charles Avery and Earl Avery – may have committed the murder, and he makes a strong case for why they should at least be investigated.
It said there is clear evidence that the Manitowoc County sheriff’s department used “improper methods” to convict Avery and Dassey. Her phone and camera were found 20 feet from Avery’s door. He was then found guilty of Teresa’s murder years later.
Kratz maintains that several pieces of key evidence presented during the trial are not in the documentary.
This information was announced by the filmmakers during an interview on the Today show.
Kratz did tell the Times that he wished sheriff’s deputies from Manitowoc County had been less involved in the investigation. But Kratz said any allegations of planted evidence are “nonsense”.