Over 150,000 People Sign A Petition To Release 'Making Of A Murderer''s Steven Avery

It’s the television series which has gripped Ireland as thousands tuned into Netflix to watch Making A Murderer.

And now fans are offering some hope for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, the subjects of the documentary.

Two online petitions demanding their release have now received more than 150,000 signatures from people who watched the show.

The 10-episode documentary centres around the murder trial of Avery and Dassey after the brutal killing of a 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

The series begins with Avery being released after serving 18 years in prison for a sexual assault that new DNA ­evidence proved he did not commit.

But, after returning to his family, who run a scrapyard, and trying to rebuild his life, Avery was arrested again.

Days before his lawyers were to take crucial statements to support his $37 million (€35 million) lawsuit against the local police and county prosecutors, he was accused of the terrible murder of Teresa, who was raped and shot.

The shocking series follows the investigation and trials, leading many to believe a miscarriage of justice occurred.

The case against Avery was strengthened when his 16-year-old nephew Brendan Dassey told police that his uncle had instructed him to rape Teresa Halbach and to help him dispose of her body.

But the documentary revealed Dassey has learning difficulties and throughout the series, his story changes dramatically as he is interrogated.

Both men have appealed their sentence and like his previous conviction Steven Avery is maintaining his innocence, claiming that he was framed by officers angry at the fact he had launched a lawsuit against them.

Clip from Making a Murderer - Over 150,000 People Sign A Petition To Release 'Making Of A Murderer''s Steven Avery
Clip from Making a Murderer

Avery is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole while Dassey, now 26, will not get parole until October 2048.

In recent days former district attorney Ken Kratz has stood by Avery’s prosecution, claiming the filmmakers left out essential evidence that was important to the case.

He told People magazine that Avery “targeted” Halbach, after she had previously visited the family property for a photo shoot for AutoTrader magazine.

According to Kratz, Avery allegedly opened his door that day “just wearing a towel.”

“She was creeped out [by him],” Kratz said. “She said she would not go back because she was scared of him.”

He said on the day Halbach was killed, Avery called AutoTrader magazine and asked them to send “that same girl who was here last time.”

This call to AutoTrader magazine on the day of Halbach’s death was just one of the pieces of evidence Kratz said was left out of the Netflix series.

But Laura Riccardi who made the documentary with Moira Demos defended their position.

She told The Wrap website: “It was a nearly six-week-long trial, and it would just be impossible for us to include all of the less significant evidence.

“Without getting into trying to refute specific pieces of evidence, I would say that our role here was as documentarians. We were not advocates. We’re not part of an adversarial system. We were documenting this case as it was unfolding.”

The petitions will be forwarded to The White House where Avery’s supporters hope President Obama will step in to clear his name.

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