Do ‘Making a Murderer’ Fans Think Steven Avery Should Be Released From Prison?
Ever since Making a Murderer first dropped on Netflix in 2015, fans have been practically begging for Steven Avery to be released from prison. Even though the documentary might have been unfairly biased making it look like Avery was innocent of murder, his fans weren’t dissuaded. In their minds, Steven Avery is a man who’s gone to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Twice.
And part of their argument is that Steven Avery has already served 18 years behind bars even though he was innocent. In 1985, Avery was tried and convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder. But after countless appeals and pleas to have the case reevaluated, Avery was exonerated thanks to DNA evidence.
Could that possibly happen again? It seems like a stretch, but if fans had their way that’s exactly what they want to see. Here’s what Making a Murderer addicts have to say about it.
Fans aren’t pleased with how the case was handled
The unique thing about the American justice system is that anyone accused of a crime doesn’t need to be proven innocent — they need to be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. And in Steven Avery’s case, fans are saying that never happened. Avery is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Teresa Halbach.
A big reason for that is evidence tampering. Fans are claiming that the Manitowoc County sheriff’s department shouldn’t have been involved in the investigation at all. Plus, the way they handled some of the crucial evidence in the case is downright negligent.
The most vital pieces of mishandled evidence were the bones of victim Teresa Halbach, which were returned to the deceased woman’s family before they could be properly tested. Zellner claims that bones found in the burn pit could have been planted, and that the presence of Halbach’s bones in the gravel pit near Avery’s property would call into question the state’s position that the murder and burning of the body all took place on Avery’s property.
Some people think Steven Avery is innocent
While almost everyone agrees that Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey is innocent, there are more mixed opinions on whether Steven Avery committed murder. One thing most people agree on, however, is that Avery should at least be given a new trial.
“I believe he’s likely guilty but [Brendan Dassey] is innocent,” one Reddit user said. “But I wouldn’t be surprised if the investigation showed that evidence was tampered with (not that this would necessarily mean Steven was innocent).”
Steven Avery’s lawyer is actively seeking the real killer
Most recently, Steven Avery’s lawyer Kathleen Zellner posted a $100,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of Teresa Halbach’s real killer. That’s exactly how Steven Avery was released from prison the first time — the real perpetrator led to his eventual exoneration.
Would fans be happy to see Steven Avery get out of jail? The ones claiming his innocence certainly would. As one Reddit user said, “I believe without a shadow of a doubt that Steven Avery is 100% innocent. You DO NOT COERCE an intellectually challenged kid into a false confession that evidence most definitely does not back up if you have ‘the right’ man in custody.”
It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out in court and if Steven Avery gets another chance in front of a judge and jury.