Former Wiconsin state prosecutor Ken Kratz is claiming the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” intentionally left out some key pieces of evidence that supported the conviction of Steven Avery for the 2005 rape and murder of Teresa Halbach.
The docu-series, which follows Avery as he is released from 18 years in prison after a wrongful conviction for sexual assault only to be charged with a different murder two years later, strongly suggests that Avery was framed for the crime by Wisconsin law enforcement.
Kratz has been receiving a ton of criticism following the debut of the true-crime series, but in an interview Tuesday with People, the lawyer claims the series left out a few incriminating details to make its case more compelling.
“You don’t want to muddy up a perfectly good conspiracy movie with what actually happened,” he said, “and certainly not provide the audience with the evidence the jury considered to reject that claim.”
Photographer Teresa Halbach disappeared in 2005 following a photo shoot at Avery’s family’s auto shop, which Kratz said was a “trick” by Avery to lure her to the location. According to the prosecutor, phone records show that Avery took steps to disguise who was making the request for a photographer.
Kratz also told the magazine that some of Avery’s DNA was recovered from Halbach’s car and that couldn’t have been planted there by corrupt police, as the defense alleged. A bullet was also discovered in Avery’s garage that could only have been fired while the gun was in Avery’s possession, he said.
“[Halbach’s murder] was planned weeks ahead of time,” Kratz said. “[Avery] asked for that same girl to be sent. He was ready for her.”
Netflix in January: What's Coming and What to Watch Before It's Gone (Photos)
What's Coming Jan. 1:"The Rundown" Watch The Rock in one of his first comedic roles in this 2003 gem co-starring Seann William Scott, Christopher Walkin and Rosario Dawson.
More New Arrivals: "How To Change The World" "Journey To Les Mans" "We Need To Talk About Kevin" "Angry Birds Toons" (Season 2) "Ice Age: The Meltdown" "2 Fast 2 Furious" "Smokin' Acres 2: The Assassin's Ball" "Constantine" "Forensic Files: Collection 2" "Loins of Punjab" (Bollywood) "Piku" (Bollywood) "The Good Road" (Bollywood)
What to Watch Before It Leaves Jan. 1: "Rocky" 1-5 With "Creed" in theaters, use Christmas break to marathon most of the movies that came before Sylvester Stallone's third Golden Globe nomination for the franchise.
What's Coming Jan. 4:"Training Day" Watch one half of Denzel Washington's Oscar-winning performances before another lucky leading man takes home one of the most prestigious awards in Hollywood at the 2016 Academy Awards.
What to Watch Before It Leaves Jan. 4: "The Nightmare Before Christmas " Why? Because it's one of the most original Christmas movies ever. Or at least it was, when this blurb was written.
What's Coming Jan. 5:"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"(Season 10) and "New Girl" (Season 4) If you haven't seen either of these hilarious shows yet, watch them from the beginning. If you're a fan who doesn't have cable and are eagerly awaiting the chance to catch up, you're welcome.
What's Coming Jan. 8: "Adult World" Emma Roberts plays a naive college graduate who takes a job at a sex shop while being mentored by an aging poet played by John Cusack.
More New Arrivals: "Tom Segura: Mostly Stories" "Dragons: Race To The Edge"
What's Coming Jan. 12: "The Ladykillers" Joel and Ethan Cohen ("The Big Lebowski") co-wrote and co-directed this 2004 comedy remake starring Tom Hanks as the leader of a group of idiotic criminals attempting to pull off a heist from the bottom of an old lady's basement.
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What's Coming Jan 13: "Parks and Recreation" (Season 7) Did you miss the futuristic final season of this NBC comedy starring Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman and a bunch of other funny people? Now's your chance to see how it all ends.
What to Watch Before It Leaves on Jan. 14: "Beyond Scared Straight!" (Seasons 4-5) Last chance to set your troubled child on the right path by forcing him or her to watch other kids get yelled at by convicts who probably wish this A&E show was available to stream while they were growing up.
More New Arrivals: "Degrassi: The Next Class" (Season 1) "Occupied" "Moonwalkers" "The Last Five Years"
What's Coming Jan. 16: "Hyde Park On Hudson" Bill Murray fan? Check out one of his more charming performances as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The movie didn't get the best reviews, but it's probably more entertaining than that boring Christmas special he made for Netflix.
What's Coming Jan. 17: "Z Nation" (Season 2) Still not tired of zombies? Then Syfy's version of "The Walking Dead" might be up your alley.
What's Coming Jan. 23:"Chelsea Does" This four-part Netflix Original documentary series follows former E! late-night comedian Chelsea Handler on a personal journey through topics including drugs, marriage, racism and Silicon Valley.
What's Coming Jan. 25: "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"(Season 2) Fans of the show who are not fans of Robert Rodriguez's El Ray Network can now watch more adventures inspired by his 1996 action-horror movie starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino.
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What's Coming Jan. 28:"Frozen Planet" If you enjoyed previous nature documentaries "Blue Planet" and "Planet Earth," then we're willing to bet you'll enjoy watching nature at work in the arctic, too.
What's Coming Jan. 31: "Words and Pictures" Valentine's Day will be right around the corner, so not a bad time to nestle up next to your partner and watch this poorly reviewed romantic drama starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.
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