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Guilty or Not? – Steven Avery

Netflix premiered a new series “Making A Murderer” in December 2015. The ten-part documentary caught the eyes of millions of viewers across the country, but more specifically, the residents of Wisconsin.

Making a Murderer details the life of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man whose family owned an auto salvage yard in Manitowoc County. In 1985, Avery was arrested and convicted of the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen, despite having an alibi. After serving 18 years in prison, Avery was exonerated with the aid of the Innocence Project, when the DNA in the case was matched to another man guilty of crimes in the area. After Avery was released from prison in 2003, he filed a $36 million civil lawsuit against Manitowoc County and several county officials associated with his first arrest. Soon after filing the lawsuit, he was accused of the murder of Teresa Halbach, a photographer who was seen on the Avery family property to photograph a minivan for sale.

The documentary exposed issues and procedures in the Manitowoc County sheriff’s department that led to Avery’s original conviction. It suggests the county officials had a conflict of interest in participating in the investigation of Halbach’s murder. Brendan Dassey, Avery’s nephew, was also accused and convicted as an accomplice in the murder. The series depicts his trial as well.

What is your opinion on the case? Is Steven Avery guilty, or is an innocent man in jail for the rest of his life? To check out some theories of what others think really happened

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