'Making a Murderer' Lawyers Reveal Evidence That Wasn't Shown in Documentary
The Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" is wildly popular, but its accuracy is being heavily debated.
The series focuses on Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey’s murder convictions and life sentences in the death of Teresa Halbach in 2005.
Tonight, Megyn Kelly spoke to Avery's former defense attorney and the prosecutor involved in the controversial case.
Former district attorney of Calumet County, Wisconsin, Ken Kratz, who prosecuted Avery, told Megyn that crucial facts were left out of the series, making the case appear more mysterious than it really was.
He explained that the most persuasive evidence that was not included in the documentary was DNA found on the hood latch of Halbach's vehicle, which turned out to be Avery’s.
"Importantly, it was non-blood DNA," Kratz said, noting that helped debunk the defense's theory that a vial of Avery's blood was planted at the crime scene.
He explained this second form of DNA clearly linked Avery to the crime scene, even if the defense's theory about blood being planted was somehow true.
"The documentary suggests that this is all a mystery," Kratz said. "It wasn't a mystery at all. It was all tied up with evidence at the trial."
Megyn asked Avery's former defense attorney, Dean Strang, how he explains the fact that Halbach's bones were found in a fire pit outside Avery's trailer.
Strang argued that the bones were moved there, and evidence which was omitted from the documentary supports that claim.
He revealed that a forensic anthropologist testified that an open flame couldn't have destroyed a human body in the way that Halbach's bones were destroyed.
He added that other bones were found in a barrel next door and also in a nearby quarry, and they were also female and burned.
Strang said the evidence makes it clear that Halbach's body was burned somewhere else and moved to Avery's fire pit.
As for the non-blood DNA found on Halbach's vehicle, Strang said that Avery's DNA could have been obtained from any surface and transferred to the hood latch.
Strang also disagreed with Kratz's claim that the documentary was unfair to the prosecution's case.
He said that both sides had evidence that wasn't included in the documentary, but Kratz's best arguments were featured.
"It was fair," Strang stated.
Watch more on this fascinating case in the interviews above and below.