Since the release of Netflix’s striking true-crime documentary “Making A Murderer,” people throughout the country have been debating the innocence or guilt of Steven Avery. Now, with the documentary a decided hit, its creators are speaking out about their feelings on Avery’s continued incarceration.
“Making A Murderer” creators Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, who spent 10 years researching and following the Avery case in order to make the series, appeared on Tuesday's episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to discuss their work. Inevitably, the host ended up asking each of them what they thought of the verdict to convict Avery, as well as his nephew Brendan Dassey, for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
“My personal opinion is that the state did not meet its burden either in Steven Avery’s case or in Brendan Dassey’s case,” Ricciardi answered in the video below. “So, in my opinion, not guilty.”
Her comments were soon followed by her co-creator, Demos, who elaborated further on the concept of the state of Wisconsin's case against Avery.
“He could be guilty,” she said. “But is he guilty beyond a reasonable doubt? Nothing I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot of stuff. Nothing I’ve seen convinced me of that.”
The two women, who are as close to experts on the case as anyone ever will be, weren’t exactly surprising anyone with their comments. After all, the documentary dealt heavily with the defense’s claim that Avery and Dassey were the victims of a police conspiracy to obtain a conviction against him and stop his wrongful conviction lawsuit from a previous case in which Avery served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit.
Fortunately for those convinced of Avery’s innocence, or simply that the state prosecutor’s office didn’t do its job well enough, the battle to get him out of jail is ongoing. According to the Wrap, Avery has been given new legal representation from Illinois-based attorney Kathleen Zellner, who seems adamant about taking this case as far as it will go in order to see Mr. Avery released from prison once again.
“We are continuing to examine every aspect of Mr. Avery’s case and all of his legal options," Zellner told the outlet. "We are confident Mr. Avery’s conviction will be vacated when we present the new evidence and results of our work to the appropriate court.”
In addition, People reports that Avery himself has filed another appeal for his case claiming he was unable to get an impartial jury.