Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is weighing in on the discussion surrounding the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer" and wants people to know all the facts before coming to a conclusion on the Steven Avery case. As previously reported, the 10-part docuseries has sparked debate as to whether Avery – serving a life sentence for the murder of Teresa Halbach – was framed.
Taking to Twitter Monday, Walker posted: "Viewers of Netflix series on Steven Avery should read unanimous Court of Appeals opinion b4 jumping to conclusions." He then provided a link to the legal document.
Below are four shocking revelations from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals opinion:
1. Avery, who still maintains his innocence, stated in the document that there were several other people on the Avery Salvage Yard the day Halbach was killed. As previously reported, the convict has said he believes his brothers, Charles and Earl, could have committed the crime. In the Court of Appeals opinion, Avery, 53, also lists another potential suspect: his sister Barb Janda's boyfriend Scott Tadych. Avery claims Tadych was on the property at the time, and that he tried to sell a .22-caliber rifle belonging to one of Barb's sons after Halbach's murder.
2. Avery believed his brother Charles was extremely jealous of him and stated in the legal document that Charles was upset over the amount of money he was going to get from the state of Wisconsin. Avery filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against the state after he was exonerated and released from prison after being wrongly convicted of rape. Avery also said his brother was upset over his potential share in the family business and over his girlfriend.
3. The court opinion also provided more information on the police finding Halbach's key in Avery's bedroom. According to the document, police searched the room for an hour. The key was allegedly discovered after an officer "tipped and twisted a bookcase, pulling it away from the wall."
4. There also seems to be some dispute surrounding one of the jurors' dismissal from the case. In the Netflix docuseries, it wasn't revealed why the juror asked to be excused. In the Court of Appeals opinion it was said that his stepdaughter was involved in a car accident that totaled her vehicle. It also stated that the juror and his wife were having marital problems and his being sequestered for the trial was adding stress to the relationship. But during Avery's post-conviction motion, the juror denied that he was having marriage issues at the time of the trial and said his stepdaughter was not involved in an accident. The trial court said his testimony was "not credible."